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15 January 2016

Art to bring peace to Manchester during Lent

Art to bring peace to Manchester during Lent

Vases will join other works of art to help Manchester find peace through Lent.

Artist Julian Stair's ceramic vessels will be on display in the city as part of a Lent art trail, which will give residents a chance to reflect and be still during the approach to Easter.

The PassionArt project will feature works by different artists exhibited in six iconic city centre venues from 10 February to 2 April.

The trail will look at themes of wilderness, silence, mindfulness and simplicity within the everyday, inviting people to engage with the Easter story and the Lenten experience in new and creative ways.

PassionArt is holding an opening event at Manchester Cathedral on 12 February at 6pm, which all are invited to attend.

The evening will include live music from Epiphany, a classical music ensemble and an opportunity to hear two of the artists, Julian Stair and Ghislaine Howard, introduce their work.

Lesley Sutton, director of PassionArt, said: "Our intention is to call our city to be still for a few moments every day for the 40 days of Lent to step off the constant wheel of activity and noise and to give space to listen to the still small voice that whispers an invitation to us to belong, to love and be forgiven."
There will be ways to engage with the city through stillness; at midday everyday throughout Lent St Ann's Church will ring the Angelus Bell, a traditional call to pause and give thanks for the day that has been a part of Christian traditions for hundreds of years, and Manchester Art Gallery are hosting a series of events in partnership with PassionArt throughout the season.

You can find out more about the trail, the artists and the venues on the PassionArt website.