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January 18 to March 30, 2024

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm

You are invited to visit this exhibition which features a rare glimpse into over a century of liturgical textiles made or used in British Columbia: stoles, chasubles, copes, linens and church adornment.

Textiles often serve as a metaphor for the intangible and unknown aspects of human existence: think of a veil, a gauzy and semi-opaque liminal barrier between the physical world and that of the Spirit. The works in the exhibition have served, and continue to serve worshiping communities, not only with their beauty, but by telling our histories, sharing our aspirations, and recognizing our place on the land. The main gallery features work designed for public worship, while a smaller space includes work for more personal reflection and private prayer.

Thomas Roach ODNW, and Companion of Worship Arts honouree has joined with museum curator Dr Angela Clark to select contemporary and historical works from church and private collections. Churches include Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver; St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church, Vancouver; St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Parish, Vancouver; Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Parish, Vancouver; St. Helen's Roman Catholic Parish, Burnaby; and St. James Anglican Church, Vancouver. Individual artists include: Karen Brodie, Trish Graham, Alecia Greenfield, Jean Kares, Lyn Longair, lona Payne, Thomas Roach, Lorraine Ross, Mae Runions and Judy Villett.

Free admission and free parking.