Join us at the Arc after Dark, inspired by our exhibition, Sin. The ticket includes entry to the exhibition and a curator talk by Joost Joustra.

About Sin – at The Arc, Winchester from 24 February to 14 May 2023:

Sin has permeated life since the earliest days, but until now the story of its relation to art has never been told. Bringing together works of art that span centuries, this exhibition explores the concept of sin in art in a truly unique presentation.

Defined universally as a regrettable fault, offence or omission, sin is something everyone can relate to. In Christianity, it is considered a transgression against divine law and many of the world’s major religions have similar concepts.

This exhibition looks at theological ideas and depictions of ‘sinful’ everyday behaviour that blur the boundaries between religious and secular art. A concept that is universal, but at the same time highly personal, the exhibition asks you to define your own meaning of ‘sin’.

The exhibition includes eight exceptional paintings from the National Gallery’s collection, as well as works on loan by Tracey Emin and Ron Mueck.

About Joost Joustra:

Joost Joustra is The Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Research Curator at the National Gallery and a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s College London.

In 2020, he curated the exhibition Sin at the National Gallery and authored the accompanying book, Sin: The Art of Transgression, exploring how sin has been depicted in art for centuries. At King’s, he teaches on the Christianity & the Arts MA.

Previously, Joost was the Sackler Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where he also wrote his doctoral thesis, titled Pictorial Space and Sacred Subject Matter in Florentine Painting, 1425-1466.


Event: Friday 31 March 2023, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Tickets: £18 / £14.50 concession

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