Due to the new government restrictions on social contact, we regret that our Exhibition has been cancelled.

21st March – 19th April 2020

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

Saturday 21st March – Sunday 19th April 2020

The Methodist Modern Art Collection is one of Britain’s most important collections of modern religious art. It comprises more than fifty paintings, prints, drawings, relief and mosaics. 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 21st March until Sunday 19th April 2020. Opening hours are 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Admission is free. Around the exhibition we have organised a programme of exciting creative events which will be hosted in our local churches and includes workshops, talks, and reflections alongside projects engaging local schools and art groups. Admission is also free to these events (except where stipulated) 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 stages in the life of Jesus, before focussing on his crucifixion and resurrection. The artists include famous names from the British art world of the last hundred years alongside more contemporary artists. Some are Christian, others are 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)

Galatians 3.27-29

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

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.

  • Sunday 1st March:      “Jesus for all people”                    Baptist Church
  • Sunday 8th March:      “His Passion for all People”             Methodist Church
  • Sunday 15th March:    “His Death for all People”          St. Anne’s Church
  • Sunday 22nd March:   “He Lives for all People”         Holy Family Catholic Church
  • Sunday 29th March:    “We are His People”                 Riverside Elim Church
  • Sunday 5th April:         “Taize – Worship for all People”      St. Anne’s Church

Saturday 21st March

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

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

Wednesday 25th March

7.00 p.m. “The Story of the Methodist Modern Art Collection” (Methodist Church) A talk by Sarah Middleton, freelance Arts Manager and a Methodist Local Preacher.  As part of her MA Arts & Cultural Management degree she evaluated the impact of the Methodist Modern Art Collection in churches and galleries.

Friday 27th March

10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.       Quiet Space    (Friends Meeting House) Enjoy some down time for reflection. This quiet, historic building offers a welcoming and peaceful environment for spiritual exploration.

Saturday 28th March

11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.  “Every Picture Tells a Story”    (Baptist Church) A story-telling performance based on one of the pictures from the MMAC given by Simon Airey. Simon has been telling stories professionally for 20 years, and won the Golden Yarn award for the best storyteller at the Bristol Storytelling Festival 2010.

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

Tuesday 31st March

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.

Thursday 2nd April                              

10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.   Lino Print Workshop   (Bewdley Museum – Foundry Studio) Led by Artist and Educator Hilary Baker. Learn the technique of lino printmaking in a friendly and informative atmosphere in Hilary’s studio at the Museum. Design and make your own fine art prints and even transform them into cards. £35 inclusive of all materials and refreshments. Call or text Hilary on 07796092262 to reserve your place.

Friday 3rd April

10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.       Quiet Space    (Friends Meeting House) Enjoy some down time for reflection. This quiet, historic building offers a welcoming and peaceful environment for spiritual exploration.

Saturday 4th April

11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. “Poetry, Faith, Art & Resistance: working through the Methodist Modern Art Collection”        (Baptist Church) A poetry reading workshop led by Alexander Anderson. Bring paper and pencil. Alexander is a writer and artist  from Birmingham, and is studying for a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia.

Sunday 5th April – Thursday 9th April: Holy Week

Join us for worship services offered throughout the week in all our Bewdley Churches.

Friday 10th April – Good Friday

10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.       Quiet Space    (Friends Meeting House) Enjoy some down time for reflection. This quiet, historic building offers a welcoming and peaceful environment for spiritual exploration.

12.30 p.m.       Stations of the Cross     (Holy Family Catholic Church) A traditional service of remembrance & reflection, everyone welcome.

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.

7.30 p.m.     St. John Passion    (St. Anne’s Church) A performance of Bach’s St. John Passion performed by Bewdley’s Festival Voices with Musical Director Alastair Elliott.

Sunday 12th April Easter Day

Join us for worship services offered in all our Bewdley Churches.

Friday 17th April

10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.       Quiet Space    (Friends Meeting House) Enjoy some down time for reflection. This quiet, historic building offers a welcoming and peaceful environment for spiritual exploration.

Sunday 19th April

12.00 p.m.      “For All People – A Celebration”       (Jubilee Gardens) Our closing event – bring a picnic as we share our experiences of the past four weeks and reflect on the time we have shared – “For All People”.

Eularia Clarke “The Five Thousand” (1962)

3.00 p.m. Exhibition closes.

Events brochure


Our Sponsors


For further information contact:

Jim Ineson E-mail: jim.ineson@gmail.com 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.