Archive for April, 2011

Art treasure found in skip

St Aidan’s Church in Harehills, Leeds, home of the famous Brangwyn mosaic, has added another art treasure to its collection – and this one was found in a skip in York. A ceramic plaque of the Last Supper by the Austrian artist Josef Heu was presented to the church by its finder Mike Pipes of Acomb in York. St Aidan’s already holds two works by Heu – a large statue in wood of Mary presenting the Christ Child to the world, known as The Redeemer, and a set of 14 Stations of the Cross.

Mr Pipes had noticed a reference to Josef Heu on the St Aidan’s web site and got in touch with the Vicar, Revd Canon Alan Taylor. The plaque was handed over on Wednesday of this week and during the Maundy Thursday service Canon Taylor rededicated the plaque to the greater glory of God and blessed it. A decision will now be taken where to position it.
The plaque shows the traditional view of The Last Supper with Christ at table surrounded by his disciples. It is carved in plaster and coloured in pastel shades and is approximately 45cm by 30cm. It is signed by Josef Heu with the note: Ampleforth 1941.
Canon Taylor said: ‘We are delighted to receive this beautiful work of art into our collection, it will take its place along with Heu’s other works, the Brangwyn mosaic, the Bacon windows and church furniture by Robert (Mouseman) Thompson and our own parishioner John Drake. Our sincere thanks go out to Mr Pipes.’

A picture of Canon Taylor with the plaque is attached along with notes on the life of Josef Heu. Further information can be obtained from Revd Canon Alan Taylor 0113 2486992, or Barrie Pepper on 0113 2658595,

Good Friday 22nd April, 2011

Heu Last Supper


Josef Heu born 21/2/1876 Marburg an der Drau (Slovenia but then part of Austro- Hungarian empire) Died 30/10/1952 Ampleforth.
Painter, Sculptor, Teacher, Professor at Vienna University of Applied Arts up to 1938
1930/34 President Austrian Society of Christian Art.
Married to the daughter of the General Director of the Vienna Opera House with whom he had two sons. His wife (who was Jewish) and sons travelled to England 1938, He followed in 1939 and they were given a home by the monks at Ampleforth and later lived at nearby Coxwold.
Works at St Aidan’s are the Redeemer statue carved in a single piece of wood given to him by Robert (Mousey) Thompson and the Stations of the Cross.

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Music for Holy Week

St. Aidan’s is unique in that a Sung Mass takes place everyday in Holy Week.  Masses begin at 7:00pm.   

Click here to view a music list for Holy Week. 

On Wednesday 20th April, the Sung Mass will include the combined forces of Ecclesia and St. Aidan’s Church Choir followed by a Concert at 8:15pm by Ecclesia, including Fauré’s Requiem and Allegri’s Miserere mei, Deus.

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