Bishop Street Methodist Church

Art at the Chapel Explorations into Art and Spirituality

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Venite Art Exhibition


Transform an organ pipe or circuit board into a piece of art work for our ‘Venite’ exhibition to be held October 2018 Find out below how you could get involved in this unique creative opportunity.

Join us at one of our transformation workshops OR collect a pipe or two or a circuit board to work on at home.



Collaborative Artwork Workshops

Wednesday 4th & 11th July 2018 10am -12pm
Drop in sessions, no charge, all ages and abilities welcome. We will be working together to transform a large organ pipe as a collective artwork piece for the exhibition.


Create your own Artwork


We give you a fabulous organ pipe or circuit board as the starting point for your creation
You get to exhibit it for free in our exhibition
You get to keep it afterwards free of charge or you can sell it during the exhibition* or donate it to the church to show in future exhibitions.


Get in touch and let us know your ideas for transforming the object (These could be as rough as what materials you are thinking of using) Email Ruth at, or phone the church on 0116 2554111 and speak to Robin on Tuesday to Friday or Ruth on Wednesdays.


Arrange a day/time and come and collect your object(s) There is a £10 deposit needed for each object which will be refunded when you bring the completed piece in for the exhibition. We have 5 circuit boards and 20 Organ pipes ranging from 61cm to 183cm


Completed artworks must be returned by the end of September so the quicker you collect your object the longer you have.


Our ‘Venite’ exhibition will be held from 17th October – 7th November 2018


The theme of your artwork is up to you. We just ask that it is suitable for exhibiting in a family friendly church space. If you would like to you could use the exhibition title ‘Venite’ as a starting point but it is not compulsory.

The exhibition is entitled ‘Venite’ the Latin verb ‘Come!’. The Venite is also a liturgical chant composed of parts of Psalms 95 and 96 which was included in some services here and was printed on one of a selection of old Hymn board cards found at the church which will be incorporated into the exhibition. The title was chosen for its welcoming and inclusive nature.

* Bishop Street Gallery take 30% commission on sales made through the exhibition



If you know someone who may be interested in this opportunity please let them know. If you would like a poster to print and display in your church or another public space please email Ruth at

To see examples of past exhibitions in our gallery space click here


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Wonder Exhibition 2017 in photos

Our Open Art Exhibition on the theme of ‘Wonder’ will be on show for the whole of May 2017.

The show contains a mixture of media including painting, drawing, textiles, photography and poetry.


Exhibition and Cafe Opening Times 

Monday to Friday – 10am-4pm

Saturdays – 11am to 3pm


Please click on ‘Continue Reading’ below to see more photographs of the exhibition.

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Christian Voices Coming Up Exhibition Photos

2nd – 21st Feb 2017

Christian Voices Coming Out is a heritage project capturing the stories of pioneering LGBT Christian activists, advocates and allies over the past 40 years. These individuals have worked for the acceptance, affirmation and welcome of queer and transgender people. They have challenged the churches when they have diminished and dismissed their lives, loves and identities. and borne witness to a Christian faith built on principles of justice, compassion and love.

The exhibition includes the stories of many LGBT Christian activists, advocates and allies from a wide variety of church backgrounds, celebrating 40 years of prophecy, protest and pride.

Read more about the heritage project and exhibition on the ‘Christian Voices Coming Out’ Website – Click Here 

To find out more about the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement which has recently changed its name to One Body One Faith go to

To read an article in the Church Times about our speaker Tracey Byrne Click Here 


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Dream Baskets and Other Works


Dream Baskets and Other Works by Andrea Heffernan

26th – 31st January 2017

As a self-taught artist, Andrea was first inspired to start crafting on holiday when she saw someone making jewellery. Unable to find jewellery she really liked in the shops she decided to take up the craft and began making her own pieces both for herself and for friends. This led to trying a whole range of different crafts including glass painting, pyrography, plaster casts, felt flower making and creating night light baskets. Using the internet to learn about each technique Andrea says ‘I like to have a go at new crafts I see. I am inspired by my Granddaughter and my two sons who both love drawing and nature.’

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Free the Seeds Exhibition



Supporting Farmers in India and Bangladesh

The story of how the power of corporate seed companies impacts on ordinary people

Photography by Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Text by Global Justice Now

12th – 24th January 2017

The exhibition is free, and open during Chapel Café times: 10am – 4pm on weekdays & 10am – 3pm on Saturdays

 Please click here for a pdf version of the exhibition 

India –the campaigner who wants to free the seeds

image1Kapil Shah works for an organisation in Maharashtra called Jatan: Mission for Organic Farming. Kapil says that at the start farmers were happy with the introduction of Monsanto’s GM cotton. Good weather conditions and a high global price for cotton made it profitable for farmers to grow. So, many farmers stopped growing vegetables and other crops to just focus on cotton. After almost 8 years of growing GM cotton, farmers started to experience serious problems.
He says pesticide use had increased to the same level, or even more, than before the introduction of Monsanto’s cotton. Pests have become more aggressive than they were before, with some even becoming resistant to pesticides, meaning that farmers are buying even more. Crops are becoming susceptible to diseases that previously were not a problem. Soil quality has deteriorated because GM cotton drains soil of its nutrients. The switch to cotton farming has also meant that less food was grown locally, leading to food shortages. Continue reading