I was in Beverley Minster recently to see the opening of the mixed media presentation ‘Sanctuary’ which is worth a visit if you have some time to spare. The presentation deals with the topical and ongoing matter of displacement and the need for humanitarian refuge. I had a walk around and there is some interesting contemporary art on show in the Minster.
Above we see a decidedly modern sculpture of figures. The inclination of the futures lends a certain dynamism to the work and also suggests the tradition of Christian striving against metaphorical headwinds.
Christianity has inspired a lot of art over the centuries and still does. Above we see a colourful collage of Christian motifs.
Arguably the Minster is a work of art in itself but these works still add some modernity and remind us that the history of this remarkable building is not yet over.
Speaking of history there is a memorial in the Minster to British soldiers who died in Afghanistan over a hundred years ago. This reminds us that Afghanistan has frequently been both a foreign occupied and a troubled place. Let’s hope for the best for Afghanistan, for peace and prosperity for its people and lasting stability for its international neighbours.