More than 100 artists from three Australian states have shared their creativity and talent through this year’s second annual LCANZ Churchwide Simultaneous Art Exhibition under the theme ‘Free Indeed’.

People who took part in the 2022 exhibition ranged from small children at Lutheran playgroups, school students and youth groups, to congregation members, school staff and parents and people in aged-care communities, with the eldest artist involved being 98, organiser Libby Krahling said.

Coordinated and facilitated by LCA Visual Arts, which is part of the Commission on Worship, the event this year featured seven exhibitions and workshops held across August. These were based in Rochedale in Queensland, Port Macquarie and Sydney in New South Wales, and Nuriootpa, Mount Torrens, North Adelaide and Aberfoyle Park in South Australia. The exhibition theme was based on John 8:36: ‘So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!’

While there were fewer exhibitions staged than for last year’s inaugural event, Libby said that ‘some participating schools and congregations used the event resources to run workshops and to minister to groups within their communities’.

‘Across all the exhibitions we saw a huge variety of media, including paintings, drawings, cartooning, lino-cuts and other print-making, photography, textile art, crochet and knitting, 3D installations and sculptures, woodwork, metal work and floral art’, she said. ‘LCA Visual Arts are planning to reveal the 2023 theme soon, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements.’

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