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An exhibition of paintings by Robert Wright - 2 - 15 Nov

Some reflections in abstract art on themes arising from Thomas Merton’s call to transform our hearts and lives.

Radiant darkness by Robert Wright.  Acrylic on paper

Radiant darkness by Robert Wright.

Acrylic on paper

With an intense use of colour, in fifteen strikingly silent abstract paintings, Robert explores the solitude and silence of Merton’s dark path of contemplation.

He hopes the paintings will open viewers' eyes to another world, beyond words, full of deeper, richer meaning - "charged with the grandeur of God” (G.M. Hopkins)

The paintings will be hung in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit for a fortnight. Please call 0114 2 353704 to arrange a time to pop in: there will be a launch reception on November 2 and two workshops on November 2nd and 5th.

All works on display will be available to purchase.


During regular events, the exhibition will be open to visitors.

There will be two bookable workshops - led by the artist and exploring facets of the paintings and their inspiration. See below. 

There will also be an exhibition launch and drinks reception on November 2nd from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. This is free to attend but please reserve your place by emailing events@whirlowspiritualitycentre.org

Booking a workshop:

Nov 2. 4 - 630pm. Refreshments included.

Robert will introduce his  works together with Merton’s photographs and explore the  distinction between looking and seeing in the context of contemplative prayer. Book below

Nov 5. 1030am - 1pm. Refreshments included.

Robert will introduce participants to the development of Thomas Merton’s painting and encourage them to explore attentiveness through his own paintings. Book below.

Earlier Event: October 24
Speaking Truth to Power - 24 Oct
Later Event: November 8
We Who Sing, Pray Twice - 8 Nov