28th July 2016
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition started on 10th June and runs through to 21st August. It is famous for being the world’s largest open submission art show and it takes place in the Royal Academy's magnificent building in Piccadilly. As ever the exhibition will present an eclectic mix of oil paintings, watercolours, prints, sculptures, architectural models and drawings. Works by emerging artists are exhibited alongside household names.
Every summer my wife and I go to the exhibition with a couple of old friends. We always purchase an exhibition catalogue and play a game of 'Guess the Price'. The rules are simple: we pick a painting and each hazard a guess at the sale price. The person who gets closest wins a point. The player with the most points at the end wins the game. Simple! Actually it’s not that simple because we are frequently thousands of pounds out in our predictions. So what gives a painting its value? It’s partly the scale of the artwork (the bigger the canvas the more paint you have to use!) but normally it has a lot to do with who painted it. If they are an established artist with the letters RA (Royal Academician) after their name, the price goes sky-high.
Some years ago, a desk and chair belonging to Charles Dickens sold at auction for £433,250 and the money was generously donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital. It is thought they were used by the author at his home in Gads Hill Place, Kent when he wrote Great Expectations. The mahogany desk bears a bronze plaque which carries the name of its famous owner.
The theologian William Barclay wrote: ‘A very ordinary thing acquires a new value, if it has been possessed by some famous person. In any museum we will find quite ordinary things – clothes, a walking stick, a pen, books, pieces of furniture – which are only of value because they were once possessed and used by some great person. It is the ownership which gives them worth. It is so with the Christian. The Christian may be a very ordinary person, but he acquires a new value and dignity and greatness because he belongs to God. The greatness of the Christian lies in the fact that he is God’s.’
Galatians 4:7 states: ‘So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.’
You are worth more than you think!
Malcolm Kyte is an elder of the church and leads the Downham site. He is responsible for the Pastoral Care Team and Safeguarding at King's. Malcolm is married to Cathy and they have three grown up children.
Steve Tibbert will be back in September.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.