Contemporary Art in the Abbey
The Norman font wrought of lead, the fourteenth-century figures of stone and the stained glass that illumes the Jesse window; these and the medieval paintings drawn from earth’s pigments are among the gifts passed to us by generations of artists and craftsmen. Their skills remind us that art and religion are long established companions, though neither belongs exclusively to the other.
Art can speak to the spirit and be transformative, qualities which are sought by the Abbey in its programme of exhibitions and commissions. We aim to support the spiritual life of the congregation and of visitors by presenting works of contemporary art that uplift, enlighten and expand understandings of the sacred.