Jesus on the Tube gives new meaning to Religious Studies at Sompting Abbotts

Religious Studies were brought to life for Years 6, 7 and 8 thanks to the visit to the school by religious modern artist Antonia Rolls.

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1st March 2018 — Artist Antonia Rolls is famed for her Jesus on the Tube painting series. Her lovely detailed pictures combine the divine with the mundane.

They have been exhibited all over the world and used for all sorts of educational purposes, by the BBC, by Alpha International, by RE Today, by various and many churches and as part of the National Curriculum for Religious Studies for schools. They have also featured as part of the Brighton Festival.

The visit was organised by the school’s Head of Religious Studies Mrs Harrington.

“I have used Ms Rolls work in RS classes having first come across it in the Year 6 Religious Studies textbook,” she said.

“The images always engage the class and are an outstanding stimulus for discussion. Having attended a workshop by her, I was delighted that she was able to come to school, even more so when she said she would bring the original of Jesus on the Tube as well as other original works for the children to see.” 

The timing was perfect as the Year 8 Common Entrance group are working on RS coursework looking at how faith is expressed through art and architecture during which they have considered icons.

“They were then able to respond to some traditional icons brought by Ms Rolls and use their knowledge of tradition the better to appreciate her 'subverting' the form through her more modern approach,” said Mrs Harrington. “Though lighter in tone, they both invite a response and offer a challenge to reconsider previous presumptions.”

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Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School (Coed 2-13) is a day school in West Sussex.

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