Art and Christianity organises lectures, conferences, workshops and day trips. These take place throughout the UK often in partnership with a wide variety of groups and individuals.
A World to Come – Artist Q&A
All Saints and St Andrew’s Church, Kingston, Cambridge CB23 2NG
17 August at 2pm
In connection with Wysing Arts Centre’s Open Studios Day, Project Curator Laura Purseglove will lead a Q&A session with the artist Bettina Furnée. No booking required, just turn up.
Bettina Furnée’s newly commissioned installation imagines the Wheel of the Seven Acts of Corporal Mercy, one of a number of scenes of judgement and moral conflict depicted in the church’s medieval wall paintings, being ‘turned again’ for a contemporary audience. Presenting a cast of seven symbolic creatures sewn into robes inspired by church vestments, the work playfully considers morality beyond good and evil, and the capacity of art to hold together contradictory positions.
Visual Communion: a series of symposia and events on the art, architecture and craft of the Eucharist
This innovative series of symposia explores how the visual arts have shaped and are shaped by the Eucharist. The events draw upon both local and international ecclesiastical art, architecture, and design. Each thematic symposium will take place in a different regional centre, culminating in a conference in London on 29 November 2019. The groundbreaking Visual Communion series will demonstrate how the visual arts have enhanced and extended Eucharistic faith and practice in diverse contexts, illuminating connections between the arts and the glory of God afresh.
Visit our Visual Communion page for more details and to book tickets.
What can we offer you?
Art and Christianity offers three main types of educational events:
Lectures and study days: Often organised within a diocese these study days offer an introduction to the visual arts in churches, ways of seeing theologically and practical approaches to working with artists. Other more specific subjects are covered in lectures at our office space in Farringdon.
Regional meetings: These build on the membership of A+C within a particular geographical area but are open to anyone. They offer insights from artists, curators and clergy with experience of the visual arts within churches and are an opportunity to share best practice and networks.
Residential courses: Art and Christianity is able to offer lecturers and curricula for residential courses within theological training colleges, study centres and universities. We have experience in teaching short modules at Sarum College and Ripon College Cuddesdon. Generic programmes for study are available on request.
Please contact us to discuss your needs.
A reading list of books and journals in the field of art and religion can be downloaded here.
Stitches in Time: Beryl Dean and the development of ecclesiastical embroidery
Saturday 30 March 2019
Beryl Dean was the pre-eminent ecclesiastical embroiderer of the 20th Century, and this study day, hosted in partnership with the C20 Society and the Textile Society, explored the significance of her ecclesiastical work as well as her contribution to the development of contemporary textile art.
Papers given at this event are to be published on the Beryl Dean Educational Trust website in due course.
Pastiche Mass by Mark Dean
As part of the Visual Communion programme we were delighted to co-host Pastiche Mass, a liturgical artwork composed and led by artist and ordained minister Mark Dean.
Dean has replaced the choral parts of the traditional mass setting with video and sound, incorporating a mixture of original and appropriated film and music. The work was premiered on 21 March 2019 in the context of a Eucharist in the Banqueting Hall at Chelsea College of Arts, where Dean is licensed to minister the sacraments as chaplain.
In glass thy story: a two-day symposium addressing over 70 years of innovation and iconography in the glass art of British and European churches and cathedrals
This two-day symposium took place at Robinson College, Cambridge and explored the shifts in methods, style, and iconography found in glass art for churches and cathedrals over the last 70 years.
8 & 9 September 2017. View the full programme
Papers from the symposium available in printed format:
Jonathan Koestlé-Cate From Noirlac to Conques: stained glass as minimalist intervention
Diana Coulter Keith New: Using colour and form to advertise God
Becky Clark In glass thy story, an introductory lecture
Video recordings of some of the papers given at the symposium are free to view on YouTube
Previous international conferences
1991 London, UK
1993 Dresden, Germany
1995 Berkeley, USA
1997 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1999 Oxford and London, UK
2001 Minneapolis, USA
2003 St Petersburg, Russia
2005 New York, USA
2007 Cambridge, UK
2009 Strasbourg, France
2012 Boston, USA
2014 London, UK
2016 Dublin, Ireland