Using creative arts to transform lives

art exhibitions - case study 4

July 2000 saw 10,000 evangelists and church leaders from all over the world converge on the Netherlands for a major international conference, sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

The aim of the nine-day conference was to prepare and equip the next generation of evangelists and to offer formal training to help in their ministry.

So it was fitting that the massive Congress Centre in Amsterdam was also the venue for the Pilgrim Hearts Trust's first international exhibition. Delegates from 185 countries attending Amsterdam 2000, for teaching and discussion on every aspect of evangelism, had the opportunity to see the Trust's work at first hand and witness the impact it had.

The exhibition featured the paintings of Southampton artist Anne House, whose work provides a powerful witness. Anne aims to communicate the reality of Jesus in a style that non-Christians, as well as those with a strong faith, can understand.

Due to the level of interest in the “Hearts through Arts” approach, the stand was quadrupled in size and demonstrated to many the value of such creative witness.

Pilgrim Hearts Director, Elaine Chalmers-Brown, said the response to the exhibition had been mind blowing."Anne's work always speaks volumes to those who see it. At Amsterdam 2000 we saw how her paintings cut across all cultural and social barriers. That is what our work at Pilgrim Hearts is all about. We see time and again how the creative arts can be used not only to support mission, but to reach out in a way that speaks to some who might not otherwise hear the message."

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