Stations 2021

In recent years, many people — not only Christians — have adopted the practice of giving something up for Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter. However, this spiritual discipline can also be practiced by taking something up. This Lent, you are invited to consider your own spiritual journey (as you understand it) and present work in relation to one or more of the Stations of the Cross.

These episodes from the Passion narrative have historically been the subject of many works of art, from Mark Wallinger’s Ecce Homo, [Station 1], to Michelangelo’s Entombment [Station 14], via Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ [Station 12] and Sam Taylor-Wood’s Pietà [Station 13]. However, the Stations need not reference traditional depictions — for example, Gina Pane channelled the Christian sacrificial narrative through action performance, while Barnett Newman’s Stations of the Cross proposed a ‘universal’ spirituality via abstraction. Last year’s Arts Chaplaincy project Stations 2020  included videos made from appropriated film and music, while Stations 2021 uses graphic icons to indicate the various stations, with associated readings.

When used as a focus for meditation, the Stations of the Cross are often accompanied by such texts; sometimes these have a literal relationship to illustrative images, but there are other approaches to engaging with them. Lectio Divina is an ancient way of reading meditatively, identifying a single word or phrase that carries a particular significance to the reader in that moment. This word or phrase can then become the subject of further contemplation, leading to action — which in this case, could be the production of art work.

You can approach this project in whatever way you choose — whether through faith, critical enquiry, or experiment (none of which are mutually exclusive) — so long as any work you submit is documented in digital form, as image, video, audio, or text.

For the online exhibition, fifteen galleries will be selected from submitted works, with Stations 1-14 opening on Good Friday (2 April) and the 15th Station added on Easter Day. Each gallery will feature thumbnail images linking to a separate page for each work, plus additional information (similar to the format for The Spiritual Exercises).

Submission of works

You may submit works at any point up to the closing date of 26 March, in relation to one or more of the stations (so for example, you might start with a single station, perhaps later deciding to make a series).

Please download and complete a submission form and return along with your digital files, which should be named in accordance with your name and titles of works (as listed on the submission form). Please supply images as separate JPEGs, minimum 1040 px wide; video and audio in standard formats. If your files are over 20MB please send via WeTransfer.

For further information, please contact Mark Dean: