19th - 20th October 2018, The Palace, Chichester, Sussex

The Inaugural Conference of the Visual Theology Symposia in association with the Diocese of Chichester, and Art and Christianity

Keynote Speakers

Professor John Harvey, Aberystwyth University
Dr. Ayla Lepine, University of Essex

Position Paper

Right Reverend Dr. Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester
Maciej Urbanek, Artist
Jonathan Anderson, Associate Professor of Art, Biola University

Organisers

Dr. Sheona Beaumont, Bishop Otter Scholar
Madeleine Emerald Thiele, University of Aberystwyth

Visual Theology is a series of conferences, exhibitions, and related events that explores the relationship between the spiritual imagination and visual culture.  From our twenty-first century perspective, the interpretation of religion and the arts demands an engaged, conversational, and questioning approach.  Visual Theology rejects the thematic reduction or historical confinement of more traditional approaches to Christian theology and visual media, seeking to position both as discursively rather than determinatively constructed.  Sacred texts and images, and the perspectives of readers and viewers, are more hybrid now than they have ever been.  We celebrate the diversity of this culture, and encourage new forms of critical dialogue between church leaders, academic specialists, and professional artists.

Supported by

Art and Christianity

Art and Christianity

Formerly Art and Christianity Enquiry, London

University of Chichester

University of Chichester

The Chaplaincy, and the Otter Gallery Collection, Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester

King's College London

King's College London

Centre for Arts and the Sacred at Kings (ASK), London

Diocese of Chichester

Diocese of Chichester

The Bishop Otter Trust, The Palace, Chichester

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

School of Art, Aberystwyth, Wales

Header image featuring Maciej Urbanek, HS,  2014.
Background image: The Bishop's Palace, Chichester. © Sheona Beaumont, 2018

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