Art & Spirituality Interfaith Forum, meeting monthly in Ipswich
Why not come along and join our monthly Ipswich-based Interfaith "Art & Spirituality" discussion forum: a friendly, informal, inclusive group that exists to share ideas about the expression of spirituality through visual art and poetry.
Our next Art & Spirituality group discussion will take place on Tuesday 11th April 2017, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon, when Charlotte Stewart will present a richly illustrated talk: Colour in the context of Art and Spirituality.
A warm welcome awaits you!
The Ipswich based Art and Spirituality forum was founded in Autumn 2013 by Cynthia Capey, affiliated to SIFRE (Suffolk Inter-Faith REsource).
We meet on the second Tuesday of the month, 10.00 am - 12.00 noon, at Quay Place (St Mary at the Quay Church), Key Street, Ipswich IP4 1BZ. Tel. 01473 569696
We welcome anyone who would join us in this open-minded, non-judgemental spirit. Please contact the group facilitator Loïs Cordelia (contact details below) to be kept informed of monthly meetings, proposed topics for discussion, and special group lectures and events.
We meet shortly before 10.30 am in the cafe area (White's Cafe), inside Quay Place, before moving to one of the available rooms.
Parking is available (pay and display: £1.40 for 2 hours) in the car park outside the church, accessible via Foundation Street, from Star Lane.
Tuesday, 13th December 2016: Caroline Mackenzie (artist and sculptor) presented a talk: The Trinity – an interfaith approach.
Tuesday 8th November 2016, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon: Art, Spirituality and the Environment
How does environmental art affect us emotionally, intellectually and spiritually? How far back can we trace environmental art? How do contemporary visual artists convey the fragility of ecological balance, the impending threat of environmental disaster, and the urgency of action? How do spiritual and religious traditions respond to this call to action?
"The Earth without Art is just 'Eh'."
Tuesday 11th October, 2016: Our guest speaker Robert Kensit presented a talk: Journey of a Pagan Artist (part 1)
Tuesday, 14th June 2016: "The Spirit of Paper-Cutting" - a richly illustrated talk by Lois Cordelia
To set paper-cutting in context, we'll begin with a brief "world tour" of cut-paper traditions from around the globe. Lois will introduce a few examples of her own work, before reflecting on the significance of paper as a medium (as opposed to simply a "canvas") for art. In opening up to discussion, we'll consider what appeals to us about paper-cutting, and how it can express and symbolise spiritual aspirations.
"A piece of paper can be a powerful presence."
(- Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey.)
Tuesday, 10th May 2016: Dance in the context of Art and Spirituality.
How do we define "dance", and in what ways do we connect it with spirituality? How have artists across the centuries and in different parts of the world interpreted dance through visual art? What does dance mean to us on a personal level?
"I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance."
Do we personally embrace or resist the fluidity of change? How does art on the theme of metamorphosis affect us on an emotional level, and why? How have artists over the centuries evoked dynamic processes of transformation and transfiguration through static visual art mediums?
Tuesday, 9th February 2016: Guest speaker Norman Sanders speaks on the theme of "Mathematics and Art - How Renaissance Artists found the Sacred in the Maths and Geometry of the Ancient Greeks".
Tuesday 10th November 2015: The Macabre in Art
What do we understand or mean by "Angels"? How have artists' depictions of angels evolved across the centuries, and why? What is special about angels (wings, haloes, light, colour, etc), and why do they fascinate artists? How are contemporary artists reinterpreting angels for postmodern, post-religious viewers?
Tuesday, 9th June 2015: Heaven and Hell
The concepts of Heaven and Hell seem to exist in many religions, and have been depicted by artists across the centuries. How does this imagery relate to our own faith, if we have one? Is it still relevant to us today? What sort of emotive response does it produce in us? How do contemporary artists interpret such themes? Please feel free to bring along some images, pictures, artwork, and so on, to share with us all.
“The mind is its own place, and in itself
Tuesday, 12th May 2015: Special Guest Lecture by Dr. Chinmayi Nath: "Self-help, self-realisation and self-stabilisation in Spirituality".
Tuesday, 14th April 2015: Sacred Places
What makes a place sacred? We will consider churches, temples, trees, mountains, henges, ... the human mind and heart - what are your ideas? Feel free to bring relevant imagery, artwork, and poetry to share and discuss.
Tuesday, 10th March 2015: Special Talk and Presentation by collage artist Dale Mann: “Eve as Victim, Icon and Superstar”
Tuesday, 10th February 2015: Special Guest Lecture by Caroline Mackenzie, "The Boundaries of the Sacred" - The Image of Woman in Hindu, Christian and Secular (Western) Art.
Tuesday, 13th January 2015: "New Beginnings"
With the start of a new year, we will be discussing the interrelated themes of new beginnings and rebirth, with a particular focus on the symbols that different cultures have chosen to express these ideas, including, but not limited to: The Phoenix, Janus ("January"), the Butterfly, Celtic Knots, Lotus Flowers, and so on.
Keywords: art, art history, dialogue, discussion, forum, interfaith, ipswich, quay place, spirituality, st mary at the quay
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