Garden of Gethsemance exhibition comes to Southwell Minster

A new art exhibition centred on the Garden of Gethsemane will open during Lent in the Chapter House at Southwell Minster next month.

A Garden in Darkness by Michael Cook consists of 13 paintings, with written responses by Rosalind O’Melia. Rather than telling the story of Christ’s time in the Garden, before his arrest and crucifixion, the paintings suggest certain emotions and atmospheres surrounding him.

The exhibition will run from Friday 11th March until Friday 15th April 2011.

Artist Michael Cook said: “I’ve largely avoided using the traditional imagery of Gethsemane and have instead chosen to show plants, animals and other aspects of the garden, which watch with Christ while the world sleeps.

“There is no attempt to make this garden cohere in a realistic way; rather, there is an invitation to listen to what each aspect of the garden has to say to us in times of loneliness or distress; some offer solace, others warning, still others offer intimations of renewal.

“Together with the words I hope the paintings might be a way of entering the story of Gethsemane and having aspects of our own experience illuminated.”

There is no charge for entry to the exhibition, though donations towards running costs are always welcome.