From the 5th to 8th July St Stephen’s was transformed into an art gallery!
Visitors were treated to a wide variety of art forms created by members of the Diverse Manners Arts Group, a Newport-based artists collective. The work on display included paintings, photography, ceramics, embroidery and digital art.
Over the four days the show attracted over 150 visitors.
The show’s title, ‘Perfect Imperfection’, reflected the idea that incredible beauty can be found in what is flawed or damaged. Most of the artists took inspiration from this, exploring themes such as self image, body image, redemption, and times of crisis.
Beth from The Pill Trust created an amazing collaborative piece of artwork with a group of pupils from Pillgwenlly Primary School depicting Commercial Street, which runs through the heart of Pill.
Many visitors praised the talents of the exhibiting artists, one remarking that the exhibition was an “absolutely astounding display of beauty, creativity, life and the handiwork of God”. Another visitor described it as, “a wonderful display of creativity and commitment to the glorious message of our great God – who makes something beautiful from our brokenness”.
Most of the artwork was available to buy, with 25% of sales donated to The Pill Trust. The exhibition raised £430 for the trust.
The Diverse Manners Arts Group have passed on their thanks to St Stephen’s for hosting one of their most successful exhibitions. They would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all who supported the event.