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An Artful Showcase of Unofficial Saints
 
 
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GOOD SPORTS IN THE SPORTS HALL!
At the start of a week's visit to its first home at Holme Grange School, 200+ Junior pupils learned how to call out Adelante in loud voices - with gestures to go with it. And they had their own artwork on show too!
Hugh Gibbons presented the Gallery by turning it gently around on its castors - another artful innovation.
See http://outreach.holmegrange.net/2018/11/12/the-first-home-at-holme-grange-for-the-adelante-gallery

 
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CONTACT? THE ARTIST, HUGH GIBBONS

hughgibbons@just1.org.uk
THE ADELANTE GALLERY is an uncommon example of art with its sleeves rolled up.

Home-made. By a very amateur artist, carpenter and designer. Squeezed in his garage at home. But something seriously different to enjoy, appreciate and learn from.

 

Adelante is unlike other galleries - in size, shape, content, and purpose. It's not fixed in one place, has no admission charges or cafe, with exhibits that visitors are welcome to touch.

This Gallery is a tall, square, freestanding, hollow, wooden column - packed with graphics and quotes; some on hanging panels steadied by small magnets.



The crosspiece is made of balsa wood, carrying a vintage sickle and a WW2 cannon shell.

 

Other exhibits include socks sent by Churches Together in England; a carpenter's pencil from the TUC; breathing space by a Quaker school; earth from a German church and memorial garden, Central Park NY and an airfield in Northamptonshire; and a fragment of an historic 1943 Flying Fortress.

 

Oh, and an Alphabet of Unofficial Saints.

The Gallery carries an uncommon diversity of voices on behalf of common humanity, including Oscar Romero, Malala Yousafzai, Henri Dunant's candlelit legacy, Kurt Vonnegut on the Beatitudes, Jo Cox MP's nameplate in a Brussels square, Desmond Tutu's elephant, Daniel Berrigan's office poster, and Mary Robinson on human rights.

You'll see word of The Forgiveness Project, NGOs in Africa and Guatemala, reporters on the Mexico-US border, successors to Bartolomeo de las Casas, The Great Get-Together, debating in The Philippines, a student protester in El Salvador, the work of conservators, the West Door of Westminster Abbey, and a tribute to People Who Make Waves.


 

So the Gallery is a sort of vertical commonplace book - with items and ideas gathered together to:

    Chime with the canonisation of Oscar Romero as an official saint of the Catholic Church on 14 October 2018

     

    Show why he’s respected far and wide - for all sorts of people of faith, and none

     

    Act as a springboard to appreciate a wide range of Unofficial Saints around the world: other inspirers, encouragers and wave-makers in a variety of settings

     

    Share stories of social justice and show solidarity with common humanity

     

    Be suitable to visit and be put to use by schools, churches and other communities with suitable settings

     

    Amuse the eye, mind and soul



The Adelante Gallery is unusual in being compact and built to travel around - in a family car:

- Two plywood boxes that stack to make the column
- Four solid wooden panels carrying laminated quotes
- The lightweight crosspiece with fixed sickle and cannon shell
- A solid base 900mm square to keep everything stable
- Castors underneath the base to make the gallery easy to move or turn
-  A4 information stands for the base
- a retired guiding angel ready for Oscar Romero Lookalike Night in Heaven
- and space for you to add your own items


Made with secondary schools, churches and other communities in mind, The Adelante Gallery is free to borrow. If you’d like to discuss a visit, the requirement is an indoor space of at least 5 metres square that allows it to stay safely for a minimum of two weeks.

If you want to use it to raise funds for a charity, that’ll be fine.


Gallery creator Hugh Gibbons invited several people to have a small but cheery part. The balsa wood was funded by Pax Christi, Holme Grange School and the Vice-Chancellor or the Royal College of Art. The Fairtrade socks came from Churches Together in England. And the carpenter’s pencil from Frances O’Grady of the TUC recognises that trade unions around the world are among Romero’s many admirers.



Adelante is the creation of Hugh Gibbons in Bracknell, UK.
It’s the latest in his knockabout series you can see at www.just1.org.uk/galleries

This includes
The Paternoster Gallery - a collection with over 20 versions of The Lord's Prayer. If you'd like to see how one school put this to use, visit http://outreach.holmegrange.net/2018/09/17/a-right-our-father-workshop

Hugh has given dozens of public talks on his diversity of activities. There's never a fee asked for, but any donations go to charities working on education overseas.
For more information, contact him at hughgibbons@just1.org.uk
 






The Gallery comes in several sections
that are easy to lift and assemble.
Small castor wheels on the base mean that
it's easy to move around.

   
And
www.just1.org.uk has a hint of Hugh's hinterland.
     
   

 

   

   

   

   

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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