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  + A large freestanding Showcase of Unofficial Saints available to travel
+ The Lord's Prayer in 20+ different languages as a mobile gallery for local schools and churches to borrow!
+ Big Oscar made for the outside wall of a Friary!
+ Spirit of Romero Gallery made for a primary school hall!
+ Gallery of Good Examples made for a parish hall!
+ Gallery of Greeters & Inspirers and Rebus Station made for the outside of a town centre church!
+ World School Wall made as a lasting outdoor present for Malala's 18th birthday!

suggested as vibrant visual voices to educate, inspire, intrigue and amuse
in school & parish hall - and other fallow spaces

An Artful Showcase of Unofficial Saints
on a freestanding column packed with quotes, ideas and examples

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  The Paternoster Plaques Gallery for schools and parishes
 PaterNoster Gallery Nov2017

The unique Paternoster Gallery got its first public airing by Thanksgiving Field on 19 November 2017.
It's a colourful array of The Lord's Prayer in 20+ languages with detachable display plaques for any display setting.

The Gallery is specially made to be borrowed and put to use by schools, churches, families or anyone localish
in the East Berkshire area. With pictures and commentary to go with the words, it's intended as a cheery example of cultural diversity.

For more information, see its birthplace at or download this PDF Guide.
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  Other galleries - to set you thinking about
making one of your own!
Created by Hugh Gibbons of Bracknell in Berkshire UK
  ART ABOUNDS IN CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS. Many parishes buy in fine religious works in wood, stone or metal to grace their churches or halls.  Classrooms and corridors are full of colourful paper or cardboard murals made by pupils and teachers.

These Galleries show an alternative approach - one that's easy, worthwhile, engaging, specific and unique to you, and full of surprises and smiles.

These Galleries have a mix of big figures, chosen not by a committee but a whole community. If you like the idea, you'll need to find someone local with a bit of spare time and space and paints, an eye for opportunity, imagination, and sense of humour.  You also need to trust them to have your ethos in mind as you give them creative freedom.

If you'd like to know more, you'll find detailed pages on both Galleries using the links below.

Or get in touch with me at
Tel 01344 451847 which is Bracknell

With best wishes

Hugh Gibbons

PS You'd like me to paint a Gallery for you? Thanks, but No. Happy to advise, yes.  But it's a community project, down to you.


  • Tailored for the setting - and time
  • Permanent - on wood, painted in acrylic
  • Colourful - following the style of family artists in El Salvador
  • Fun and full of good humour - through the mix of figures and depiction
  • Home-grown - with the figures chosen by yourselves
  • Low cost - the cost is 60-100 for the materials
  • Educational - as each figure can have
  • Adaptable - messages can be changed
  • Interesting to the eye every or day or for visitors
  • Full of good humour - a snapshop of the nature of a school or parish
  • Newsworthy - a good story to share in the local or regional press
  • Guides can be as slideshow or printed form - or as websites like this
  • Generate more good news through correspondence with the figures
  • Can carry messages about social justice campaigns and issues
  In the beginning was Big Oscar
   Their origin of the Galleries lies in an original scaled-up variation on the well-known Romero Crosses. The one on the far right was painted to go outside St Francis of Assisi church in South Ascot - code-named Big Oscar (as it was to be a form of tribute to the spirit of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador - the world-loved "voice of the voiceless."

It's a bit like a stained-glass window lit from the inside, and is meant to be enjoyed by passing motorists, cyclist, pedestrians - as well as the pupils and parents at the primary school next door.

The Cross is made in three parts with wood from Wickes, and involved some serious carpentry with  doweling to get the flat surface 2400mm high. There's quite a lot of engineering round the back, as well as a wooden frame and many coats of varnish.

This Cross introduced some fun, being enjoyed here by parishioner Sarah (who had visited El Salvador with her parish in Ohio USA) and daughter Anja. St Francis is holding up a dove and a globe. Oscar Romero is peeking round, in his trademark glasses and eyebrows.  And a small crowd of parishioners give a wave. Why is the bird upside down?  You tell me.

Using this as the springboard, the next move was to accept the invitation to create something inside and in the horizontal - the Gallery in the hall at  St Margaret Clitherow Primary School in Bracknell.

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Parishioner Sarah Nikkel was surprised to see Big Oscar - she'd visited San Salvador with her parish in Ohio. Daughter Anja has promised to come back in 2063 and share her experience!

NB The Cross is no longer on public view.  In 2014 the parish gave it to St Francis of Assisi Primary School, where it's tucked away out of sight in he grounds - which are accessible only through the security gates. So any potential viewers should contact Reception there.


  The Spirit of Romero Gallery at St Margaret Clitherow Primary School
  in Bracknell was painted in Spring 2013 to replace a simple wire crucifix on the 400cm beam above the big screen in the busy hall.

The 7 big figures were specified by the 200+ children, Year by Year.

They chose Malala Yousafzai, The Queen, Sir Isaac Newton, The Virgin Mary, David Beckham, The Good Samaritan, and Florence Nightingale. The staff chose a governor. Oscar Romero carries a postcard with the message Aspire Not To Have More But To Be More. In the centre is a wooden Romero Memorial Cross painted by Lazaro Rodriguez in La Palma, El Salvador.

The staff have a slideshow and a folder with details of each of the figures as part of the RE and citizenship studies resource.

Acclamation for the Gallery came from people and places associated with the figures - including Buckingham Palace, the Vatican, the United Nations, the Royal Society, CAFOD, the Embassy of El Salvador, and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing.

The Gallery attachment points for bunting or banners - as seen in the photo on the right at a retirement party the day after it was put up. Teaching assistant Maureen was painted in as a late present!

for a full guide to this gallery.

This website includes a useful slideshow of the story in PDF and PowerPoint formats for schools and others to use.  Both have not only the detailed commentary on the figures, but information on Speak Out for Fairtrade, Stand Up & Sing Out Against Poverty, and Acclaim Campaigners on Romero Day (with a list of other United Nations Observance Days).

St Francis, the IF Campaign, HM The Queen, Fred the springer spaniel facing down corgis, The Good Samaritan and Sam the paramedic donkey

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  The Gallery of Good Examples for St Joseph's Church Hall
  in central Bracknell was painted as a companion piece to the one in the primary school. The hall has plain walls, and the Gallery is positioned at slightly above eye-level.

It is 2400mm wide x 300mm deep, with a wooden frame, guide to the figures on either side, and detachable cork noticeboards underneath.

Eight of the big figures were specified by the 26 candidates for Confirmation in 2014 - all of whom also appear as small figures on the Gallery.

The big figures they chose as "Good Examples" were Nelson Mandela, Brian O'Driscoll, Martin Luther King, Demi Lavato, Fr Adrian Walker, Fr Danny McEvoy, Rosa Parks, St Josephine Bahkita, Mary Berry and Gordon Ramsay.

St Joseph, St Margaret Clitherow and Archbishop Oscar Romero also appear as big figures, together with with some smaller figures.

This Gallery features several of the figures carrying placards as on a rally, and small wooden artistic items from El Salvador.

for a full guide to this gallery.

Rosa Parks, St Josephine Bahkita, Nelson Mandela and Brian O'Driscoll
(plus some of the Confirmation candidates)

Nice write-up by David Jones in The Catholic Universe Last Word series
on 26th September 2014.  Click here for the article.

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  The Bracknell Community Gallery of Greeters & Inspirers
World School Wall and Rebus Station
  IN MARCH 2015 the next step was to create a unique outdoor gallery at right across the front of St Joseph's Church, overlooking the now Braccan Walk.  This was in place until September 2016, when plans were announced for big changes to the space. Most of the paintings were returned to the amateur artists who made them, and the rest recyled.

The Gallery was created in a unique way. A general invitation was made for anyone to choose someone who they felt was inspiring for whatever reason. These "Citizen" artists painted the figures, though many had never before picked up a paintbrush.  These good sports of all sorts generated a remarkable array that was on display 24/7, weatherproofed against the rain and wind.

The Gallery received much praise from passers-by for adding a touch of colour and character to this part of Bracknell town centre.

In addition to the three dozen pictures on the first wave, the area below the Gallery became a World School Wall - to mark the 18th birthday of the remarkable student Malala Yousafzai. It was also also dedicated to all the world's brave and inspiring voices for social justice. The signpost boards are now on trees in the outdoor religious area at St Margaret Clitherow Primary School.

The figures on the Gallery were:

Oscar Romero & Pope Francis
Sally Gunnell
Giles Duley, US Army Medevac Team, Lucy Anning
Maria Montessori & Nelson Mandela
Tim Burton
Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai
Nelson Mandela
Ron McAllister
Ann Maguire
Medecins Sans Frontieres
Daniel Barenboim
A Fox
Swiss Army Inspirer
Bracknell Life House Team
Bracknell Food Bank
Fr Danny McEvoy
Field Marshal "Monty"
God's Family
Richard Tauber
Fairtrade & Friends
Jesus Christ
Henri Dunant
Vincent Van Gogh
Craig Strugnell
Harry Potter
Emma Watson
Mother Teresa
Dan Mohler
Franz Liszt
Joy Lofthouse & Margot 'Chile' Duhalde
David Hogan

for a full guide to this gallery

Romero and Pope
First portraits to be put in place.
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  And these were good stories to share...
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