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(in)finite: Spiritual Conversations in Cloth

May 27, 2017 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Trinity (detail) by Judy Martin.
Pieced, appliqued, and quilted by hand: silk and re-purposed linen damask with cotton thread.

spiritual conversations in cloth

An exhibition featuring thirty Canadian textile artists and their explorations into the realm of the sacred.

May 25 to June 4, 2017
  Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
  Sunday 12 to 5pm
Closed Saturday, June 3
Please note: Access may be limited during scheduled services.

Opening reception
  Saturday, May 27, 5 to 7pm

  Tuesday, May 30 and Thursday, June 1, 1 to 4pm

An opportunity to see artists at work, stitching on new works in progress.

These events will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver

This free exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of the Anglican Foundation of Canada features thirty Canadian textile artists and their explorations into the realm of the sacred. The works span from new perspectives on centuries-old religious vestments, liturgical items and ritual practices to radical reinterpretations of sacred space and private meditation. The work of these artists offers insight into the significant role cloth plays in the Canadian contemporary spiritual landscape.

Displayed in Christ Church Cathedral’s chancel, the exhibition was organized by Thomas Roach and supported by a curating circle  (Debra Sparrow, Salish weaver; Barbara Heller, tapestry weaver; and Angela Clarke, curator) who selected work from submissions from across the country.

An impressive array of traditional and innovative textile media and processes are included: tapestry and jacquard weaving; piecing and quilting; hand and machine stitching; dyeing and printing; embroidery and embellishment. The work reveals that spiritual conversations in textiles are an important means through which Canadian artists seek inspiration both artistically and spiritually.

Whether these artists are challenging their concepts of the unknown and the immensity of the cosmos, or looking inward to engage in private meditations, they find in their work a means to contemplate the world around them, participate in the act of creation, and engage in prayer.

Please join us and become part of this spiritual conversation in textiles.

Artists Included in the exhibition:

Terry Aske, New Westminster, BC

Karen Brodie, Golden, BC

Linda Coe Vancouver, BC

Penny Connell, Gibsons, BC

Denise de Jose, Tappen, BC

Melanie Delva, Vancouver, BC

Bryony Dunsmore, Nanaimo, BC

Karen Fowler, High River, AB

Murray Gibson, Antigonish, NS

Trish Graham, New Westminster, BC

Elma Harder, Burnaby, BC

Kathy Kinsella, Blind Bay, BC

Judy  Martin, Sheguiandah, ON

Kaija Rautiainen, Vancouver, BC

Hilary  Rice, Stirling, ON

Lorraine Ross, Calgary, AB

Iris Rountree, Winnipeg, MB

Katie Stein Sather, Maple Ridge, BC

Robb Schinnour, Burnaby, BC

Shamina Senaratne, Port Moody, BC

Joan Taylor, Richmond, BC

Maggie Tchir, Nelson, BC

Judy Villett, New Westminster, BC

Sheila Wex, Vancouver, BC

Janet Wheeler, Vancouver, BC

Members of the Curating Circle included in the exhibition:

Barbara Heller, Vancouver, BC

Thomas Roach, Vancouver, BC

Debra Sparrow, Vancouver, BC


Anglican Foundation of Canada

The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the Anglican Foundation of Canada. To celebrate “60 Years of Generosity,” AFC is unveiling a number of commemorative projects and initiatives throughout 2017. (in)finite will serve to highlight AFC’s generous support of the liturgical arts through its partnership with and stewardship of the Sacred Arts Trust

For further information please contact:
Thomas Roach, Exhibition Manager


May 27, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Christ Church Cathedral
690 Burrard
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