After two years of Covid-enforced cancellations, we are delighted to announce that our exhibition will take place in 2022

Bewdley Museum, Load Street, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2AE

Saturday 26th March – Sunday 24th April 2022

Open Daily: 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.

Admission Free

The Methodist Modern Art Collection is one of Britain’s most important collections of modern religious art, comprising more than fifty paintings, prints, drawings, relief and mosaics. The artists include famous names from the British art world of the last 100 years (Graham Sutherland, Edward Burra, Patrick Heron, Elisabeth Frink) alongside more contemporary artists. Our exhibition in Bewdley will feature 20 of the pieces.

Our Exhibition

The exhibition has been organised by Bewdley Churches Together, an ecumenical grouping comprising Bewdley Methodist Church, Bewdley Baptist Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, Riverside Elim Church, Bewdley Quakers and our four Church of England congregations. It is financially supported by various local organisations, to whom we offer our grateful thanks:  St. George’s Hall Trustees; Abberton Spire Fund; Bewdley Civic Society; Bewdley Development Trust; Helen Rachael Mackaness Charitable Trust; Bewdley Town Council; Bewdley Methodist Church; St. Anne’s Church, Bewdley.

Our Venues

The paintings are on display in the Wyre Forest Gallery at Bewdley Museum every day from Saturday 26th March until Sunday 24th April 2022. Opening hours are 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Admission is free. Around the exhibition we have organised a programme of workshops, talks, and reflections which will be hosted in our local churches. Admission is also free to these events and details can be found in our events brochure. The venues for these events are within walking distance from the Museum.

Our Selection

The 20 pieces selected for our exhibition depict scenes from different events in the life of Jesus, before focussing on his crucifixion and resurrection. Some of the artists are Christian, others not, and they therefore offer widely differing perspectives on the Christian story. We hope that whether you are a person of faith or no faith, Christian or non-Christian, you will find yourself challenged in intriguing new ways through this exhibition.

The name of our exhibition is taken from the title of a linocut print by John Muafangejo: Israel, Jews, Christians, Heathen, Our God for all People (1981)

In this work, there are two images of Christ, both half black and half white. In the upper one he stretches out his robed arms, while in the lower one, the same arms are naked on the cross. The diversity of the faces in between shows that all are received without distinction. The universality of God’s love was a theme to which the artist kept returning.

Calendar of Events

On-going events

Sunday Evening Lenten Programme: “Reflections For All People“. Bewdley Churches Together will hold joint services at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday evenings throughout Lent, each evening featuring a reflection on a painting chosen from the Collection by one of our Ministers.

Thursday Quiet Space Each Thursday in April (7th, 14th, 21st), we provide a space for quiet thought and reflection between 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House. This historic building offers a welcoming and peaceful environment for all.

Saturday 26th March

11.00 a.m. “For All People” exhibition opens  (Bewdley Museum)

Sunday 27th March

11.00 a.m. “A child could have done that!”  (Baptist Church) An interactive one hour talk that decodes Modern Art, by local artist and educator Hilary Baker.

Wednesday 30th March

7.00 p.m. How the Methodist Modern Art Collection “speaks to” current issues of the day  (Methodist Church) A talk by Sarah Middleton, freelance Arts Manager and a Methodist Local Preacher. 

Saturday 2nd April

11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.  “Every Picture Tells a Story”    (Baptist Church) A storytelling performance based on one of the pictures from the Collection given by Simon Airey, and followed by…….

1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.    Story-Telling Workshop    (Baptist Church) Develop the art of storytelling in an interactive workshop run by Simon Airey. Limited places available – sign up during the morning session.

Wednesday 6th April

2.30 p.m.   “Jesus the Painter: What’s the Story?”    (Methodist Church) In words and music, local Methodist preacher Mike Dernie FRSA leads an interactive exploration of the way Jesus ‘painted pictures’ for his listeners – and how he is still painting on the canvas of our lives.

Friday 15th April – Good Friday

2.00 p.m.    “Together in the Garden”  (Jubilee Gardens) The Bewdley churches join together for an outdoor service reflecting on the events of Good Friday. All welcome.

3.00 p.m.    “There is a green hill…”     Meet at St. Anne’s Church for a guided walk to the foot of the cross at Bewdley’s own Golgotha, where we will hold a short service.

Sunday 24th April

3.00 p.m. Exhibition closes.

Our Sponsors

For further information contact:

Jim Ineson E-mail: Tel: 01299 405645

Venue Map

  • Bewdley Museum, Load Street, DY12 2AE
  • St. Anne’s Church, Load Street, DY12 2AE
  • Methodist Church, High Street, DY12 2DH
  • Baptist Church, High Street, DY12 2DJ
  • Holy Family Catholic Church, High Street, DY12 2DJ
  • Friends Meeting House, Lower Park, DY12 2DP
  • Riverside Elim Church, Dog Lane, DY12 2EF

Pictures from the Methodist Modern Art Collection (c) TMCP used with permission.