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Added on 07/08/1999

Cork Art Exhibition Opened

This evening (Saturday) in St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, an art exhibition, which will run until the end of August, will be officially opened by Mr Toddie O'Sullivan. This will be a significant contribution to the cultural life of Cork and is part of a pattern in which cathedrals act not only as a spiritual focus but as a centre of learning and arts for the local community.

The exhibition will include beautiful pieces specially created by local artists from the Cork Artists Collective, the Crawford College of Art and Design, the Blackwater Artists Group, and others, and the exhibits will be in a variety of media - paint, canvas, fabrics, photographs and sculpture. Traditionally the Church has been a patron of the arts and cathedrals, in particular, have been to the fore in this respect. The great medieval cathedrals of Europe are exhibitions of art in themselves the stained glass of Chartres, the soaring architecture of Durham, the exquisite workmanship in pieces such as the reliquary of the three kings in Cologne or the mask of Charlemagne in Aachan. More recent forays into modern art in English cathedrals, notably Chichester and Winchester, have provided a renewed stimulus to thinking in this area.

The Church of Ireland has been slow to come to terms with the theology of art and apart from some good stained glass, a few pieces of excellent needlework, and occasional commissions of three dimensional objects, its contribution as a patron of the artistic life of Ireland in the twentieth century has been sadly limited. Exhibitions such as that in St Fin Barre's have the capacity to provide a bridge between the church and the artistic community which will hopefully lead to more substantial contacts. The exhibition will be on view in the cathedral from 10.00-5.30, Mondays to Saturdays until 28 August.

Today (Saturday) the Chaplain of Trinity College, Dublin, Dr Alan McCormack, will address the Third International Conference of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion, in Toronto, on the subject "Late Anglican Aesthetic in Late Secular Dublin". In Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Evensong will be sung by the choir of Croydon Parish Church who will also sing the services to-morrow (Sunday). Tomorrow (Sunday) RTE will broadcast Morning Service from Buncrana, Co. Donegal, where the rector is the Revd Sam Barton. The Bishop of Tuam, Dr Richard Henderson, will visit Aasleigh while in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow the ecumenical service for the Parnell Summer School will be held in St Saviour's Church. There will be a celebration of the Eucharist in Templeconnor Church, Clonmacnoise, at 4.00 p.m.

In St Columb's Cathedral, Derry, there will be a service in celebration of the hymns of Mrs Cecil Francis Alexander. The service will also include an act of re-dedication of the refurbished bible of the Revd George Walker, Governor of Londonderry in 1689.

On Wednesday the organ recital in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, at 6.30 p.m. will be given by the Cathedral's Sub-Organist, David Leigh, while on Thursday in Castletownshend, Co. Cork, the St Barrahane's Festival of Classical Music will continue with a recital by Ann Morgan (soprano and harp).

Thursday is the one hundredth anniversary of the consecration of St Saviour's Church, Arklow, and there will be a celebration of the Eucharist to mark this event. St Saviour's is one of the finest nineteenth century churches in Ireland and was commissioned by Lord Carysfort as a memorial to members of his family. It is the work of the distinguished London architect, Sir Arthur Blomfield, and contains some fine examples of the stained glass work of Clayton and Bell of London.