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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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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

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Contemplative Photography Experience in Western Park


contemplative photo western park April v3PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE PARK

Western Park
Sunday 24th April 2016
3 – 4pm

We would love you to join us for our free Contemplative Photography event. Learn how to use your camera as a meditative tool to experience the world around you in a fresh way. Suitable for all ages and abilities. All types of camera are fine including camera phones.

How to book a place: Please email Ruth at She will need to know how many places you would like to book .

Workshop leader: Ruth Joy is a professional wedding and portrait photographer who also has a keen interest in contemplative photography. With over ten years of teaching experience Ruth enjoys sharing her passion for photography with others.

What to expect: Ruth with explain the principles behind contemplative photography with visual examples and short practical exercises. You will then have some time to explore the park with your camera before the group gathers together to share their experience and images. Ruth will be available throughout the workshop to answer questions and offer advice.

What to bring: A camera. This can be anything from a camera phone to a compact point and shoot to a DSLR . Appropriate clothes and footware for the weather – we will be outside so make sure you stay warm. Some areas of the park may be muddy.

Where to meet: We will meet at 3pm in the car park accessed from the main park entrance off Hinkley Road. Click here for a map

Sharing our photographs: Please upload your favourite 3-6 images from the event onto our contemplative photography facebook page   You are also welcome to submit  1-3 images into our summer open art exhibition to be held in the gallery at Bishop Street Church