Perth’s annual Stations of the Cross exhibition is returning to Wesley Uniting Church in the City this Easter. This unique Western Australian event features newly created artworks, specially commissioned for the show. This year’s exhibition includes such eminent artists as Brian McKay alongside some of the strongest visual art talents currently at work in Western Australia’s visual art scene.
Every year 15 artists are invited to respond to the traditional Easter story known as the ‘Stations of the Cross’. The challenge put to each artist is to draw on their own personal understanding of the meaning of Easter and share their thoughts and idea in a newly created artwork. The result is a unique and often powerful exhibition comprised of a fascinating collection of visual interpretations that tackle some of the most complex aspects of the human condition; namely the journey of life and death that lie at the heart of Easter.
“The Stations of the Cross exhibition always provides an exciting new take on the traditional Easter narrative, and this year has proved to be no exception” says exhibition curator Catherine Czerw. “It has been wonderful to work with so many widely admired names with such strong professinal reputations; but equally satisfying to be able to offer opportunities to some fresh new faces such as Natalia Treviño Lozano, a young Colombian artist currently studying in Perth. The quality of the responses is second to none, and with such a strong line-up of artists working across painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and textiles, there is much to appreciate, contemplate and enjoy.”
Stations of the Cross 2013 features specially commissioned artworks by Toby Bell, Robert Birch, Victor France, Marie Hobbs, Peggy Lyon, Anne McCaughey, Brian McKay, Peter Saxon, Annette Seeman, Cathy Swioklo, John Teschendorff, Natalia Triviño Lozano, Jane Whiteley, Lauren Wilhelm and Andrea Vinkovic.
But the last word should go to Rev Don Dowling, Minister of Wesley Uniting Church – Perth Uniting Church and the man responsible for establishing Perth’s annual Stations of the Cross exhibition five years ago: “These artists have blessed us as by offering artworks that assist us explore this journey we call life. Our purpose is to create a reflective space that allows conversation so that as we discuss these works, we gain a deeper understanding of our journey as human beings together. We invite everyone to view the exhibition as a medium to a deeper story, a different story, a story of hope and love.”
Stations of the Cross 2013 will be presented at Wesley Uniting Church in the City, corner of Hay and William Streets, from Saturday 23rd March to Monday 1st April. The exhibition is open daily from 9am to 5pm and entry is free.