Fruits of the Spirit: Art from the Heart

Fruits of the Spirit: Art from the Heart

15 November 2022

The Box is part of a new virtual exhibition and in-person collection trail exploring sacred art and its relation to today’s world. Devised by the National Gallery and museums throughout the UK, 'Fruits of the Spirit: Art from the Heart' will go live on 5 December.

The project pairs nine pictures from the National Gallery’s collection with nine works of art from partner institutions. The exhibition is inspired by Saint Paul’s description of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, and how they can be used to build and maintain community. The nine partner institutions are:

  • The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
  • The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
  • Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury
  • The McManus, Dundee
  • Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
  • Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, London
  • The Foundling Museum, London
  • The Box, Plymouth
  • Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton

'Fruits of the Spirit' includes iconic works in the National Gallery collections by Vincent van Gogh, Frank Auerbach, Turner, Titian and Thomas Gainsborough. By placing them in conversation with works by contemporary artists and creating pairings that combine religious and secular scenes, the project aims to open up conversations and encourage new ways of seeing.

The virtual exhibition will be accompanied by a free digital catalogue of essays and a series of in-person and online events held at the National Gallery and at partner locations across the country.

Check back on 5 December to find out which work Devon Lane, Westlake, 1968 by Ben Hartley from The Box's fine art collections has been paired with!

Fruits of the Spirit: Art from the Heart is supported by Howard and Roberta Ahmanson. Digital activity at the National Gallery is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies Digital Accelerator.