Icon Exhibition at Canterbury Festival 2009:

"Divine Dimensions" at St. Peter's Church, Oare, Kent

On Friday 16th of October as part of the Canterbury Festival the medieval church of St Peter's Oare will host an icon exhibition with a difference. The difference is that the icons have been commissioned from around the world from some of the best iconographers and are being displayed as an iconostasis, so that they are viewed not as mere art objects, but as they should be seen, as Holy icons.

The Anglican church will be transformed during the two weeks of the Festival into a space more reminiscent of an Orthodox Church with candles, incense and Orthodox chant. There will be Orthodox Vespers with the eucharistic community of St. Theodore of Canterbury on the 18th of October. The following Sunday there will be Gregorian Chant in the Catholic Tradition, and the last Sunday, Anglican Evensong. Also a lecture with Sir Richard Temple, readings of Modern Greek poets, and English violin music will be heard in an evening entitled 'Everything that lives is Holy, " a Tribute to Philip Sherrard, the environmentalist, scholar and the Orthodox convert who translated many modern Greek poets, but whose final work was the translation into English of the Philokalia with Kallistos Ware and Geoffrey Palmer.

The Three Children
Fotini Maragou, Mytilini, Lesvos

The show includes the work of three Greek iconographers, Maria Tsiotou Moore, who lives in Canterbury, UK, Eva Vlavianos who works as a teacher and icon restorer in Paris, and Fotini Maragou from Mitilene, Lesvos.

The show will be opened by Robin Cormack who was a curator of Byzantium at the Royal Academy London earlier in the year. Sir Richard Temple, a world authority on icons calls it 'an important show' and the Prince of Wales has written to show his support for what is an educational initiative on icons.

This show has been funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund , Christos and Mary Papoutsy Chartitiable Foundation and other private sourses.

"Divine Dimensions", St Peter's Church, Oare, Kent ME13 0QA. Exhibition runs from 17 October - 1 November 2009, 11am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit the exhibition's webpage at the URL http://www.iconsatoare.org.

St. Peter
Eva Vlavianos, Paris

(Posting date 5 October 2009)

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