Conference and Study Day – The Spirit of Art Now

10 Mar 2018 | 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cost : £20 including lunch
Phone : 01636 812933

This study day (and panel discussion event) links with the major Crossings exhibition and explores contemporary art in relation to the artistic, theological and spiritual challenges of our present age.
Speakers include:
Matthew Collings + Emma Biggs – collaborative artists, TV presenter, author, and critic
JF Martel – film maker, and author of “Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice”
Dr Alison Milbank – Professor of Literature and Theology, University of Nottingham
Dr Richard Davey – author, curator, and university chaplain
Mark Cazalet – artist specialising in art for churches and cathedrals

Full information about the Exhibitions

9th February – 10th May 2018

A two-part exhibition in Lent/Easter: Crossings: Art and Christianity Now’

40 Artists – school educational visits – day conference – Quiet Days at Sacrista Prebend Retreat House

From February-May Southwell Minster will be host to an inspiring major art exhibition which will encourage visitors to explore, through art, two key Christian themes: crucifixion and resurrection. Crossings: Art and Christianity Now is a two-part exhibition which will fill the Minster with 100 new works of art by 36 significant artists, twice! The first half of the exhibition, Crucifixion Now, will be on show during Lent from 9th Feb-21st March, and the second part, Resurrection Now, during Easter from 1st April-10th May, Ascension Day. There will also be education work tied-in to the exhibition with school visits and a full programme of supporting events for all to enjoy. Crossings is unique to Southwell and will not be seen anywhere else.

The artists will each present two new works made especially for Crossings, one for each half of the exhibition, and part of the artists’ brief was to explore the two themes in a new way, refreshing visually our engagement with suffering in our world today (crucifixion) and the hope of new life in the world today (Resurrection).

Crossings is free for all visitors to see, and is generously supported by a full-colour publication which all visitors are encouraged to buy (£5), this 52 page Exhibition Guide includes all of the artworks on show in both halves of the exhibition, as well as information about the artworks and artists to help visitors get the most out of viewing Crossings, and also presents a special exhibition essay written for us by Dr Alison Milbank, our Canon Theologian at Southwell Minster.

The 36 artists involved have been hugely supportive of this project and it is with thanks for their contributions and excellence that Crossings enables the Minster to present an exhibition of both National and International significance. Artists include: Sophie Hacker, Nicholas Mynheer, Mark Cazalet, Iain McKillop, Susie Hamilton, Chris Gollon, Biggs and Collings, Tai-Shan Schierenberg, Paul Benney, Kaori Homma, Siku, Ian Adams, Jean Lamb, Enzo Marra, Matthew Krishanu, John Newling, Lee Maelzer, Jennifer Bell, Derek Sprawson, Sarah Shaw, Ray Richardson, and many others.

As part of Crossings artist John Newling will be installing a series of works on paper within the 36 niches of the Chapter House, showing examples of his Nymans Language (an alphabetic font with each letter being shown as a plant or a leaf). This will fill the Chapter House with a significant modern work which will respond and set in dialogue a direct conversation with our famous medieval leaf carvings. It’s a rare moment, and it is worthy of special mention as we move forward with our HLF project to preserve and interpret our ‘Leaves of Southwell’ for the next generations. Do take some time to explore these works in this unique meeting of images over many centuries.

It is our hope that visitors to this exhibition will be enabled, and inspired, to take the opportunity to encounter not only world-class art but also to reflect anew on the Christian themes of suffering and new life for our lives today; on how these open-up for us through art the possibility of a fresh encounter with God, who is life, and enable us to find healing through the love and care that has gone into the making and offering of these artworks.

Crossings Events

The Crossings exhibition is supported by an inspiring series of events, from the opening party (7pm on Fri 9th Feb, free), through musical concerts (eg Baroque Easter, 1pm on Sat 5th May, in the Quire, free) and even live painting performances by Siku, a Christian Manga artist; to Art Workshop making days led by Crossings artists and a Poetry day with our Poet in Residence Ian Adams. We are also fortunate that there will be lectures given by our Canon Theologian Alison Milbank in Lent and Easter. Please see the special Crossings Events Leaflet for a full list of all Crossings events, but here are three events I’d like to draw your attention to:

  • Quiet Day Crucifixion Now, Sacrista Prebend – Sat 3rd March

with artists Iain McKillop and Matthew Askey. (£20) please book in advance.

Sacrista Prebend on 01636 816833, or email:

  • Day Conference/Study Day – The Spirit in Art Now, State Chamber, (£20, includes lunch) – Sat 10th March, 10am-5.30pm, with a Panel Discussion 4.30pm-5.30pm open to all free of change.

book via the Cathedral Shop: 01636 812933 or email:

  • Quiet Day Resurrection Now, Sacrista Prebend – Sat 28th April

with artists Iain McKillop and Matthew Askey. (£20) please book in advance.

Sacrista Prebend on 01636 816833, or email:


For more information on the Crossings exhibition or about events please contact Fr Matthew:

Illustrations: Paul Benney, Crucifixion II and Tether, oil on canvas, for Crossings.