Diocesan press releases

Diverse art in sacred spaces

A renowned Welsh artist has set a challenge for visitors to churches in Pembrokeshire this summer.

Martin Crampin, from Aberystwyth, has created a series of sixteen tiles based on designs found in St Davids Cathedral.

Four of them are there on display as part of the annual Art on the Faith Trail, which was launched this week in the cathedral and runs until July 31st.

The other twelve are to be found in the eight other churches taking part in the exhibition.

When put together, they form the complete design. The challenge is to visit all the churches and piece them all together using maps and templates which are provided in each church.

Art on the Faith Trail is now in its eighth year. There is no overall theme – the artists select pieces of their work that they feel respond to the setting, the church or the cathedral. The Trail refers to the paths used by the travellers on pilgrimage in the early Christian world making their way to St David’s Cathedral.

There is a website with more information at http://www.art-on-the-faith-trail.co.uk/ and have a new Facebook page too.

The eight churches involved this year, in addition to St Davids Cathedral, are:

  • St Peter’s, Little Newcastle
  • St David’s, Llanychaer,
  • St Gwyndaf’s, Llanwnda
  • Holy Martyrs, Mathry
  • St Rhian’s, Llanrhian
  • St Hywel’s, Llanhywel,
  • St Aiden’s, Upper Solva
  • St James the Great, Walwyn’s Castle

Artists taking part include:

  • Eliot Baron,
  • Richard Blacklaw-Jones,
  • Martin Crampin,
  • Warren Heaton,
  • Buzz Knapp-Fisher,
  • Robert Jakes,
  • Austen Pinkerton,
  • Miriam Scott [poet],
  • Nigel Sutton,
  • Jean Thomas,
  • Rod Williams and
  • Tim Williams with new faces
  • Leah Cross [mixed media]
  • Jude Howells [photography].