Meg Wroe (b. unknown)
Trinity – After Rublev, Southwark, 2018
(aka The Windrush Icon)
Acrylic, mixed media and gold leaf on carved wood
26.9cm x 35cm
Loaned by the Bishop of Southwark
Trinity – After Rublev, Southwark/ The Windrush Icon
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd. Christopher Chessun, together with the Diocesan Department of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) commissioned an icon in 2018 reflecting the ethnic diversity of the Diocese. The icon was to be similar in style to the ‘Trinity – After Rublev’ Icon painted for St. Luke’s, Holloway, by the artist Meg Wroe.
The idea for a Diocesan Icon reflecting ethnic diversity came about after the Diocese held a Black History Month thanksgiving event in 2017, which focused on ‘Art, Culture & Representation’ in liturgy and church life, and the scarcity of artwork representing Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) people in liturgy, religious iconography and worship materials. Meg Roe’s St Luke’s icon was displayed at the event and appreciated by all who viewed it.
The Southwark Icon depicts three people to signify the history, story and legacy of BAME involvement and engagement in the life and ministry of the Diocese, and also mark the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of MV Windrush and the inception of the NHS in 2018. BAME contributions to the country at large due to presence and their involvement in the NHS are a significant part of our national story in recent decades.
The History of the Windrush is represented by Mr Bertram Dixon who came to the UK as part of the Windrush generation. The story of BAME people in the UK is represented by Shirley Coker who worked as an NHS nurse for many years. The Legacy of BAME people in the UK is represented by Oluyinka Ladipo a young adult living in the Diocese of Southwark. There is in the icon an image of a church and a boat to symbolise the journeys and travels of all Christians, right from the initial call to the disciples.
The Icon was unveiled and blessed at the Diocese of Southwark’s 2018 Black History Month Thanksgiving service on the 6th October 2018 at Southwark Cathedral, by Bishop Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich. The Cathedral then displayed the icon for the duration of Black History Month and it is now available to be used in parishes throughout the Diocese, the purpose for which it was commissioned.
(The Venerable Dr Rosemarie Mallett, Archdeacon of Croydon)
Meg Wroe graduated from Central St Martin’s University of the Arts London, in 2006, and did post-graduate studies at the Art Academy, London Bridge in 2016/17. She has exhibited in solo and group shows and delivered art workshops in Bethlehem, South Africa and Brazil, making her own work around these experiences. Meg also visits the Scottish Isle of Iona each year, “where the sea and sky meet blue on blue”.
She first painted a ‘Trinity – After Rublev’ after being moved by a talk on diversity in the church, and the lack of diverse images in all churches.
Her first painting was for her own home church in Holloway, but has also been shown in St Paul’s Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral. After the display in Southwark Cathedral, Meg was commissioned in 2018 to paint a ‘Trinity – After Windrush’ for the Southwark diocese.
The painting is on wood, carved to create texture, then painted in acrylic paint, mixed media and gold leaf.
(Taken from Megwroe.com and The Venerable Dr Rosemarie Mallett, Archdeacon of Croydon)