Welcome!

Are you a Christian interested in the arts?

    Would you like to meet others who enjoy talking about exhibitions, books or     films?                  

    Have you ever wondered how to define 'Christian art' or a 'Christian artist'?

    If you do creative work, would you appreciate a small, supportive audience      to encourage and challenge you?


Based at Grace Church, Cambridge (a church plant of  Eden Baptist Church, where the group was initially based), we are a group of Christians who love the arts and have created a community to think and work through what it means to serve God and others with all our lives - including creativity.

We are not all professional artists - what we have in common is a love of human (and divine!) creative expression in its many varied forms.

We want to develop a Christian mind on the arts, but believe passionately that this does not mean a restrictive list of don'ts, or a prescriptive kind of art.  Jesus makes us fully human, so in the process, creativity can flourish in the way it's meant to!


Upcoming Group Events

  • Sunday 5th May - arts group lunch
    Meeting at Anne's house from 12pm (lunch from 12.30) and discussing chapter 5 of Modern Art and the Death of a Culture.
    Posted Apr 16, 2013, 1:42 PM by Anne Waller
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Arts News

  • Lou Fellingham at Histon Baptist Church, 9th November
    Last night Lou Fellingham and her band performed in Histon.  I'd like to share this song which particularly stood out and encouraged me - I hope you will enjoy it too.  The clarity of Charles Wesley's lyrics cuts right to the bones of the message of mercy, and Lou's heartfelt vocal style moves the listener to deep gratitude.

    YouTube Video



    Posted Nov 10, 2012, 11:38 PM by Anne Waller
  • 'Celebrating Creativity' talks at the Round Church

    'CELEBRATING CREATIVITY: MAKING SENSE OF ART' 

    STUART CURRIE


    Each event takes place on a Thursday, 5.45 - 7.00pm, at the Round Church, Bridge Street, Cambridge. Doors open at 5.15pm for light refreshments with the talk starting at 5.45 sharp. After the talk (approximately 45 minutes in length) there will be time for questions and discussion.


    THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15TH - OPENING OUR EYES TO ART

    An introduction to the study of art, touching upon paintings from the earliest times through to the present day, as we seek to understand how artists across the centuries have used their creative gifts to visually record their responses to the world we live in.

    THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22ND - IMPRESSIONISM TO EXPRESSIONISM

    A more specific look into painting styles from the time of French Impressionism through to those of the early decades of the 20th century. The aim is to investigate how the idea of Modern Art came into being and developed, and to understand how artistic perceptions and means of expression changed accordingly.

    THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29TH - MODERNISM TO POSTMODERNISM

    An investigation into some of the ways in which visual art evolved during the 20th Century with its various ‘isms’ and into the early 21st century, as the concept of Post-Modernism emerged and the directions taken by artists became almost bewilderingly numerous.



    Stuart  Cranleigh Bournemouth Stuart Currie studied Fine Art at Kingston University and History of Art at Birkbeck College, London University. He has lectured for the education departments of the National Gallery and the Tate Galleries in London, and for the History of Art departments of the Universities of Kingston, London and Reading. He has also taught design and film at Brunel University in Uxbridge. Stuart began giving evangelistic arts presentations and gallery tours in 1999. These have taken him  to France, Spain, Germany, Poland and Bulgaria. Since 2006 he has been working as an evangelist through the Arts with the London City Mission.
    Posted Sep 30, 2012, 10:22 AM by Anne Waller
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Bookshelf

  • It can be hard to find books on Christianity and the arts.  If you come across something good, please share it here!
  • Adrienne's recommended books on the arts
    At the recent arts group lunch, Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin brought along some books on faith and art which had particularly influenced her.  

    Art in Action by Nicholas Wolterstorff

    Rainbows for the Fallen World by Calvin Seerveld

           -- These two books inspired Adrienne to write Art and Soul in collaboration with Hilary Brand.  They strengthened her confidence that art is an important activity for a Christian to be involved in, and that God cares about art.  She particularly recommended the book by Calvin Seerveld, saying that it was dense but rewarding.

    Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts by Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin and Hilary Brand

            -- This is the book in which Adrienne explores the issues faced by Christians involved in the arts, incorporating lessons learned from the authors just mentioned.

    For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts by W. David O. Taylor (ed.)

            -- Adrienne said that this book was inspiring and easy to read.

    On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art by James Elkins

            -- This book explores the treatment of religious themes by contemporary artists who are not professing Christians.

    Beholding the Glory: Incarnation through the Arts by Jeremy Begbie (ed.)

            -- A compilation of essays on faith and the arts

    Arts, Theology and the Church by Kimberly Vrudny and Wilson Yates (eds.)

    Visual Faith: Art, Theology and Worship in Dialogue by William A. Dyrness

    It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God by Ned Bustard (ed.)
    Posted Jun 3, 2012, 12:13 PM by Anne Waller
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