Art @ Advent

Advent calendars come in different shapes and sizes, many with chocolate gifts. In 2013 St John’s offered a calendar with a difference. Working with 25 artists from across the City this talented group created their very own Advent Calendar. For every day of Advent an artist displayed a piece of artwork depicting the lead up to Christmas.

Each week of Advent was given a theme by St John’s vicar, Canon Ian Black, to help the artists find inspiration and they may leave some questions for our audience.

Week 1: 1st to the 7th December- The Announcement

Prompted by the Angelic announcements to Mary and the shepherds announcing good news of hope, light and salvation. Who tells stories of hope today?

Dec 1st  Dec 2nd  Dec 3rd  Dec 4th  Dec  5th   Dec 6th  Dec  7th

Week 2: 8th to 14th of December – The Journey and homelessness

Prompted by the journeys of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem for the census, their fleeing to Egypt for asylum to escape Herod’s murderous plot, and the shepherds and wise men’s journeys to worship and adore. Who is journeying – commuting, migrating and fleeing – today?

Dec 8th  Dec 9th  Dec 10th  Dec 11th  Dec 12th  Dec 13th   Dec 14th

Week 3: 15th to 21st of December – The commercialisation of Christmas

Prompted by a feeling among many that true meaning is being lost in the wrapping and packaging, and the party has lost the purpose. Where do we find our value and worth?

Dec 15th  Dec 16th  Dec 17th  Dec 18th  Dec 19th  Dec 20th  Dec 21st

Week 4: 22nd to 25th of December – Christian Christmas

Prompted by St John’s being a place of Christian prayer and worship for over 600 years and this being the heart of what it is. What does it mean to have God among us today and where do we find the Christ-child today?

Dec 22nd  Dec 23rd  Dec 24th  Dec 25th


The work was displayed looking out of the Church through the glass doors that open onto St John’s Square.