Elisabeth Forster art talk 2012

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Elisabeth ForsterElisabeth Forster (pictured) will give a talk entitled 'Looking at the Story of Christian Art' at The Wesley church centre, St John Street, Chester CH1 1DA, on Wednesday 17 October, starting at 2pm. The talk has been organised as part of the Wesley's exhibition of modern Christian art to be held from 22 September to 27 October, Monday to Saturday.

Elisabeth – who is married to the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster – will discuss the stylistic developments in art from the early Church through to the Renaissance.

Elisabeth's degree in history of art is, she says, is very much part of her Christian journey through life.

The talk will take place upstairs at the church centre. Advance booking is recommended as there is limited space in the room. To book phone 01244 323037 or email office@wesleychester.co.uk

Some 35 pieces will be displayed, courtesy of the acclaimed Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art, as part of the Wesley’s ‘In The Image’ exhibition.

Among them will be the one pictured below, a Dalit Madonna and child by Jyoti Sahi. The Dalits are the Indian people formerly known as ‘the untouchables’. Methodists have strong links with them in mission partnership and social justice campaigns.

The exhibition’s pieces range from life-size figures down to small, almost postcard-size pieces, and they employ a variety of media – oils, watercolour, gouache and collage. Some are highly figurative, others much more abstract in character, but they all challenge the viewer to reflection and meditation.

There will be no admission charge for the exhibition and repeat visits will be encouraged. Donations would be welcome though.

A Dalit Madonna and child - one of the exhibitions to go on show in central Chester at the Wesley church centre