Saint Stephen’s, the City’s parish church and ancient harbour church, has played a key role in Bristol’s maritime history, blessing the ships that sailed. This role especially in Trans-Atlantic trade has created a complex legacy. Inheriting the harbour church for Christian mission, Saint Stephen’s wants to acknowledge both the wealth and wounds left by this legacy and respond sensitively, through Arts & Faith.
SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2010
11 Sep 10am – 4pm Bristol Doors Open Day
Opportunity to see stone carving students in action under the tutelage of lead stone carver, Jim Holmyard, and the conservation of stonework behind the altar in preparation for the contemporary artwork, Reconciliation Reredos.
11, 18, 25 Sep Stone carving workshops
Stone carving workshops participants will learn stone carving skills, create their own artwork and contribute to a major sculptural installation.
13 Oct 7.45 pm Book event Crossing Qalandiya – Exchanges across the Israeli/Palestinian divide
Come along to hear Daniela Norris and Shireen Anabtawi discuss life on either side of the Israeli/Palestinian divide, as described in their book of letters, Crossing Qalandiya.
Fraught with challenge, this correspondence is also a sincere desire by each to understand the thinking and grievances of the other.
The Crossing Qalandiya book event is hosted by Saint Stephen’s Reconciliation Laboratory – part of its autumn 2010 Slavery and Reconciliation programme.
Tickets £4.00 7.45pm
Old Bristol and its Caribbean connections
In partnership with Bristol Central Library, Archives and Records Office, this is a fascinating exhibition about the harbour church’s links with the slave trade, its role in abolition and creative reconciliation work.
Collections from Bristol Central Library and Archives, Bristol Records Office, parish and Antient Society of Ringers. For more information
- 20 Oct Black author’s talk with Bernadine Evaristo at Central Library
- Narrated ‘abolition harbour tours’ with Bristol Ferry Boat Company.
- The exhibition will be housed in the church during November 2010.
Composed by Philip Miller, REwind: a Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony was commissioned for the tenth anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, using the sounds (including gasps, cries and sighs) of those giving testimony.
In turn, the film, Rewind, documents the making of the cantata with interviews with those whose voices were used in the cantata.
REwind is shown by courtesy to Afrika Eye .
Saint Stephen’s Reconciliation Laboratory presents a talk by Admore Tshuma and a workshop to discuss: is the rainbow nation an illusion, and can arts heal? Tickets £5 on the door.
5, 12, 19, 26 November 6.30 – 9pm
Gospel singing workshops
Let your soul sing and enjoy the roots of gospel music with Kim Samuels, Director of Renewal Choir. Passionate about helping to develop musical talent and broadening musical experience through gospel music, Kim leads community choirs at UWE and Elim Church. Come sing at Saint Stephen’s, make new friends, learn uplifting gospel songs, and sing for Saint Stephen’s Reredos celebration in January 2011.
£10 donation for entire course.
Enquiries and bookings: infoATrocksolidgospel.com 0794 197 6545
£5 donations welcome
Faith and Reconciliation Laboratory
In partnership with Bristol Inter-Faith Group’s Bristol Celebrates Festival, Saint Stephen’s Reconciliation Laboratory working with Bristol Celebrates faith festival – as part of Reconciliation Reredos project opens up the question: “If we think globally and act locally what does reconciliation look like in the experience and practice of the Abrahamic faiths?”. Voices from Islam, Judaism and Christianity will explore the resources we could share to build new communities of hope and wellbeing to replace fear and conflict.
Saint Stephen’s Café – 17 Nov
January 2011 – Reredos celebration
Graeme Evelyn’s contemporary narrative panels will be unveiled embedded into the conserved reredos. Accompanied by exhibitions of stone carvings, stories and drawings from our creative workshops,
plus a celebratory performance of gospel and festive songs led by Kim Samuels and community choir. Date TBC shortly.