Holy Name Galleries Club

From Catherine Hearne: Our second trip of 2020 was to Ushaw College for a Christmas Special on Tuesday 10 December 2019. Political Theologian Dr Anna Rowlands presented this year’s Christmas Lecture on Pope Pius XII’s Christmas Messages. It was followed by the College’s Carol Service in St Cuthbert’s Chapel.

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From Catherine Hearne: Bridget Riley, born not long after our Church opened and fast approaching her 90th birthday, has created dazzling and compelling abstract paintings which explore the fundamental nature of perception. For the first time a comprehensive survey of her work was exhibited in Scotland and we enjoyed a guided tour at Edinburgh’s National Gallery on Tuesday 3 September 2019.

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Ushaw College is truly one of the hidden jewels in Durham’s crown and is steeped in history dating back to its foundation in Douai, France in 1568. As part of our 90th celebrations we arranged a “behind the scenes” tour of the former seminary on 26 January 2019 with a coach door to door. We enjoyed tea and cake in the refectory afterwards.

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On Saturday 24 November 2018 we visited Edinburgh for Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition at the National Gallery of Scotland.

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Turner Prize-winner (2017) Lubaina Himid presented a solo exhibition at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art this summer. A Holy Name guided tour of “Our Kisses are Petals” took place on Friday 7 September. Afterwards we had the added pleasure of meeting the artist in the cafeteria and we took advantage of the occasion to discuss the exhibition with her.

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