Art exhibition to depict multi-racial God
An art exhibition depicting God and characters from the Bible through different cultural and racial lenses will be held in Manchester in April 2024.
Emerging artists from Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria are being encouraged to enter their 2D work into the exhibition.
‘It’s time to tell the Christian story in art through a more global perspective,’ said Fleur Dorrell, co-manager of the Made in God’s Image: Art Matters project.
She said artists from non-white cultures could bring unique and often overlooked insights into the Christian story.
‘Christianity is a global religion and diverse ethnicities are its hallmark. Art has to reflect this global reach if it’s to represent it authentically.
‘This exciting exhibition seeks to invite artists to interpret and depict stories of the Bible in a creative way, based on their own faith, culture and experience.
‘We hope to create a richer dialogue about how we see our faith and in how artists portray the Christian message to a global audience,’ she said.
Artist Michelle Ayavoro is one of the judges of Made in God’s Image who will be selecting works for inclusion. She said, ‘This exhibition is exciting because it explores the artists’ perspectives, giving them a voice. It also invites the audience to reflect on their personal beliefs, the representation of biblical figures and the value of creativity.’
The Bible and Christianity have long been an inspiration for artists from Michaelangelo to Marc Chagall. But, said Fleur Dorrell, there is a long tradition of God, Jesus and other biblical characters being portrayed as white. ‘This exhibition hopes to redress the balance just a little,’ she said.
‘As Christians, whether as a child or as an adult, how we see God is crucial to our faith development,’ she added.
Artists from the region can submit one artwork in 2D, using acrylics, oils, watercolours, gouache, pen and ink, crayon or pastels. The exhibition is not open to sculpture, video or performance art.
Photos of artwork should be submitted to https://gods-image.co.uk by midnight on Thursday 1 February 2024.