AN IMPORTANT exhibition of Christian art is to be held in Bristol between September and October. Entitled "Prophecy and Vision", the exhibition is a joint project initiated by Mr Paul Walker, a member of the Catholic Liturgy Commissions and responsible for exhibitions in Sheffield, and the Rev Donald Reeves, Vicar of St James's, Piccadilly, and chaplain to the Royal Academy.
The exhibition is in two halves. The first, subtitled "Expressions of the Spirit in Contemporary Art", will take place at the Arnolfifi Gallary, and will subsequently tour Durham, London and Londonderry in Ireland.
The criterion for works shown in this exhibition is whether they express a Christian concern for society, whether or not the artist is a Christian.
The second part, subtitled "The Fabric of the Church", will take place at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery and will subsequently tour Glasgow, Durham and London. The bulk of this collection will show the work undertaken to preserve the 25,000 Catholic and Anglican church buildings in England, and will include some of the best furnishings being made for them today.
The exhibition is designed to demonstrate that the Church is still a patron for the contrmporary art and a focal point for the community.