October 16 marks the day in 1865 when the corner stone of the heritage-listed St James the Less Church in Mt Eliza was laid.
With its Gothic architecture and altarpiece paintings by Australian artist, Violet Teague, the church at St James the Less remains a distinctive landmark and home for the current community of Anglican Christians in Mt Eliza, who gather there every week.
Art has always been a feature of worship spaces in the parish and a source of inspiration for its people.
Along with Teague’s paintings, artworks including a spectacular stained-glass window by Leonard French and woodcarvings by sculptor Eva Schubert, form a wider collection on permanent display.
Continuing this tradition, the main church’s foyer has this year been opened up as a gallery space for contemporary art that explores Christian story, spirituality and experience.
Having already celebrated two major exhibitions, and next month hosting the works of artists and artisans within the parish as part of the 150th celebrations, Lamppost Gallery is on the way to becoming a vibrant, local space for artists and art-lovers alike. See http://mteliza.melbourneanglican.org.au for details or find us on Facebook.
By Rebekah Pryor