The Church has played a vital role in supporting the arts throughout its history, and churches remain among the finest and most accessible venues for people to engage with both the history of art and with contemporary art. The visual arts can serve as tools for mission and education, support the local community and be attractions in their own right. But if visual arts haven’t been part of your church’s life, where do you start? How can you expand your church’s visual arts offerings? How do you attract artists and exhibitors, and how do you know if what you’re being offered is any good?
This event, part of the Diocese of London’s Open Presence series and produced in cooperation with Art and Christianity Enquiry, seeks to address these questions through a series of talks and a surgery to answer any specific concerns delegates might have; the event will aim to demonstrate how engaging with the visual arts can help your church fulfil its mission and open its doors to the wider community.
The event will begin with a sandwich lunch.