For Art’s Sake: Pioneer Conversations Day – Oxford
A day of creative conversations on art, theology and mission
CMS Conversation Days are an opportunity for those involved or interested in mission to connect around a given theme. A space for theorists and practitioners to share knowledge, insights and passion through presentations, workshops and panel discussions.
Our theme for our next conversations day is art, theology and mission – through which we’ll be exploring three specific areas:
With a particular focus on visual and performance art we will be exploring the intrinsic value of art in keeping with God’s creative nature and expression in creation.
Mission and Art
What is art’s unique ability to communicate the gospel? In what ways is it being used and in what ways could it be? An opportunity to discover the role, significance and power of art to build community, provide healing, and communicate the gospel, and how this is especially relevant to our current age.
Prophecy and Art
A tactic in prophetic dialogue is to listen and discern those activists, dreamers, vagabonds, poets and unpopular popular artists who are already prophets in their own culture and to join in with what they are doing in liberation, in service to the healing of creation. An opportunity to meet those who dig out the treasure of popular cultural resources that are apocalyptic, the unpopular popular, and use them as dialogue partners, or as the building blocks of liturgy and spirituality in the new emerging missional communities.
The day includes:
- performance by David Benjamin Blower
- workshops on art and mission by Martin Poole
- Chris Duffett introducing the work of the Light Project
- Ian Adams helping us see how art and imagination are gift
- a poetry workshop
- Rachel Griffiths getting us involved in drama and its ability to connect with people
- workshop with artist Iain Cotton
- workshop with installation artist Lou Baker
- a workshop on photography engaging with spiritual practice