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.
Visual Theology was founded in 2018 by Dr. Sheona Beaumont and Madeleine Emerald Thiele.
About Dr. Sheona Beaumont
Sheona is an artist and writer working with photography. She was Bishop Otter Scholar (2017-2020) with the Diocese of Chichester and King’s College London, curating and writing about the relationship between art and theology. Her doctorate on the the Bible in photography was completed at the International Centre for Biblical Interpretation, University of Gloucestershire. She has written for the Visual Commentary on Scripture, History of Photography, Religion and the Arts, and Art+Christianity, and her artist books include Eye See Trinity (2016, as Artist in Residence at Trinity College Bristol) and Bristol Through the Lens (2011).
About Madeleine Emerald Thiele
Madeleine is an art historian whose research examines Tractarian aesthetics and the angelic form within British art c.1840s–1900s. Madeleine has presented papers internationally, taught at the University of Bristol, writes reviews for the Victorian Web, and teaches at Marlborough College Summer School. She was also the Visual Arts Editor for the journal Harts & Minds throughout its lifespan.
Banner image: Mark Dean, Station VI: The Veil of Veronica (offset Halo), 2012; video and sound projection on the Henry Moore altar, St. Stephen Walbrook, 15th April 2017. Featured in Chapter 10 of Transforming Christian Thought in the Visual Arts © Mark Dean