For Gallery go to the bottom of the page.

Selected Work:

Ongoing Work: St. James the Less Episcopal Church, Leith.

St. James the Less Episcopal Church, Leith, 2021 – present: St. James is Carol’s home church where she helps to facilatate the liturgical art and space See .

Short term projects and workshops:

Wild Goose Worship Week: RESHAPING : Iona Abbey, Iona. 29th July – 4th August 2023. A week exploring liturgy, creativity and participation through practice, discussion, workshops and worship. This will again be led by Jo Love, Carol Marples and Jane Bentley. An account of the week written by Jo Love can be found here under IONA WEEK 23.

Columbafest – A Wee Urban Festival organised by the Wild Goose Resource Group and friends.  GATHERING. Govan & Linthouse Parish Church. Saturday 10th June 2023.  Leading a practical meditation through art based on Rumi’s ‘The Guest House.’

Wild Goose Worship Week: IN THE ONGOING. Iona Abbey, Iona. 30th July – 5th August 2022. A creative week exploring the provision and provisionality in a continually unfolding world. What might our lives and worship be like if instead of striving for permanence and stability, we attend to and celebrate the transient and incomplete? Led by Jo Love of the Wild Goose Resource GroupCarol Marples and Jane Bentley. For more details and to Book:

Retreat Association (online) Conference. LIVING WITH COURAGE: CLASPING HANDS ACROSS A DIVIDED LANSDSCAPE WONDERFULLY MADE. 27th-29th June 2022. Co-creating and co-leading the worship with Alison Adam, entwined with the creation of a liturgical installation.
Royal St. Catherines Foundation, London / online

Wild Goose Worship Week: BRAVING THE ELEMENTS . Iona Abbey, Iona. 31st July – 6th August 2021  How do we worship in this new place we find oursleves in as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic? Where do we find ourselves in our worship/ church context? How are we coping? How do we listen? Are we in a state of complaint, wilderness, lamentation? Where are the spaces in-between? . Led by Jo Love of the Wild Goose Resource Group, Carol Marples and Jane Bentley. 

Oxford Clergy Conference. LIVNG WATER.. 30 April – 3 May 2018. Creating a liturgical installation and leading art worshops that fed into this over the four days of the conference.
Hayes Conference Centre, Swanick, Derbyshire

St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh. 2016. Church Day Away. A day of reflection, coracle making and worship.

Arlington Presbyterian Church, Washington D.C., USA. January 2014. Presentation and workshop.

Charlotte Congregational Church UCC, Charlotte, Vermont, USA. August 2010. Presentation and workshop.

Old South Church UCC, Windsor, Vermont, USA. 5th -12 July 2009. Residency leading workshops and worship.

North Motherwell Parish Church, Hamilton Presbytery. 2008 -2009. A series of four ‘Art and Worship’ ecumenical workshops organised by Hamilton Presbytery covering Advent, Lent and Easter, Pentecost and Harvest.

Fischy Music Schools project, Balgreen Primary School. 12th -16th November 2008. Creating work with primary age groups at Balgreen Primary School for the 10th Anniversary Celebration Service of Fischy Music. Working with artist and musician Raine Clarke.        

Perth Festival Service. May 2007. Carol took part in leading a quiet day and the creating of a congregational artwork as part of worship.

St Andrew & St George’s Church of Scotland, Edinburgh. February 2007.

Overton Church, Hamilton Presbytery. 2006

Clergy Summer School. Ushaw College. Durham June 2006. Presentation and Workshop.

‘Spirituality of People with Learning Difficulties,’ Conference with John Swinton.’ 15-17th March 2006. Carol led a workshop on ‘Art, the Senses and Worship. Enabling the spirituality of people with learning difficulties.’  Gillis Centre, Edinburgh. 

‘Visualising the church.’  GB British Deaf Priests Group. Bishop’s House, Iona. May 2006. Carol led a week for this wonderful group of deaf priests and one deaf-blind priest on exploring the use of the visual arts in the church.

St. Paul’s  Cathedral Dundee. November 2005Planning evening and workshop day to create a celebratory worship space reflecting Cathedral’s centenary.

Steeple Church. Dundee. November 2004.  Enabling the members of the congregation to create a  ‘Sacred Space for Christmas.’

Previous Long term projects:

St. James the Less Episcopal Church, Leith, 2000-2011: Carol worked voluntarily helping to grow and facilitate the arts in worship from 2000-2007. She was then employed to take this continue this 2007-2011 when she left to study at the University of St. Andrews. Carol was the convenor of the St. James Worship Planning Group 2001-2011.

Priority Areas, Church of Scotland, 2004-2010. Carol worked with over 20 Priority Area Churches between 2004- 2010. Carnwadric Parish Church 2004-2005. Toryglyn Parish Church 2005- 2006. Cranhill Parish Church 2006 – 2007.  2007-2009 – a series of art and worship resource workshops for a  range of PA churches. Priority Areas Consultation. 18th -20th September 2007.  Workshops and worship. 2009-10 Art and Worship workshops and Quiet Day projects.


Columbafest.GATHERING. Govan & Linthouse Parish Church. 2023

St. James the Less Episcopal Church, Leith. Lent 2023 Prayers of the People.

LIVING WITH COURAGE: CLASPING HANDS ACROSS A DIVIDED LANSDSCAPE. 27th-29th June 2022Retreat Association (online) Conference.

St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh. Church Away Day, 2016

Provanmill Parish Church. 2009St. James the Less Episcopal Church, Pentecost 2011.

Old South Church UCC, Windsor, Vermont, USA. 2009

Fischy Music 10 year Art Project and Worship Celebration with Balgreen Primary School. 2008

Jean Vanier Retreat, Edinburgh, 2007. Doves created by members of Faith and Light and L’Arche communities from around the world.(Pre-folded) Dove from L’arche Uganda.

GB Deaf Priests Group, Bishops House Retreat, Iona. 2006.