Arts Day Review

Diana talks about her experience at the recent Arts Day and how we can express mercy through our artistic talents.

Young people at the Arts Day in Wapping
Young people at the Arts Day in Wapping

On the Saturday 6 February, myself and three other young parishioners from Palmers Green attended the Arts Day with other Catholics. It was an enjoyable day filled with discussions about mercy, and moments of laughter and prayer.

We began with a warm-up activity that involved squiggling; we closed our eyes and used pencils and crayons to draw lines on paper. We then looked closely at the lines to discover and develop pictures of people or objects. The aim wasn’t perfection, but pure expression — the expression of thoughts and emotions — which is an important aspect of art.

After warming up we talked about mercy and colours we associate with mercy. One person chose green as it signified nature and the gift of life; most chose yellow ochre because it signified warmth and peace. It was interesting to see how everyone construed mercy.

Expressions of mercy
Expressions of the Holy Door of Mercy

We discussed the Holy Door of Mercy and drew our own doors of mercy. One person drew a human heart as their door; having an open heart towards others, showing compassion and sharing precious moments of mercy.

One thing I took away from the Arts Day, is that our faith can be integrated into our creative lives, and art is a God-given means through which we can communicate with one another, and also console one another.

We must continuously use our creative talents to ensure that peace and love remain in our hearts and the world.