Prof. Christopher McCrudden delivers 2nd 2018 Campion Lecture

On the evening of Thursday, 22nd November 2018, the Hall was honoured and pleased to host Professor Christopher McCrudden for the term's second Campion Lecture. 

McCrudden is Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law at Queen's University Belfast. His stimulating talk was entitled 'Conscience, Rights and Law'. 

Pat Riordan, SJ, the Hall's Assistant Master, chairs a lively question-and-answer session after the talk

Archbishop Charles Scicluna delivers 2018 Campion Lecture

Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Archbishop of Malta and recently appointed adjunct secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, delivered the first Campion lecture of the 2018-2019 academic year entitled “Episcopal Ministry: Witness, Oversight and Stewardship in Communion.” For over a decade, Scicluna has been at the forefront of the Church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis.

Campion hosts Archbishop Charles Scicluna for 1st Campion Lecture

Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Archbishop of Malta and recently appointed adjunct secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, delivered the first Campion lecture of the 2018-2019 academic year entitled “Episcopal Ministry: Witness, Oversight and Stewardship in Communion.” For over a decade, Scicluna has been at the forefront of the Church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis.

The Sculptures of Hugo Powell

The sculptor Hugo Powell was born in Reading in 1924, and died in 2014.  A full collection of portfolios documenting his career are in the Henry Moore Institute Archive, and a variety of his work is held in major public collections.  Campion Hall holds three sculptures, ‘Memorial for a Chinese Acrobat’ (1977), in terracotta, ‘Phoenix’, in wood, and ‘The Source’, mixed media, which has come to the Hall only this week. They are the gift of the Powell family.

Elizabeth Frink: maquette for the Dorchester Martyrs

The work of Elizabeth Frink (1930-1993), sculptor and printmaker, is instantly recognizable. Its principal themes, in the words of her Timesobituary, are ‘the nature of Man; the ‘horseness’ of horses; and the divine in human form’. While she has suffered the fate of many artists in that her reputation has undergone an eclipse since her death, the major exhibition of her work which was held in Nottingham in 2016 suggests that she is in the process of being rediscovered, and the strength of her work will once more be recognised. 

David Jones at Campion Hall

A variety of themes informed Jones’ work both as poet and artist. They include the life of frontline soldiers in the Great War, which he had personally experienced, the archaeology and mythology of Britain, particularly legends associated with Wales and the Arthurian cycle, and the sacramental nature of art as exemplified by the Catholic Mass. All of these themes interact through his entire oeuvre, and are represented in a range of his work on paper at Campion Hall, mostly donated by Jones himself. Most of his gifts are engravings, though one is an original ink and pencil drawing.

Alexandre Yevgenievich Jacovleff and the 7 Chinese missionaries

The series of seven arresting and extremely accomplished crayon and sanguine portraits of Western and Chinese missionaries in the first floor corridor are the work of Alexandre Yevgenievich Jacovleff (1887-1938), a Russian painter, draughtsman, designer and etcher, who became something of a specialist in ethnographic portraiture. He was born in St Petersburg, and studied at the Imperial Academy of Art, where he was strongly associated with the Russian avant-garde movement which gave rise to Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

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