Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Art history students curate Easter Story exhibition

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Curating the Easter Story

Students on the History of Art course at Oxford Brookes University have curated an exhibition of paintings depicting the story of Easter. 'Modern Artists tell the Easter Story' shows how Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, his crucifixion and his resurrection were interpreted by different artists working in the twentieth and twenty-first century.

Phoebe Exon, Lauren Golightly, Kinmy Lo, Sarah Morley and Tati Sollis are second and third year Art History and Fine Art students.The exhibition is an independent project by the students on top of their studies. It forms part of the additional curatorship opportunities offered by the Art History team to support students in developing skills for their future employment.

The exhibition contains artworks from the Methodist Modern Art Collection, and features works by Graham Sutherland, Roy de Maistre, Mark Cazelet, Richard Bavin, John Brokenshire, Francis Hoyland and Theyre Lee-Elliot. The students worked alongside Dr Peter Forsaith, who is responsible for the Brookes Art Collections and custodian of the Methodist Modern Art Collection, to curate the display.

History of Art student Andrew Parker reviewed the exhibition: “The eight paintings show how each individual artist explores and presents what Easter means to them as people and as artists. The result is invigorating, allowing the viewer to appreciate the story that for Christians changed the world. At the same time, it provides the opportunity for the visitor to explore their own feelings and opinions not just about Easter and Christianity but about humanity and the universality of being human.

It would be difficult to pick one single work as encapsulating the exhibition theme, as they work extremely well as a collective, but Hoyland’s Crucifixion Polyptych (1962) could take a lead role as it encompasses a broad outline of the Easter story with a central Crucifixion surrounded by a series of scenes which depict Christ’s final journey.”

The exhibition will be on display at the Harcourt Hill Campus 23 March – 8 April 2018, Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm.