New 2022 Course

The 2022 course will run for 8 weeks, 3rd Feb – 31th Mar. More details coming soon. It will following a similar format and programme to the 2021 course, see below.

Contemporary Visual Art and Worship Course. University of Glasgow, 2021

Course Description
This course is for those who wish to explore and develop the role of contemporary visual art in Christian worship. Participants will engage practically, theologically and creatively through looking, listening, group discussions, practical tasks and reflective work. This course is for all, both laity and clergy, artists and non-artists, individuals or groups who are open to expanding and cultivating their imaginations, their churches and worship in new ways, especially in these current and changing times.


  • To cultivate the imaginations of those participating.
  • To give participants a broader understanding of and new possibilities of engaging art in worship. 
  • Develop skills, ideas and processes to cultivate creative possibilities for worship. To expand the possibilities of what is possible

This is an open access course available as a 10-credit course (accredited by the University of Glasgow) or audit-only for those who just wish to engage with the learning programme for their own personal benefit.

Course Times: 
8 X 2 Hour classes: Thursday evenings: 4th /11th /18th /25th Feb/4th /11th /18th /25th Mar @ 6.45pm-8.45pm

Course Details:

1. Why Art? An Introduction to Engaging with Art in the Church 
Why do you want art in your Church? What can art bring to our worship and how? There are a myriad of different ways to engage with art in the Church. This first week will briefly introduce the subject and the variety of topics and issues that will be discussed in the course.  

2. Danger Art at Work! Art and the Church 
The art world is a place where boundaries are pushed; art can be sensational, disturbing, beautiful and breathtaking or all of these and more at once! Should we have art in the Church and if so what form is deemed to be acceptable? The Church’s often troubled and varied history, including its present-day relationship with the visual arts, will be explored and discussed in this session.

3. What’s space got to do with it: Art, Environment and Context?
How seriously do we engage with space? How does it enable or disable our worship? What does it say about our faith, our worship, our theology, our community? We will explore these questions regarding space through practice and discussion.

4. Word, Images and Text 
How can we use text and image in worship; to teach, preach, illustrate, intrigue, open minds or close them down? Can text also be image?

5. Imagination: Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise
Cultivating the Imagination. Where do my ideas and inspiration come from? Participants will be encouraged to begin to develop their own creative ideas and imaginations through group work and practice. 

6. Materials and Materiality
The medium is the message. How do the objects and materials we use in worship communicate the gospel?  Jesus engaged many everyday ordinary objects and materials in his ministry to communicate the gospel, for example; yeast, spit, mud, fig tree, fish, bread, wine. What present day quotidian and cultural objects and materials might be use artistically and creatively to re-imagine our worship and delve deeper into our faith?

7. Participation
How might the creative participation of the people be facilitated in worship? This workshop explores a variety of examples of artistic inclusion for congregations and questions around sensitively encouraging people to take part. 

8. Reflecting Back and Moving Forward. Revisiting and reflecting on the subjects and practice of the previous weeks. Where do we go from here?

For more information and to enrol please see: