Festival of Religious Art

Fremantle 25 May 2018 - 04 Jun 2018

A Year with Saint John's Bible

In following the rich Catholic tradition of involvement in sacred art, the University has embarked upon a Year with the Saint John’s Bible and the Festival of Religious Art. Pope Francis declares that sacred artworks “bear witness to the spiritual aspirations of humanity, the sublime mysteries of the Christian faith, and the quest of that supreme beauty which has its source and fulfilment in God.”

The Saint John’s Bible and the Festival of Religious Art will be launched on Friday 25 May at 6pm in The University's St Teresa’s Library. The Festival will run until Monday 4 June. The Bible Society of Australia has sponsored the Saint John’s Bible and the Festival of Religious Art.

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The Festival will include the following aspects:

Mandorla Art Award Retrospective
An exhibition of all the previous winners. The Mandorla Art Award held its first exhibition in 1985 and is now the most prestigious religious art award in Australia with a prize pool of $42,000. It encourages artists to interpret Scriptural themes and past winners have included John Coburn, Julie Dowling, Brian McKay and Nigel Hewitt. The first prize is aquisitive and the collection is housed in the Museum and Art Gallery of New Norcia. The principal sponsor is St John of God Health Care. www.mandorlaart.com

The Mandorla Art Exhibition
The 2018 exhibition and Award presentations will be held at the Turner Galleries, William Street, North Perth on Friday 1 June at 6pm. The scriptural theme for this Award was from Revelations 21:1-2 – “And then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…” Artists were challenged to envision the hope that Christians have in our God who will make all things new again. https://mandorlaart.com/2018-award/

Bible Society Australia
The Bible Society Australia was established in Sydney in 1817, and has always been closely tied to the leadership of the nation, with governors, business leaders and senior clergy featuring in the Society’s history. Bible Society Australia’s activities take place as part of the United Bible Societies, a global network operating across 200 countries and territories. They are one of the most extensive mission groups in the world and do work in partnership with churches, providing resources and Bible-focused campaigns and community programs. The Bible Society have loaned for this exhibition four of their rare Bibles from their collection. https://www.biblesociety.org.au/

  1. Geneva Bible 1584 - contains engraved title pages, one of the earliest forms of art in printed Bibles.
  2. The Macklin Bible 1800, Volume 1 of 6 - the largest Bible ever printed, it contains 71 artworks by all the great English artists of that era.
  3. Gustav Doré Bible 1866 - features all 241 of Doré’s remarkable dramatic engravings of Biblical Scenes.
  4. Good News Bible 1988, Australian edition - contains paintings by contemporary Australian artists including Pro Hart and Miriam Rose Ungunmerr.

Michael Galovic exhibition of icons
One of Australia’s most pre-eminent iconographers will exhibit his icons in Notre Dame's Holy Spirit Chapel as part of the Festival of Religious Art. Michael was born into an artistic family in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He graduated from the Belgrade Academy of Arts in 1974 and has become a full time iconographer and religious artist. His commissioned works are now in over 100 Australian churches with many more overseas. He exhibits widely in Australia and overseas and has been a finalist in the Blake Prize and in the Mandorla Art Award. https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/indifference-is-death-michael-galovic-on-the-art-of-engagement-in-his-work-with-marists/

Distinguished Scholars’ Lecture
“Religious art in the 21st Century”. As part of the Festival the three judges for the Mandorla Art Award will give a lecture at the University's Tannock Hall of Education (Building ND4) on Thursday 31 May at 7.30pm. The judges are Anne Ryan (Curator of the Archibald Prize NSW Art Gallery), Dr Ric Spencer (Curator Fremantle Arts Centre), Rev Jarrod McKenna (Cornerstone Church and #LoveFindsAWay). https://mandorlaart.com/2018-award/

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Pipe Organ Plus
As part of the Festival of Religious Art and the Fremantle Heritage Festival, Dominic Perissinotto will perform favourite organ works drawn from 18 years of Pipe Organ Plus concerts in St Patrick’s Basilica, Fremantle, on Monday 4 June, 2.30pm. Online booking www.trybooking.com/TATI

Calligraphy Demonstrations
Calligraphers’ Guild of WA will hold calligraphy demonstrations in the St Teresa’s Library on the weekend of 2, 3, 4 June. For information visit http://calligraphywa.asn.au/

To register your attendance at these events, please email: fremantle.events@nd.edu.au or call (08) 9433 0840.