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Art and Sacred Places

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· Commissions exciting and innovative work from contemporary artists for sacred places
· Stimulates creative dialogue through encounters with art and the sacred
· Widens vision through education and participation


Art and the Church: A Fractious Embrace, written by ASP Trustee, Jonathan Koestlé-Cate


Art and Sacred Places would like to announce the publication in May 2016 of Art and the Church: A Fractious Embrace, written by ASP Trustee, Jonathan Koestlé-Cate

Art and the Church: A Fractious Embrace notes that a vibrant critical exchange between contemporary art and Christianity is being increasingly prompted by an expanding programme of art installations and commissions for ecclesiastical spaces. Rather than 'religious art' reflecting Christian ideology, current practices frequently initiate projects that question the values and traditions of the host space, or present objects and events that challenge its visual conventions.

In the light of these developments, this book asks what conditions are favourable to enhancing and expanding the possibilities of church-based art, and how can these conditions be addressed? What viable language or strategies can be formulated to understand and analyse art's role within the church?

Focusing on concepts drawn from anthropology, comparative religion, art theory, theology and philosophy, Art and the Church: A Fractious Embrace formulates a lexicon of terms built around the notion of encounter in order to review the effective uses and experience of contemporary art in churches.

The author concludes with the prognosis that art for the church has reached a critical and decisive phase in its history, testing the assumption that contemporary art should be a taken-for-granted element of modern church life.

Art and the Church: A Fractious Embrace uniquely combines conceptual analysis, critical case studies and practical application in a rigorous and inventive manner, dealing specifically with contemporary art of the past twenty-five years, and the most recent developments in the church's policies for the arts.

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© 2016 – Routledge - Art and the Church: A Fractious Embrace





A pilgrimage for art lovers

10 February (Ash Wednesday) - 28 March (Easter Monday)




New Stations for a ‘New Jerusalem’

This unique exhibition—held in 14 stations across London—uses works of art to tell the story of the Passion in a new way, for people of different faiths. In this pilgrimage for art lovers, viewers will travel across London, mapping the geography of the Holy Land onto the streets of a ‘new Jerusalem.’

The Stations will weave through religious as well as secular spaces, from cathedrals to museums. The art on display will run the gamut from Old Master paintings to contemporary video installations. Artists will include Christians, Jews, Muslims, and atheists. Instead of easy answers, the Stations aim to provoke the passions: artistically, spiritually, and politically.

See the exhibition website for the latest news and information on all the artworks and their locations:

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