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Events

Events

The artist Gerry Judah has been commissioned by Christian Aid to produce a series of works for Tipping Point, a new exhibition about climate change in association with Wolverhampton Art Gallery, which runs from 11 May - 6 July 2013.

Entitled Bengal, and consisting of five sculptures, Judah's new work was inspired by a trip to India to see how poor communities affected by changes in the climate are adapting to unpredictable weather patterns and rising sea levels.

Tipping Point also features work by international artists including former Turner Prize winner Simon Starling and former Prize nominees Darren Almond and Anya Gallaccio. The exhibition explores the unstable future of our environments and economies, and centres on global climate change and the ways artists have chosen to highlight these issues.  It also continues the gallery's commitment to presenting art which is socially relevant, and to use contemporary art as a vehicle for exploring challenging issues.

Other highlights include Darren Almond's Bearing, a film about sulphur miners in Indonesia, Anya Gallaccio's You got the best of my love and Merel Karhof's Wind Knitting Factory, alongside works by John Kelly, Heather and Ivan Morison, Mariele Neudecker, Virginia Colwell and the duo HeHe & Katie Paterson.

 

Another artwork taking Christian themes outside the church this month is Christ Rests in Peace by Nic Fiddian-Green. The work, commissioned for Southwark Cathedral, is a noble head, eight feet high, cast in lead, with savage crown of thorns, 18 inches high, finished in gold leaf. The twist is that, after appearing in front of the high altar during Lent and Holy Week at the cathedral this year, sculpture will soon make a compelling impact in the window of the Sladmore Gallery on London's Jermyn Street.

The Dean of Southwark says that: 'Nic Fiddian-Green's head of Jesus is powerful, not just because of its sheer size, but beyond the thorns you see the humanity in the face of Christ.' The artist himself says he has been working on the subject of the face of Christ 'for over 20 years, with no place in mind.'

That place, Jermyn St, is widely known as a place where the shops are almost exclusively aimed at the gentlemen's clothing market and it is famous for its resident shirtmakers. Among the traditional barbers, shoe shops and expensive tailoring, the head is inevitably going to make a challenging impact, as do the artist's public pieces in nearby Economist Plaza and the Mount Street Gardens in Mayfair.

The exhibition, which will also show smaller studies for the Christ head, runs from June 5 until July 26.