Photo Op: “Beacon of Hope” launched by Christian Aid to tackle Blue Monday

International development charity, Christian Aid, is launching a “Beacon of Hope” art installation in an eye-catching bid to raise awareness of injustices and inequality.

Chairperson of Christian Aid, Dr John Sentamu, said:

This Blue Monday might well become the bluest yet, with people struggling amidst a cost-of-living crisis. To help lift the spirits of the nation, Christian Aid will be showing what we can achieve when we’re united by hope.

Initially set up in the grounds of Southwark Cathedral, the Beacon of Hope – a bright five-sided, stained-glass structure – will later this year be auctioned off to raise funds for Christian Aid’s humanitarian work. 

The project is a collaboration between Christian Aid and Ugandan artist and writer Matt Kayem. Matt has used his signature style of recycled denim stretched into canvases to convey vital messages around food poverty, equality, health, climate and injustice. 

Talking about his involvement, Matt said:

With so many injustices in the world, it is important we speak out. I am glad to be working in solidarity with Christian Aid to reach out to people about the importance of equality, of decolonisation. By raising awareness, we can create hope that change really is in our hands.

The Beacon of Hope will be displayed from January 16–29 at Southwark Cathedral, open to all. There will be two late night viewings – on Wednesday, January 18 and Wednesday, January 25 when the cathedral will be open until 8.30pm and candlelit, giving visitors the opportunity to see the beacon at night. This will be free entry. 

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