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Visual Art Statement


“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.” Georgia O'Keeffe.


As a church we value the creativity of all people and try to provide opportunities for people to recognise their God-given gifts by expressing themselves creatively through a variety of media. Visual art is one of the ways in which people might choose to express themselves, or one of the ways in which they might explore or communicate their faith with and to others.

“What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.” John Updike.


It is hoped that the use of art in our church is not just aesthetically pleasing or just an expression of a personal experience (although these are great things) but is able to capture the experiences of the community; this invites everyone to be involved in the creative process including opportunities to create shared pieces of art.


“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Pablo Picasso.


One of the ways in which we use art is to worship God. It’s interesting to consider art as liturgy and a prime function of liturgical art is to bring us to the awareness of the presence of the holy, to make visible that which cannot be seen by ordinary eyes perhaps. It doesn’t seek to make God present but to bring God’s presence to our consciousness (James F. White, Introduction to Christian Worship).


“I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me.” William Blake.


To call something ‘liturgical’ is to indicate that it was conceived so that all worshippers take an active part in offering their worship together. Therefore, neither worship nor the use of liturgy is passive and the involvement of the congregation and wider community is really important. We hope that everyone can be encouraged to express themselves in this way, not just ‘talented’ artists.


“If I could say it (in) words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper.


Amongst other things, creating visual art can be therapeutic; expressive; an act of individual and corporate worship; a time of fellowship and intimacy; visually stimulating; an exploration of symbols, seasons, history and the Word of God. This church invites you to explore your creativity.


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