Free and open to the public.
Blackfriars gallery is currently exhibiting a collection of Aboriginal and Ethiopian art. Though from different parts of the world, all of the art connects to the world of the supernatural. The collection includes Aboriginal dream sculptures, Ethiopian magic scrolls, South American amulets, Dutch and German holy cards, and a canvas painted in 1849 to record a miracle that occurred inside the Vatican in Rome.
All these works of art reflect a presence beyond themselves and point to the power of the Spirit. They attempt to penetrate its mystery. As such they act as vehicles for reflection, meditation and prayer. They encapsulate the hopes, desires, fears and reverence held in the human heart before the fathomless power of the Divine.
The evening will include a presentation by Hilary Martin, OP, DSPT, Professor Emeritus Philosophy and Theology followed by a talk by special guest Eleanor Hopewell. Fr. Hilary will discuss each piece of Aboriginal art individually. Ms. Hopewell is a guest of Fr. Michael Morris, OP, DSPT Professor of Religion and the Arts. She will illuminate the story of the Ethiopian Magic Scrolls which date back roughly 150 years. She will explain how they were commissioned as prayer scrolls intended to be worn by a person or hung in the home for protection from demons and promotion of healing.