We recognise that for some people, the arts have a special part to play in spirituality. We have brought together resources (both below and in Linda Courage’s article) that seekers can access, including examples of art that has a spiritual context, poetry as meditation, links to organisations such as the Abbey of the Arts and Holy Rood House, and the Art and Spirituality Network.
We also welcome suggestions of relevant events around the country, and of plays, films, radio programmes and art installations that are uplifting. Please contact us here.
To sign up for this Special Interest Area, please subscribe to our newsletter – www.livingspirit.org.uk/newsletter. You will then be given an option to sign up to the SIA. You will then be given access to our Arts and Spirituality Facebook group when it is set up in 2017.
Art as disruptive and prophetic intervention – a blog post about two powerful art installations at St James’s Church, Piccadilly.
Poetry and Spirit
Reading and writing poetry can release things within us that are waiting to be expressed. We have a Poetry and Spirit section, which includes the work of poets who manage to capture life in a certain way. Some share themselves and their processes for readers to explore. The section is edited by Linda Courage.
Christine Valters Paintner
Art and Spirituality Day
19 September 2015. Selby, N. Yorks. The day was led by Linda Courage, coordinator of the LSC Art, Poetry & Spirituality Special Interest Area, exploring our heart’s affections and imagination using the arts.
Abbey of the Arts – www.abbeyofthearts.com. Transformative living through contemplative & expressive arts. To watch their Monk Manifesto Meditation (8 Principles for being a Monk in the World), go to www.abbeyofthearts.com/about/monk-manifesto/monk-manifesto-visual-meditation.
St Bede’s Pastoral Centre – www.stbedes.org.uk. This retreat and conference centre in York trusts in the process of making images and clay forms as part of personal and spiritual development, and spiritual direction.
Art and Spirituality Network – www.artandspirituality.net. The Network aims to provide a supportive and challenging space for people to find spiritual fellowship and nourishment through making art. It draws on a variety of faith and wisdom traditions and welcomes people of all faiths and none. It has been running one-day workshops and longer retreats for over ten years in a range of venues around Britain.
Holy Rood House – www.holyroodhouse.org.uk. This retreat and conference centre has good resources for making and exploring the meaning of art.
Journey of the Heart Poetry Project – www.womenspiritualpoetry.blogspot.com. The Project is an online community dedicated to inspiring and facilitating the free expression of women’s voices via poetry as a kind of spiritual practice, and publishes original poetry on a weekly basis. The project was founded by Catherine Gosh and has produced two books featuring the voices of hundreds of women from around the world. Journey of the Heart is always welcoming new participants. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WomensSpiritualPoetry.
Thanks to the following who have kindly allowed us to use images of their work/their photographs on the website: