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Arts

At St. Clement's we believe that creativity is a gift from God to be celebrated and enjoyed.  In the creative act human beings enter with God into his work of beauty. 

Face2Face Arts Chaplaincy:

Face2face Arts Chaplaincy exists to be a blessing on the arts and artists of Leigh.  And we thank everyone who supports the Face2Face Arts Chaplaincy. 

We would welcome any contributions or offers of help on any of the arts projects.  You can contact Mtr. Cherry via saintclementsleigh@outlook.com.  

It is our prayer that this will grow, and give confidence to those whose creativity is still unformed as well as bringing us closer to those outside our walls.  Please keep the chaplaincy in your prayers.

With our first exhibition of 2019, St Clement’s Face2face Arts Chaplaincy are pleased to host an exhibition of work of Access to Art and Design Students from South Essex College.  From 14/2-26/2 they showed photographic work responding to their project, Love and Death, with their entries for this year’s Royal Opera House Design Challenge, Romeo and Juliet. 

From this exhibition we now have a ROYAL OPERA HOUSE WINNER

We are so happy that one of the Access to Art and Design students who exhibited in St Clement’s on 14 February, Klaudia Zolkos-Urbanek, won first prize in the Royal Opera House Design Challenge marketing category. This nationwide contest saw 42 schools and colleges take part with 85 entries making the final, which were all judged by the Royal Opera House’s design, production and marketing teams. Klaudia created a simple yet effective design with a strategy aimed at attracting a younger audience to Kenneth MacMillan’ interpretation of the ballet, Romeo & Juliet.

Klaudia studies on the College’s Access to HE (Art & Design) course run by Mother Cherry at South  Essex College and she will begin the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at the College in September. Klaudia said she was delighted to have won.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out. It’s unbelievable that something I have created has been recognised by such a prestigious organisation and I’m proud that it will be seen by so many people. The course at the College is great because it gives you the confidence and knowledge to really push yourself. It covers so many different aspects of art so our skills can be widely used and explore many avenues. The tutors are incredibly helpful and supportive, too.”

In 2018 'Requiem' a response to the centenary of the First World War, was displayed in St Clement’s Church and Leigh Community Centre. Many thanks to all who supported this moving exhibition.  All proceeds are being donated to a local branch of the armed forces charity, SSFA [​Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association].

Thanks also to all who supported our recent series of Sunday afternoon art lectures, "Meaning Beyond Absurdity" Art, Faith, War & Peace.  We really appreciate the support that has been shown for these interesting lectures.

Since 2016 St Clement's has been a venue for the Annual Leigh Art Trail; hosted art events, exhibitions and record launches.  2018 saw the Private View of work by South Essex College Access to Art and Design students, showing work for the Royal Opera House's production of Salome, an Opera by Strauss. The college has well established links with the ROH, since September 2015 South Essex College has formed a partnership with ROH and the University of the Arts London (UAL) to deliver a unique BA (Hons) degree in Costume Construction, specifically to address the current shortage of people with high quality costume making skills.  In 2018 we also hosted and enjoyed the launch of local singer-songwriter, Dave Livings' EP, Stray Dog.  In May 2018 we hosted Breathing Space, by Ruth Rotherham, showing beautiful felt artworks created in relation to biblical subjects.  In early June we welcomed the Leigh Art Trail to St. Clement's once again, when we were delighted to be the host venue for 'Me-on-Sea', a wonderful exhibition featuring artwork submitted to the Art Trail by children from four of our local schools. 

Keep an eye out for other arts and music events on our notice boards and website. 

Music:

We have a choir who sing at our Parish Mass every Sunday, and for special religious events.  New members are always welcome, rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings. Contact: Mr.Roger Folley, 01702 471799.

Training musicians of all ages can perform in the church on Saturdays during coffee mornings. This helps up and coming musicians to build performance confidence, and is particularly helpful for students preparing for exams or festivals. 

In 2018 St. Clement’s was delighted to be a venue for LEIGH FOLK FESTIVA, including the Poetry by Candlelight evening. On the Friday we enjoyed Tales of the Unexpected, with Hannah Brailsford, an evening of twisted tales and tales with twists!  Hannah returned on Saturday with a Hat Full of Stories. This was followed by the annual Open Mic Competition.

In 2018 we also welcomed the Southend Youth Strings Group and friends, who delivered a heartfelt recital in memory of their teacher and friend, Lorraine Kelly, who died this year.  Thanks to the generosity of our audience, this event raised an amazing £170 for Fair Havens Hospice.

Stained Glass:

The stunning windows at St. Clement's date from across the centuries, and include the beautiful east window, depicting the Crucifixion, which is of hand-painted enamel, rather than, as is often supposed, stained glass.  It dates from c.1850, and is probably German.  Other windows include those depicting St. Clement and the saints of our daughter parishes, Ss. Thomas, James and Margaret.

In September 2016 the east window was taken away for expert restoration, and was reinstated in early April, in time for Easter 2017.

"The blessing of creativity, to be enjoyed by all"

Stations of the Cross:


Like many churches, a part of the liturgical ornamentation of the Church is a set of Stations of the Cross.  Following the Stations of the Cross around the Church, from the North East corner of the North Aisle all the way around to the North East corner of the Sanctuary, is a spiritual exercise designed to help the Christian pilgrim to meditate upon the final journey of Jesus Christ from judgement by Pilate to his burial.  There are fourteen traditional stations (stopping places) each marked by a numbered plaque around the church.  The devotion of Stations of the Cross developed from early Christians walking the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, the actual place of Christ's final journey.  The devotion of walking the "Way of the Cross" is still a natural part of Christian life, and is done publicly in Lent.
 

Brasses:

The Church brasses are ancient works of art, and as such are of historical interest.  Copies of the brasses can be used for the purpose of brass rubbing.  These have been enjoyed by both experts and local school children.

The Bells of St. Clement's:

You might have heard the bells ringing out across the town, they are rung regularly for church services and to herald newly wed couples as they leave the Church to start their married life together, as well as for special local and national events.

There are eight bells hung for Change Ringing in St. Clement’s.  The oldest bells date from the 17th century although three of them have been recast since.  The Ring was augmented from six bells to eight bells in 2003.

Our practice night is Thursdays at 7:30 but if you are interested in learning to ring, a visiting ringer or would just like to see ringing in action it would be best to contact us first, to make sure there’s someone to meet you. Contact: Mrs.Mary Folley, 01702 471799.