Tree of Life art at Hale Barns April 2014


undefinedAll Saints church in Hale Barns recently welcomed an art installation created by children in year 5 at the local Elmridge primary school – with the assistance of their artist-in-residence, Dee Dewar. ‘The Tree of Life' glass in the church windows was the inspiration for the students, who made a number of panels to be hung alongside the widows.

The bright interior is the perfect setting for the panels of vividly coloured painted designs. Vicar Roger Clarke commented: “The tree is a powerful image in the Old and New Testament scriptures, and above all when we think about the cross. We hope that this remarkable installation will be a means of reflection and meditation for many people, especially over the Easter season.”

Hale Barns is a multicultural community and many of the children who worked on the installation are Muslim.  “There are good relationships between the faith communities in Hale Barns,” said Roger, who is also Diocesan Interfaith Advisor, “and this installation is a sign of the contribution our young people can make together.”

The Tree of Life can be seen in All Saints Church, Hale Road, Hale Barns WA15 8SP until the end of April - Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9am to 1pm.

Pictured above with the installation - Artist Dee Dewar (right) with Janice Oldfield, Arts Co-ordinator of Elmridge School