still small voice: British biblical art in a secular age (1850 - 2014)

17 January - 3 May 2015

still small voice at The Wilson

Image used in poster: Crucifixion, Pink, 2001 (oil on canvas), Aitchison, Craigie (1926-2009) / Ahmanson Collection / Bridgeman Images

still small voice: British biblical art in a secular age is an exclusive opportunity to see major works by influential 20th century British artists including Stanley Spencer, Eric Gill, Jacob Epstein, Barbara Hepworth, Edward Burra and Graham Sutherland. Exploring ideas around creativity, crisis and the human experience, this is a major exhibition for 2015.

The works on show are normally held in an international private collection, and this is the first time this exhibition has been displayed in the UK. It will explore a diverse range of media, including major paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture by some of the most important and beloved 20th century British artists some of whom are also shown in The Wilson's own collection.

Special Lecture Series

A very special lecture series, led by experts in the fields of fine art and theology, will accompany the exhibition. Admission to each lecture in the series is £7 / Concessions £5. Tickets are available from The Wilson in advance or on the door. These lectures are expected to sell out - we advise buying tickets in advance to avoid disappointment on the day. Please also note that the exhibition galleries close at 5.15pm - if you would like to view 'still small voice' immediately before any of the talks, we advise coming along a little earlier to allow time for this. 

Painting the Bible: European Artists as Biblical Interpreters - SOLD OUT!
28 January 2015, 5.30pm

Professor Philip Esler (Portland Chair in New Testament Studies at the University of Gloucestershire) specialises in the interpretation of biblical texts using social scientific ideas and perspectives. This talk will consider the notion that while study of the iconography of Western paintings on biblical subjects is long established, in recent years a new interest has developed: the extent to which the creators of these works were themselves sensitive interpreters of biblical texts. In the presentation, the focus will be two paintings which illustrate the remarkable capacity of the artist to engage with biblical texts in fruitful new ways within the social, religious, intellectual and artistic contexts in which they lived and worked.

Revisiting the Icon: the Theotokos from Duccio to Hepworth
25 February 2015, 5.30pm

Dr Jennifer Sliwka (Ahmanson Curator of Art and Religion at The National Gallery) will explore the reception of Byzantine Theotokos (literally ‘God-bearer’) icons in the West, from the Late Medieval to Modern periods, that were especially venerated and subsequently copied or imitated in art. These copies were often thought to contain something of the spiritual ‘charge’ or miraculous power of the original.

Exploring still small voice: the exhibition - SELLING FAST!
28 February 2015, 2pm

L    Lyrica Taylor (Assistant Professor of Art History and Director of the Masters in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism at Azusa Pacific University, California) will discuss the content of the exhibition and the way in which the featured artists use their faith as a catalyst to understand crisis and human experience.

English Work: a Native Tradition - SELLING FAST!
18 March 2015, 5.30pm

Professor Ben Quash (Convenor MA Christianity & The Arts at King’s College, London), discusses the artist and poet David Jones, who left a fascinating essay-fragment at his death entitled ‘An Aspect of the Art of England’. Exploring work from the English Gothic tradition through to William Blake, this will show how Jones’s thesis may help us to understand the continued flowering of a religious sensibility in 20th-century British art.

Speech and Silence, Word and Image - SELLING FAST!
22 April 2015, 5.30pm

Dr Chloë Reddaway (Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion at The National Gallery) discusses the relationship between Christian language and image making, the challenge of painting God incarnate, and the theological potential of silence, empty spaces, and dissemblance in indicating the dual nature of Christ.

Open Monday – Wednesday / Friday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.15pm. Thursday 9.30am – 7.45pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm.
(Closed on 25 & 26 December, 1 January and Easter Sunday)

Admission free

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Clarence Street
GL50 3JT
Tel: 01242 237431