(in)finite: Spiritual Conversations in Cloth

Date(s) - June 1, 2017 - June 4, 2017
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Christ Church Cathedral

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(in)finite: exploring the finite limitations of humanity
and the ineffable, infinite nature of the Divine.
A Canadian Textile Exhibition
May 25 to June 4, 2017
Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, BC

An exhibition of artwork of a spiritual nature from artists working predominantly in textile and fibre media, including perspectives from First Nations artists and a range of faith traditions.

There is something particularly powerful in the use of textiles in sacred practice – whether for personal devotion, to decorate sacred space, or to enhance worship. Textiles connect with us directly because the materiality of the cloth itself is so accessible – we all are in contact with cloth from the moment of our birth until our death. Textiles are portable, flexible, and can allow for movement, transparency, and reflection. Many textile processes are time consuming, and the creation of artwork for sacred purpose can be especially meditative. Many traditional natural dyes themselves have sacred, religious, or mystical associations.

Artists who work in textile and fibre media have submitted works designed for personal meditation, devotional use, community prayer, and public worship.

Exhibition Timeline

Exhibition Dates: May 25 to June 4, 2017

Work selected for exhibition to be received at the exhibition venue no later than Friday, May 12, 2017. Work will be return as soon as possible following the close of the exhibition.

Curating Circle

Works for the exhibition will be selected by a Curating Circle from submissions received. In addition to considering images of the artwork, this Circle will also review written material provided by the artists about the connection between their work and their spirituality. This is an opportunity for artists to begin a conversation with the Circle.

Meet the Curating Circle.

Behind the Exhibition

Anglican Foundation of Canada

The exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the Anglican Foundation of Canada. To celebrate “60 Years of Generosity,” AFC will be 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.

Christ Church Anglican Cathedral

An inclusive and diverse community in downtown Vancouver with a motto “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds” the Cathedral has a long history of professional and community based textile and fibre artists alongside a commitment to the visual and performing arts.

Two recent textile based community art projects are on permanent display.

  • Completed in 2014, the 26 Common Threads Indigo Quilts line the parish hall and corridors in the lower level. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the parish, the project engaged 125 artists and community members.
  • The Prayers of the Church Project resulted in a brand new permanent installation of 230 textile panels in the west alcove of the Cathedral. Using largely decommissioned liturgical and related textiles; these printed, stitched and embroidered panels will rotate to mark the seasons of the Church year. 70 members of the community actively participated in the project.

Both projects will be visible for view for the duration of (in)finite.

Exhibition Manager – Thomas Roach

Vancouver based textile and liturgical artist Thomas Roach is the Exhibition Manager for this project – imagining the project from call-for-entry to installation. Thomas holds a Textile Arts Diploma from Capilano University. His artwork is included in church and private collections and as part of exhibition tours from coast to coast. He co-led the Common Threads Indigo Quilt project, while The Prayers of the Church project is the result of his nine-month artist residency in 2016.

For more information please contact:
Thomas Roach, Exhibition Manager
[email protected]


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