A UNIQUE collection of some of Britain’s most important modern religious art is on show in two churches in Winsford.

The exhibition entitled Salt and Light features biblical themes and narrative and has toured the UK and abroad since its inception more than 50 years ago.

The Methodist Modern Art Collection will be on display at St Andrew's and Trinity Methodist Churches until September 30.

More than 50 works, including some by well-known artists such as Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink, William Roberts, Patrick Heron and most recently Maggi Hambling are on show.

Most of the pictures depict scenes from the life and teaching of Christ including Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem by Norman Adams and The Washing of the Feet by Ghislaine Howard.

Some artists were or are Christians while others do not share the same faith.

Mid Cheshire Methodist minister Rev James Patron Bell said: “It has taken a lot of work to sort this exhibition and bring it to Winsford.

"It is an opportunity to share with the local and wider Cheshire community, a chance for some extra flavour and light in this area.

"The exhibits offer a modern (early 20th century to present day) interpretation of some of the most influential bible stories, affording new perspectives and insight.

"We will be opening the exhibition up to schools, artists and local groups from other churches and art groups.”

Local artist Derek Johnson added: “Many will be surprised that the British Methodist Church owns an art collection.

"This collection is inspirational and it is a real privilege to have it here in Winsford.

"We think this is the first time that a collection of national significance has been exhibited in mid Cheshire.”

The management of the collection is looked after by a body of trustees. Their primary aim is to enable people to connect their faith to art but also to encourage people outside the church to consider the Christian message presented through the medium of art.

Admission is free and the exhibition opens from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

For further details visit Facebook.com/saltandlightwinsford.