Art in St Philip's church building

West window

The Stained Glass Window

The Window of Creation at the entrance of the church is by Georgina Whiley, a graduate student from the Canberra School of Art. The image represents the earth, with human figures symbolising the elements of fire, water, air and love in a dance of creation. Its symbolic use with the four elements echoes the theme of the banners in the space above the church nave. The figures depicted are from Aboriginal, Asian and European ethnic groups which represent our multicultural society. Each figure contributes a gift of love to the earth. The aboriginal woman brings her gift of the rainbow.

Georgina Whiley was assisted in this project by the Rev David Oliphant and Pthalo Price. The window is dedicated to Dr Rebecca Palmer who died in 1996. She was a well known and loved Canberra veterinary doctor and the wife of David Oliphant.

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The Banners in the Church: Elements of the Spirit


The banners were designed and created by Marlene Greenwood who was assisted by Leonie Kelly. The banners were conceived as a series of five silk painted panels designed to enhance the architectural setting of the church. They represent the four elements of fire, water, earth and air. A fifth panel represented love in the form of the Holy Spirit. Colour and rhythm are used as elements of the design to create a flow from one section to the next.
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The panels were completed in April 1998 by a Parish sewing group and dedicated to the memory of Dr Rebecca Palmer on 10 May 1998.

Exposure to sunlight meant that one of the banners had to be retired in 2010. It was kept in the Sanctuary for a while.

The Church Kneelers

The church's beautiful kneelers have Biblical motifs. They were made by a working bee of over 90 parishioners during the incumbency of Bishop Arthur in the 1970s. The motifs on some of the kneelers were taken from set patterns but parishioners also provided designs.


See more of the kneelers here.

Silk paintings

To prepare for the painting of the silk banners, the artist, Marlene Greenwood made smaller silk paintings. They now adorn the wall of the church

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The San Damiano cross

San Damiano cross

The crucifix above the pulpit at St Philips is a Italian-made reproduction of the San Damiano cross, a cross-shaped icon of the crucifixion of Jesus, from the Chapel of San Damiano in Assisi. Learn more about it here.

Memorial book

The memorial book records the deaths of people of the Parish.

Memorial book