Manchester PassionArt Trail Lent 2014 & 2016

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The PassionArt Trail uses the Christian season of Lent to create opportunity for artists and the community to explore spiritual themes and celebrate the Easter tradition, through contemporary art in both white cube gallery, sacred and secular spaces by commissioning and exhibiting a series of unique site specific installations, art works and performances that uncover moments where the sacred inhabits the ordinary. 

We held our first trail during Lent 2014 across 6 city centre venues and you can follow the art works and their reflections on this website. 
We are currently planning for PassionArt 2016 which will take place from 10th February - 30th March. More details to follow soon.

This visual pilgrimage across the city of Manchester uses contemporary art to explore themes drawn from Lent. Within a fast, busy city Lent invites us to be mindful of the way we live by creating moments when we step off the wheel of constant noise and activity, and seek the lessons of the desert; lessons of simplicity and denial, of silence and solitude, of letting go and discovering beauty from ashes
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Keep up to date with all our news by visiting the PassionArt blog where we will be sharing lots of information with you about the PassionArt Trail and also telling you about some creative ways that you can engage with Easter, art and faith. 

We will be hosting some guest blogs from people who share our interest in exploring the different ways art and faith can enhance well being, deepen our spirituality and prayer lives, and bring lots of fun and laughter to our homes and families.

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PassionArt explores the relationship between faith and art, encouraging and discovering ways that creativity, art and faith impact our everyday lives. Curated by Lesley Sutton, the PassionArt Trail is one of our first major projects that aims to encourage renewed dialogue between the artist and the church, and to extend both the gallery and sacred space by creating opportunity for artist and public to engage in non-gallery locations to explore themes related to universal human experience and spiritual journey. 

Read our Easter reflections, written to accompany some of the art works in the trail and help you engage with the works more meaningfully. These are also available in our free booklet that can be collected from the information desk at each venue during the trail. 

“God is not remote from us. He is at the point of my pen, my pick, my paintbrush, my needle - and my heart and my thoughts,”

Teilhard de Chardin