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Historian to give lecture in South Creake church

Is museum-going the new church-going? Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, is set to deliver the second of the 2016 South Creake Lectures on Friday October 7 in St Mary’s church in South Creake.

Charles Saumarez Smith 320CFMr Saumarez Smith, right,  a leading cultural historian and commentator, has titled his lecture ‘The Sacred and the Secular in Modern Art’. In this lecture he will explore the contrast between the decline in church-going and religious belief in the post-war period and the rise in the number of visits to museums and art galleries. Is museum-going the new church-going?

Father Clive Wylie of St Mary’s said: “This is a fascinating question that Charles Saumarez Smith will be exploring. The South Creake Lectures aim to provide food for the mind and soul. In our first lecture earlier this month Victor Stock, former Dean of Guildford Cathedral, got the audience thinking with his brilliantly delivered but blunt message about the dangers of prejudice, lack of imagination, and over-literalism in Christian belief. We’re not afraid to hear challenging and uncomfortable messages and learn from our speakers’ insights. Entry is free and un-ticketed – this is the church giving to the community, not fund raising”.
Charles Saumarez Smith has been Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts since 2007. He is also a visiting Professor of Cultural History at Queen Mary, University of London, an Honorary Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge and a Trustee of the Royal Drawing School. He was previously Director of the National Gallery and before that Director of the National Portrait Gallery.
The lecture will start at 7.00 pm.  Entry is free and no booking is needed.
St Mary’s is in Church Lane, South Creake, Fakenham NR21 9LX.
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