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6 The Two Angels Raphael

Angel exhibition gets its wings in Glasgow

Events and discussions planned around the St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art free attraction, opening next month, for ‘people of faith and of none’

A thought-provoking free exhibition about angels is opening next month at St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art  in Glasgow.

Heavenly Creatures: Angels in Faith, History and Popular Culture will run from early October until April 17 2016 and visitors will be encouraged to discover the many ways angels are represented all around us; as well as how they have been portrayed through sacred writings, traditions, art and popular culture.

“I hope visitors will bring their own interpretations and experiences or empathise with the human stories told through the display,” Harry Dunlop, the exhibition curator, said. “This exhibition is the result of different conversations about angels with people of faith and of none.”

Many culture and societies believe angels have the power to protect and guard individuals while on earth and when they have passed away. In history and art, angels have been depicted in many different ways through the centuries.

Paintings, sculpture, stained-glass, photographs and other objects will be on display at St Mungo’s in addition to an accompanying series of talks, events and films for adults and families.

The display will allow visitors to consider angels of light and darkness, representing good and evil. The exhibition also reflects upon the concept of angels as guardians, healers and guides. An accompanying programme of free talks, events and workshops for all ages are taking place in conjunction with the exhibition.

On Sunday October 4 a panel of academics from Glasgow University will discuss themes and issues relating to a number of world religions, while little ones can create an imaginative 2D angel embellished with sparkling foils and decorative collage.  Other events will take place throughout the month culminating with a twilight tour of the Necropolis on October 30, with Friends of Glasgow Necropolis showing off their wonderful angels and telling intriguing stories about the stones.  The programme will continue throughout the entire exhibition run.

The award-winning St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art, named after Glasgow’s patron saint, is home to inspiring displays of artifacts and stunning works of art exploring the importance of religion in peoples’ lives across the world and across time.


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