The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History (OCMCH)

Promoting historic links between Oxford Brookes University and the Methodist Church through archives, artworks, publications and research.

James Smetham Bicentenary, 2021

Smetham, James, 1821-1889; Self Portrait

James Smetham (1821-1889)

Artist, Poet, Teacher

(pre-Raphaelite circle)

2021 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of James Smetham. To commemorate this the OCMCH will launch a 3-5 year programme will centre on three themes which were critical to Smetham’s life; art, religion, and mental well-being.

The programme aims to include

 –  A survey of Smetham’s known surviving work

–  A travelling exhibition of his paintings, etchings and ‘squarings’, aimed particularly at churches and schools

–  Accompanying educational programme linking the three core themes

–  Therapeutic workshop use or displays for the promotion of mental well-being

–  Online resources including a catalogue and study programme

More introductory information is available here


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