Art Collection FAQs

Why does the Methodist Church have a Modern Art Collection?

Because two people in the 1960s wanted Methodist people to become more aesthetically aware and understand art and faith.

  • The works have been bought or commissioned with money given specifically for the purpose: their acquisition has not been a charge on general Methodist Church funds.
  • It is now looked after by Trustees (appointed by the Methodist Conference) who pursue the original aim of enabling people inside the church to connect their faith to art but also seek to encourage people outside the church to consider the Christian message presented through the medium of art.

What is in the Collection?

There are over 40 works, including some by well-known artists such as Graham Sutherland, Eric Gill, Elisabeth Frink, William Roberts, Patrick Heron.

  • Most of the pictures depict scenes from the life and teaching of Christ: some artists were or are believing Christians, others not.
  • Works are still being acquired to ensure that the ideas and concerns of today's artists are represented in the Collection. 
  • You could refer to A Guide to the Methodist Art Collection (£5.00) or the more detailed Catalogue of The Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art (£15.00), both available from Methodist Publishing .

Where and when can I see the Collection?

At several different places in Britain each year, though not all the pictures are shown every time

  • Details of venues can be found here.
  • It is not always to be found in Methodist Churches; it has been exhibited in cathedrals, schools and art galleries.

Are all the works in the collection available on this website?

Due to copyright restrictions some works, including those by Patrick Heron, Edward Burra and Georges Rouault, cannot be shown online.

Is there a commentary on the works I can read?

New commentaries are currently being commissioned. However you can read a critique of the paintings by Francis Hoyland that covers many of the works. This is also available on the Resources page.

How can we arrange to use the Collection?

By contacting the Trustees with a request.

  • First - read more about what is involved in our Guidance Notes .
  • Next - plan well ahead. The Trustees usually work on a schedule 2 years in advance and it can take a local group that time to prepare.
  • Don't think you have to use the whole Collection. The Trustees are often happy to allow a few pictures to go to a special event.
  • Contact -
    Liz Millard
    Administrator, MMACMC
    Methodist Church House
    25 Marylebone Road
    London NW1 5JR

    Email: artcollection@methodistchurch.org.uk

    Tel: 020 7467 5214

Can I use the images in print, or online?

Please see Using Images for terms and conditions.