All Hallows Twickenham launches Remembrance Festival
The church of All Hallows in Twickenham is marking Remembrance Day with a difference this year, with its first Festival of Remembrance.
The festival is a chance to remember and pay respects to those who have fallen in defence of their country and who lost their lives in two world wars, but also loved ones who have recently passed away, those in our armed forces who have suffered in modern conflicts, and those who continue to suffer from war, including the unprecedented numbers of refugees fleeing for their lives.
The festival is the brainchild of All Hallows’ vicar, the Reverend Kevin Bell, and will see the iconic Wren church used as backdrop for vigils and services that will bring the whole community together in Remembrance.
The Reverend Kevin Bell, Vicar of All Hallows, commented:
“This Festival is about prayer leading to care and art leading to action. By remembering together we are better placed to take action together. It’s as simple as that.”
The festival features a free exhibition of conflict art, Embers, by painter Arabella Dorman. Arabella bases her art on her first-hand experience in Afghanistan, Iraq and more recently in Lesbos and Calais. Her recent exhibition, Flight at St James Piccadilly, received global acclaim. As part of the festival she will be holding a series of talks on her art and experience, and will participate in a special children’s exhibition.
Arabella Dorman commented:
“I am delighted to be working with All Hallows and to exhibit my work in Wren’s beautiful church. At a time of remembrance, as we honour the fallen, and remember all who live under the shadow of war today, I hope that that this exhibition gives us all pause to think about the immediate impacts and long term repercussions of conflicts past and present, and to consider our response to the unprecedented refugee crisis that has arisen.
“My work is about the darkness of war, but it is also an attempt to illuminate and to reveal the human face of conflict, and to find light in the darkest corners of existence. As such, this exhibition is as much about the hope that can rise from the embers, as it is about the poignancy and pathos of war. It is about sacrifice and remembrance, exile and despair, but it is also about tenacity and faith.”
See the church’s website more information on the Festival events and services or learn more about Arabella and her work. The free exhibition, Embers, runs from 3 to 13 November and is open daily from 9.15am to 6pm (from 11.30am on Sundays).