|Autumn 2002 – Aug 2003||After the Primary School at St Patrick’s closed down in summer 2002 Fr Digby Samuels, the parish priest, had the idea to evangelise the culture through art using the old school building as a center for arts activity.
Fr Digby shares his idea with the Franciscan Friars at St Fidelis Friary, Canning Town, where Alice Robertson is painting a Divine Mercy image.
|September 2003 – Jan 2004||Harriet Salt takes responsibility for the business side of things and starts putting together a plan for a sight-size art school that will offer some assisted places to students in the surrounding area. Cathy Walsh (parishioner and business woman) helps.
Another three week sight-size course is planned for Old St Patrick’s School. [OSPS from now on].
Sarah de Nordwall, poet and creative person who has studied a lot of theology of art and beauty attends. Her experience and theology is very helpful. She is able to speak to Fr Digby about her experiences of creativity and evangelisation in church settings, having worked in many Anglican, Catholic and non-denominational churches. Harriet and others involved are less comfortable about a faith element in an art school.
Br John Paul CFR from St Fidelis Friary, Canning Town is supportive and encouraging for ‘evangelising the culture’.
Alice meets Liz Kennedy and Simone Lia both parishioners at St Patrick’s. Liz is an artist living in the parish and Simone is an illustrator, working in a studio in Wapping. They decide to work together to move a Catholic Christian Art project forward, and present a proposal for a Christian Art centre at St Patrick’s. With Sarah de Nordwall as well they meet and pray together.
Alice investigates different Christian Art projects in different denominations. King David Kompany (KDK) run by a Non-denominational Church in Croydon; Fr Michael Barrow SJ (runs art retreats at Osterley with Sr Annie, Intermission led by Rev Rob Gillion and his wife Janine Gillion St Saviour’s Anglican Church in Knightsbridge
| April 2004
||Fr Digby and the Parish Financial Committee call for a meeting where the two proposals will be presented. Liz Kennedy (with help from Simone and Alice) puts together and presents a proposal for a Christian Art Centre. Harriet Salt and Emily Pennock present their proposal for a sight-size art school. The Parish Council decides that they will both be allowed one floor of the school building. Emily and Harriet take studio space on the top floor for two years.|
||Liz, Simone and Alice organize an exhibition of art work with a Christian theme called ‘Drawn into the Light’, held on the middle floor of the OSPS involving many Christian artists from different denominations. The exhibition is up for a week and has lots of visitors. A report of the exhibition is presented to the parish.|
||Sr Sheila Gosney RJM (one of the exhibiting artists at the exhibition who is also trained in Creative Education) and Alice put together an updated list of aims and objectives for the long-term and short-term project of a Christian Centre for Art at St Patrick’s|
|Liz, Simone and Alice sell their art work and draw portraits of children after Mass to raise money for materials and expenses for a Day of Creative Recollection led by Sr Sheila at St Patrick’s in November. (25 people attend)
Sr Sheila leads a group of 6 in The Artist’s Way course by Julia Cameron at OSPS over 12 weeks.
Artists Way Mass
|2005||Through 2005 Sr Sheila runs two art retreats (one in spring one in autumn) at OSPS, always starting with a Mass. Liz and Simone also run an art retreat day looking at images of the life of Christ. All events are well attended.
Peter Hall (a Baptist connected with KDK) and Alice Robertson start a monthly Saturday life drawing day at OSPS (Peter’s idea). Each session begins with a brief prayer meditation.
End of 2005 Liz Kennedy moves with her husband and daughter to S.Africa.
|2006||Monthly life drawing, run by Peter and Alice continues with a group of regulars and begins with a brief prayer/meditation
Alice teaches a one week sight-size course at OSPS.
Sr Sheila leads a retreat ‘The Sea in Me’ in OSPS in the autumn.
Carla Stone (parishioner of St Patrick’s) and Alice start a monthly Saturday morning project, with children of the parish to create a piece of art work around the Sunday’s gospel.
|2006||Rowena Diggle (friend of AR) offers help and business skills to put together an updated proposal for the Catholic Christian project. She has a particular interest in the healing aspect of art.
The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal continue to offer support and encouragement.
|2007||Monthly Life Drawing Group run by Peter and Alice
Sr Sheila continues to lead creativity courses in OSPS
Carla, Alice and Rebecca working on art projects and banner making with the children
In the autumn Out and About St Patrick’s Art Group is formed. Monthly drawing trips to various locations in London. First trip to Kew Gardens.
St Patrick’s Day Retreat and Celebration in the Parish: ‘The Sea in Me – Setting Sail’ a follow up retreat led by Sr Sheila with a Mass at the beginning and entertainment from the Bard school and parish celebration in the School Hall in the evening
The Sea in Me
|2007||Day of Reflection for Artists organised by Westminster Diocese’s Agency for Evangelization (Mark Nash), held in Wapping, led by Fr Jonathan Stewart in April. Many artists from the Society of Catholic Artists attended. Fr Raphael Jacques CFR came and Stephen Foster.|
|2008||Rebecca Jellie, Adrian Tobin, Alice Robertson, Juli Jana renting studio space. Roisin Fogarty for three months
St Patrick’s Monthly Life Drawing group and Out and About Group continues
Out and About
|2008||Sr Sheila running the Vein of Gold creativity course in Pimlico. Bards in attendanceStarting up a monthly Mass for Artists Community in Wapping
One off portrait drawing group and an egg painting workshop in Pimlico
Peter Hall, Martin Earle, Adrian Tobin, Carla Stone and Alice Robertson organise a programme of three Saturdays to be led by Fr Raphael Jacques CFR: Days of Reflection and Creativity for Artists. Creation & Creation – Nov 2008; Incarnation & Creation Jan 2009; Creation & Re(-)creation April 2009
Adrian Tobin and Martin Earle run a film club
Creation & Creation
|2009||Studios: Lucy Fay, Lucinda Metcalfe and Robin Symes moving in to studio space
Ongoing: St Patrick’s Life Drawing and Out and About groups
Fr Raphael Jacques CFR leading the Day of Reflection on the theme of Creation & Re(-)creation
Retreat Day with Sr Sheila ‘Knocking on the door’
‘Knocking on the Door‘ retreat day with Sr Sheila
|2009||Other workshops: one for children organized by Lucy Knights and a teaching workshopMonthly Parish Mass for the Artists Mardi Gras evening. Organised by Adrian Tobin (parishioner, artist and teacher) St Patrick’s Artists and friends contributing talks for the meditation/entertainment. Robin Symes, Martin Earle, Alice Robertson and Sarah Hunter. Good integration of parish and art project.Carla doing a display board of photos of events in the old school building for the parish25th April Creation and Re (-)creation. Followed by a barbecue in the parish. Fr Raphael speaking at the Mass. Artists showing their work from the day.|
Children’s Art Workshop
Incarnation and Creation
|2010||Ongoing: Well-attended monthly life drawing days
St Patrick’s Out and About Group, drawing and painting round London
Sr Sheila leads art retreats (beginning with a Mass) in Wapping, and also at other locations in the diocese
A Monthly Parish Mass for the Artists
February: an afternoon of prayer with artists involved at St Patrick’s led by Fr Digby Samuels in the presbytery.
Continuing prayer gatherings for the project and supporting one another – often at Carla’s house.
Alice and Carla lead ‘Desert Monsters and Desert Flowers’ workshop at St Mary’s RC Cathedral in Edinburgh organized by Rowena Diggle
Bright Lights Youth Festival
Karolina Storlaska heads up a team of St Patrick’s Artists and associates including Luci Metcalfe, Lucy Fay, Carla Stone and Oliver, Alice Robertson and Sr Eileen McGrath to run an Arts Tent at the Bright Lights Youth Festival.
September: The Pope’s Visit: Work on events together to prepare for the Pope’s visit including painting a banner welcoming the Pope for outside the church.
The Posada – Fr Digby asks the artists to make a Posada, A model Mary and Joseph on the donkey, to visit parishioners’ homes in Advent. Lucy Fay, Carla and Alice work on this project, encouraged by Fr Moses (visiting priest)
|2011||Several artists renting studio space in the building
Ongoing: Monthly life drawing and monthly Out and About group
Art retreats led by Sr Sheila including ‘Beyond the Door’and ‘Mud and Mystery’ with a Mass before hand with Fr Digby
A monthly Mass for the artists in the Old School Building
Opening of the Hurtado Centre, run by the Jesuit’s in Wapping
Various other workshops, one led by Minjee Lee, Korean artist
Artists drawing portraits in Wapping as part of Pentecost Festivities
|2012||Artists Studios: Artists in building with studio space in Jan 2012: Adrian Tobin, Lucinda Metcalfe, Lucy Fay, Rafael, Robin Symes, Carla Stone and Oliver, Patsy Lawlor
Moved out: Rafael, Robin Symes – Moved in: Liza Cucco, Neil Lamont, Alice Robertson,
Ongoing: Monthly Artists Mass with Adoration and regular gatherings to pray and plan (and occasionally clean) also with Fr Digby
Verbum Dei Artists Retreat, Isle of Wight
Sr Sheila continuing to give workshops in Wapping and at DeMazenod Spirituality Centre in Towerhill – ‘Heart of the Seed of Love’, ‘Autumn in Our Lives’.
‘Heart of the Seed of Love’ Retreat Day with Sr Sheila May 2012
|2012||Monthly St Patrick’s Out and About group drawing visits
Monthly Life Drawing
Monthly watercolour workshops starting up – with Elspeth Elliot (local resident of Wapping and keen artist), Clive and Alice
Other workshops include Lucinda Metcalfe running an excellent workshop on painting clouds
Pimlico group – two full day workshops in the project space led by Alice Robertson
|2012||Society of Catholic Artists showing interest and wanting to support
Fr Digby Samuels leaving St Patrick’s – Fr William Nicol arrives
Painting backdrop for the crib, Alan (Pollyanna) put it up
|2013||Artists Studios: Adrian Tobin, Lucinda Metcalfe, Lucy Fay, Carla Stone and Oliver, Patsy Lawlor, Liza Cucco, Neil Lamont, Alice Robertson
Ongoing: St Patrick’s Monthly Life drawing (until autumn – see below), Out and About Group and Watercolour/ art Groups
Sr Sheila giving an Art Retreats in OSPS and Tower Hill
Monthly Mass for Artists
St Patrick’s Day Market with Open Studios: Many visitors, friends of artists and parishioners visiting. Elspeth Elliot, Clive Lee and Rose Walsh doing a stall to invite people to come to the watercolour and out and about groups, much interest. Studios blessed by Fr Damian.
Assumption Exhibition; organised by Lucy Fay and Alice Farmer Exhibitors and participants: Artists: Lucy Fay, Luci Metcalfe, Adrian Tobin, Zannah Cooper, Phil Elbourne, Alice Farmer, Carla Stone, Rosaleen Walsh, Alice Robertson; Writing by: Francis Hoyland (artist, tutor at Royal Drawing School) , Damian Arnold. Music by parishioners. This was beautiful and very successful – if small and low key.
|2013||Diocese Health and Safety check. Closing the top floor of building, stopping life drawing. Moving water colouring to hall on ground floor. Signing Tenancy agreements for studio spaces|
|2014||Artists Studios: Adrian Tobin, Luci Metcalfe, Lucy Fay, Patsy Lawlor, Liza Cucco, Alice Robertson, Bernard Allen, Zannah Cooper, Phil Elbourne Dan Curtis moving in
£15,000 needs to be spent on OSPS to keep it running – artists making contributions.
Autumn – Elena Verity coming in once a week to work in the kitchen.
Monthly watercolour days at OSPS
St Patrick’s Out and About days
Sr Sheila continuing with ‘Awakening the Artist Within’ series (Jan, Feb, March, April and June) at Towerhill – strong community and fellowship
Monthly Parish Mass for Artists in the Old School
Epiphany Lunch gathering with the artists at OSPS
30th March – Fr Damian Howard SJ giving a Symposium on Mary in preparation for making art work for the exhibition
11th May – Through the Eyes of Mary Exhibition and Musical Event Organised by Sarah Teather and Jesuit team. Music and poems organised by Sarah Teather. Performers including Sarah de Nordwall and Verity Hewitt. Art Organised by Alice Robertson, Alice Farmer, Carla Stone. Exhibitors: Charlotte Ashenden, John Bateson-Hill, Zannah Cooper, Alice Farmer, Lucy Fay, Juli Jana, Rose Jeffs, Ruby Jeffs, Francis Hoyland, Daphne Kilner, Patsy Lawlor-Smith, Simone Lia, Alice Robertson, Carla Stone, Adrian Tobin, with students from Bishop Challoner School Writers: Damian Arnold and Francis Hoyland
Through the Eyes of Mary Exhibition and Musical Event
30th June Summer Fayre – fundraiser – Liza and Zannah and Tim – face painting, Dan doing clay workshop, Phil doing a workshop. Open studios – went really well. Artwork from the artists hanging in the presbytery13th – 15th August Mini Painting Festival Watercolour group and friends painting for three days in the Hall – About 10 people each day, some demonstrations. Carla lending her flat to two participantsFr William Nicol leaves St Patrick’s – Fr Vladimir Felzman taking over on an interim basis
|2015||Artists Studios: Liza Cucco, Bernard Allen, Zannah Cooper, Alice Farmer, Juli Jana, Luci Metcalfe, Phil Elbourne, Dan Curtis, Lucy Fay, Alice Robertson, Patsy Lawlor, (briefly Elena Lo Piccolo, parishioner)
Ongoing: Watercolour workshop (based partly at Towerhill)
St Patrick’s Out and About Group
Mass for the Artists once a month
May – new parish priest Fr David O’Reilly takes up his appointment
Sr Sheila’s Art and Prayer Ministry continuing – mainly based at Tower hill
And longer annual retreats at the OMI Retreat Centre in Crewe in June
Two trips –January and September to Benedictine Monastery at Turvey with Watercolour group and friends, with input from Br Herbert Kaden OSB
13th June – Mass and talk on the Resurrection in Lucy Fay and Alice Robertson’s studio. Talk by Fr Damian Howard SJ and poems by (Bard) Sarah de Nordwall. In preparation for a proposed exhibition on the Ressurection. 20 people came – parishioners, friends, locals, artists
June – Summer Fair – Elspeth and Alice R running a stall at the Parish summer fair – selling artwork and talking about the artists project to parishioners. Raised around £75
Autumn: Mike Quirke and Bernard Allen join the team of artists commissioned by Cardinal Vincent Nichols to produce the Westminster Cathedral Stations of Mercy for the Holy Year of Mercy.
|2016||Artist Studios: Liza Cucco, Bernard Allen, Zannah Cooper, Alice Farmer, Juli Jana, Luci Metcalfe, Mike Quirke, Alice Robertson, Patsy Lawlor, Naomi Shaw
Ongoing: Watercolour workshop (based partly at Towerhill and the Jesuit run Hurtado Centre)
St Patrick’s Out and About Group
Mass for the Artists Community once a month
February : Youth of Westminster diocese Arts Day led by Marie-Louise Van Spyk and Alice Robertson with talk from Mike Quirke
Art and prayer day at Turvey led by Johan – a follow on from the Wapping group trips to Turvey Abbey
Painting the walls in the artists’ communal area for all the artists – organized by Bernard Allen.
Studio artists invited by Hurtado Jesuit Centre to join steering group for planned Resurrection Exhibition for 2017 – Alice Robertson, Bernard Allen, Kirsty Kerr, Mike Quirke
Nikki Gardham, Alice Robertson and Mike Quirke helping to judge and present prizes for art competition looking at refugee issues organised by Rebecca Gormally at the Hurtado Centre
Hurtado KS2 Art Competion
|2016||September: Launch of St Patrick’s Studio’s website created by David Fairbairn, Mike Quirke and Alice Robertson.|
Website Launch September 2016
|2016||Sep/Oct – St Partick’s artists participate in Wapping Open Studios exhibiting at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre. Artists exhibiting – Adrian Tobin, Alice Farmer, Alice Robertson, Bernard Allen, Juli Jana, Kirsty Kerr, Liza Cucco, Luci Metcalfe, Mike Quirke, Nikki Gardham, Zannah Cooper|
Website Launch September 2016
|2016||October: Work from Open Studios transfers to Husk Coffee and Creative Space . The work is displayed throughout October. Artists exhibiting – Alice Farmer, Alice Robertson, Bernard Allen,Juli Jana, Kirsty Kerr, Liza Cucco, Mike Quirke, Nikki Gardham, Zannah Cooper|
|2017||January: Resident artists – Alice Farmer, Alice Robertson, Bernard Allen, Juli Jana, Kirsty Kerr, Luci Metcalfe, Mike Quirke, Nikki Gardham , Patsy Lawlor, Naomi Shaw Zannah Cooper
Moving out: Liza Cucco – Moving in: Elizabeth McCarten
March: @StPatsStudios Twitter
April: St Partick’s artists curate and participate in the Hurtado Jesuit Centre/Farm Street Jesuit Church Resurrection Exhibition Artists participating – Alice Robertson, Bernard Allen, Elizabeth McCarten, Kirsty Kerr, Mike Quirke
|2017||May – September : St Patrick’s Studios and invited artists exhibit at the Servite Church of Our Lady of Dolours. Exhibiting artists – Alice Robertson, Andrew White, Bernard Allen, Daphne Kilner, David Lilley, Elizabeth McCarten, Francis Hoyland, John Bateson-Hill, John Cook, Kirsty Kerr, Melissa Perkins, Mike Quirke, Rene De Los Reyes, Rosaleen Walsh, Tessa Hunkin, Victoria Brenninkmeijer|
|2017||June: Artists participate in the Great Get Together inspired by Jo Cox in Wapping Gardens painting banners, face painting and portrait painting.|