Inaugural Stations of the Cross exhibition

Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015

Stations of the Cross-Shirley Purdie
Image: The "16th Station" by Shirley Purdie

ACU's inaugural Stations of the Cross Easter exhibition at the McGlade Gallery in Strathfield will feature a special "16th Station" by Warmun artist Shirley Purdie.

Renowned artists from all over Australia have created works addressing each of the Franciscan 15 Stations. The 15th Station, according to tradition, recalls the resurrection – the defining moment of the Easter story.

Esteemed Indigenous artist Shirley Purdie, from the Warmun Community in the Kimberley, offered her creation of a 16th Station, where Jesus comes to Warmun. This is a significant connection to the Emmaus Road appearance of Jesus following His resurrection.

Exhibition curators Rev Dr Doug Purnell OAM and Lachlan Warner invited 16 ACU staff to contribute a written personal reflection on a particular Station, each containing an understanding of a particular station as part of the journey of Jesus and how that particular Station has had an impact on a journey of faith.

Stations of the Cross-Reg Mombassa 
Image: The 2nd Station by Reg Mombassa

Doug Purnell said the artists were not necessarily chosen because they saw themselves as "religious", but because they had "the capacity to answer difficult questions through artistic practice". He said, "I give the artists freedom to create the work as is appropriate for them. As a theologian I am continually delighted in the way artists give us back our texts in really fresh and life giving ways."

Mr Warner said the addition of Shirley Purdie's work was a highlight for the exhibition in ACU's 25th anniversary year. "Shirley's deep engagement with both the Easter Stations and with country led to her request. Her joyous painting connects and concludes the Stations in a profound way."

Stations of the Cross-MA Coutts
Image: The 4th Station by Mary-Anne Coutts

Stations of the Cross-Danica Knezevic 
Image: The 5th Station by Danica Knezevic

The artists are:

Euan Macleod
Lindy Lee
Reg Mombassa
Shoufay Derz
Greg Warburton
Julie Dowling
Mary-Anne Coutts
Peter O'Doherty
Danica Knezevic
Jenny Little
Catherine Bell
Alan Jones
Jeannette Siebols
Anne Graham
Orest Keywan
Shirley Purdie

Exhibition details 

Dates and times: 3pm, Sunday 29 March until 18 April 2015
(Gallery hours: Monday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm)
Venue: McGlade Gallery, 25A Barker Road, Strathfield