Church unveils exhibition of prisoner artwork

An exhibition of prisoner artwork has opened at Alderley Edge Methodist Church.

"Journey into Light" was unveiled by Daphne Southern and introduced by Rev. Rob Cotton, who went on to lead the morning service, on Sunday, 1st December,

Jean Walker commented "The theme of a journey into light, expressed very movingly by the prisoners of HMP Styal and HMP Thorn Cross in a most thought-provoking art exhibition, provided the perfect backdrop to the Church as we celebrate Advent and prepare for Christmas."

The exhibition is now open to the public every afternoon from 2pm to 4 pm until Sunday 8th December. There will be an ecumenical service at 6.30pm on Wednesday 4th December at which the Chaplain of Styal Prison, will be the preacher.

The exhibition week will culminate in a concert on Sunday 8th December at 2.30 pm featuring the vocal ensemble "Capriccio" accompanied by pianist Tim Walker and flautist Kate Fuggle.

Jean said "The concert, followed by tea (included in the price) promises to be a very enjoyable afternoon. Capriccio concerts are relaxed and informal, with a mix of music to suit all tastes from choral classics to arrangements of popular music. Capriccio vocal ensemble is not made up of sporty types, who can run, walk, swim or cycle! They prefer to raise funds for local charities by using their musical talents to benefit the community."

Admission to the concert is £5, and the tea will be served by the RVS Luncheon Club, who will receive the proceeds of the afternoon event.

The Luncheon Club meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Church Hall, providing a home-cooked, two course lunch for senior residents of the village, which has proved an invaluable service to the local community.

Alderley Edge Methodist Church


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Stuart Kinsey
Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 9:05 am
This exhibition is an inspiration. I have been reminded of my own good fortune by the stories of the lives of those who created the artwork. There is a message of hope delivered by the Journey into Light exhibits. Visitors will be well rewarded for their effort in viewing.
Anne Bale
Thursday 5th December 2019 at 9:43 am
I too have visited the exhibition; it was opened specially for volunteers and members of the Luncheon Club. There are some real insights into peoples' lives in the art work which is very impressive and thought provoking. Very handily there is an excellent brochure which includes every picture. This meant that our less mobile members could get a taste of the exhibition from the comfort of their chairs. Everyone at Luncheon Club is very grateful for the wonderful support that we receive from the Methodist Church, local businesses, organisations and individuals. Along with some of my volunteers I will be baking goodies for the refreshments after the concert so do come along and have a very enjoyable afternoon on Sunday.