The Honan Chapel - Gallery Collection

Image TitleHonan Chapel: detail of the sanctuary dossal
DescriptionThe tapestries by Evelyn Ross in the sanctuary were completed in 2001 shortly before Rev. Fr. Gearóid Ó Suilleabháin’s death. As a college chaplain, and Dean of the Honan Chapel, Rev. Fr. Ó Suilleabháin played a central role, with the governors, in commissioning new liturgical art for the refurbished space. Evelyn Ross explains the design of the dossal as follows: "On first seeing the Chapel, I was struck by the beauty of the carved stone arches behind the Altar, and the way that they are so closely integrated with the design of the Altar and the Tabernacle. I felt I did not want to cover up the arches, but to work with them. This design reflects that sensitivity. The colours in the left-hand panels and the right-hand panels are deliberately chosen to arouse our thoughts and feelings about the created world and nature, and our inner world of spirit and emotions. The strength of the colours in the design is intended to match the intensity of the colours in the stained glass windows, though not necessarily repeating the colours themselves. The abstract nature of the design allows the imagination of the viewer to come into play and to carry them beyond their present reality. Being non-representational, it is not static, and can have different meanings for different people – or for the same person at different times. The strong diagonal directions in the design are intended to convey the dynamism of the Spirit, cutting across our bounded orthogonality."
ContributorEvelyn Ross, London
Contribution Year2000
PhotographerJames Cronin
CopyrightJames Cronin with permission to be used by the Honan Trust
Date of Photograph2006