In this photo-gallery:
1 ANTONY MICALLEF, ‘Kill Your Idol’, 2014, Oil on Linen
2 NANCY FOUTS, ‘Ecce Homo’, 2014, Oil on canvas, twine
3 JOHAN ANDERSSON, ‘STATION 1’, 2014, Oil on Canvas
4 PAUL FRYER, ‘Black Pieta’ 2009, Wax, glass eyes, human hair, oil paint, wood, steel, epoxy resin, fibreglass, thorns, silk fabric, dye
5 BEN MOORE, ‘As it was in the beginning’, 2014, Oil on Canvas (Image Bran Symondson)
6 WOLFE VON LENKIEWICZ, Intervention, 2013, Pencil on paper
This Easter, Art Below and the Missing Tom Fund return with ‘Stations of the Cross’, an exhibition of artists’ representations of the Passion of Christ. Opening on the 6th March at London’s St. Marylebone Parish Church, the exhibition will run for 40 days to coincide with the biblical period of Lent. The exhibition will be open to the public and the works are also intended for prayer and meditation within the parish congregation. In addition to the 14 Stations of the Cross, artists will also contribute works depicting the Last Supper and the Resurrection. Confirmed artists include Paul Fryer, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Mat Collishaw, Hugo Dalton, Nancy Fouts, Ben Moore, Johan Andersson, Alison Jackson, Antony Micallef, Alex Gene Morrison, Zavier Ellis and Sebastian Horsley.
To coincide with the exhibition, public arts enterprise Art Below will showcase all of the works on billboard space throughout the London Underground at stations that have a symbolic link with the theme, including King’s Cross, Marylebone, Marble Arch, St. Paul’s, Angel, Temple and Tower Hill. ‘Stations of the Cross’ is the second exhibition to be curated by Art Below founder Ben Moore to raise proceeds for the Missing Tom Fund. With the support of his family and the Missing People Charity, Moore set up the Missing Tom Fund in 2013 to raise money for the search for his older brother Tom who has been missing for 10 years.
The first exhibition highlighting the Missing Tom Fund was the hugely acclaimed ‘Art Wars’, which was held at the Saatchi Gallery in October 2013 and featured artists including Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Yinka Shonibare and Jake and Dinos Chapman.
Ben Moore says: “The proceeds from Art Wars have enabled us to reignite the search for my brother and also to draw attention to the excellent work of the Missing People Charity. Tom was very interested in religion and, as such, ‘Stations of the Cross’ seems a natural fit for us. We hope that the project will offer further help in continuing our search for Tom.”
CRUCIFICTION PERFORMANCE ART ANNOUNCED
On Sunday 2nd March at midday artist and curator of The Stations of the Cross Exhibition Ben Moore will carry an 8 foot tall wooden cross 8 miles from Barons Court across Hyde Park to St.Marylebone parish Church where it will be installed for the exhibition. The performance titled ‘Crossing Over’ will be filmed and presented as a piece of video art in the ‘Stations of the Cross’ exhibition which opens next Thursday for 40 days.
St Marylebone Parish Church is an Anglican church on the Marylebone Road in London. The locale of Marylebone historically took its name from that of the Church, which is dedicated to St Mary. The present site is the third used by the parish for its church and was built to the designs of Thomas Hardwick in 1813-17. The original church was built on the bank of a small stream or “bourne”, called the Tybourne, a name which for many centuries was synonymous with capital punishment. The church and the surrounding area later became known as St Mary at the Bourne, which over time became shortened to its present form, Marylebone.
The Missing Tom Fund Proceeds from the ‘Stations of the Cross’ exhibition go to the ‘Missing Tom’ fund, which was started up specifically to raise money to support the search for Thomas Moore. Tom left his family home in 2003. He was aged 31 years old. His friends and family have not heard from him since then. Now 10 years on, with the support of the Missing People Charity his family is reopening the search for Tom and have started up a website www.missingtom.com
Benjamin Moore, Director of Art Below, has had over 7 years experience working with artists, museums, charities, arts organisations, and corporates, initiating and managing partnerships to deliver new public arts projects. In 2006 he founded public arts organisation Art Below. With a wide range of international artists and its various campaigns in cities worldwide, the organization has an important position within the movement of contemporary art in public space. He has produced and curated more than 50 public exhibitions in London, Tokyo, Berlin, Los Angeles and New Orleans working with high profile international and British artists including Turner Prize Winners and Royal Academicians. www.artbelow.org.uk