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Sunday, December 14, 2014 – 2:00 pm
The Church and the Pub – A Holy Alliance
From demon drink to holy spirit – an artist finds his subject matter
A presentation by artist Brian Whelan. Brian’s work in included in Foundry Gallery’s current exhibit “Come in from the Cold.”
“People assume this is about an alcoholic who’s rescued by religion,” says Irish artist Brian Whelan. “Actually, it’s the other way around.”
For 20 years Whelan lived in England’s East Anglia, where he became fascinated by the area’s beautiful medieval churches. Why had they been stripped bare of art, he wondered? And why was there always a pub next door?
Early England was full of shrines to the Virgin, and pilgrims would travel from one to the other. They needed a place to stay, a place to eat, and a place to drink, so the churches built pubs next door on church land. Often with names like “The Goat” or “The Compass” (for God encompasseth us all, notes Whelan), this alliance with the church thrived until the Reformation, when Henry the Eighth confiscated Catholic property and sold it – including the pubs.
It’s an overlooked story,” says Whelan. And an artist had found his subject.
Free, but space is limited. To assure your seat, please RSVP to Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.