In 1999 Carol was asked to be artist in resisdence at the St. James Weekend Away entitled ‘The Cathedral of Dreams.’ She lead workshops for all ages of the church to create a series of installations for the Sunday morning worship. In January 2000 she became a member of the church, and in 2001 became convenor of the newly formed workship planning group (until 2011).
Carol worked voluntarily helping to grow and facilitate the arts in worship at St. James from 2000-2007 in conjunction with rector Steve Butler and others. The church developed a pattern of changing the environmental worship space six times per year: Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Harvest, Advent, and Epiphany. All ages of the congregation were encouraged to join in the creative workshops to change the space. These were facilitated by Carol and other members of the worship planning team. Artwork was also often created during and as part of the worship.
In 2007 she was employed through the Soul Marks Trust to continue this work. She left in 2011 to study initially for a Masters degree (2011-12) and then doctoral studies (2012-present) in the Institute of Theology, Imagination and the Arts at St. Andrews University.
In 2014 the church building became a weekday campus for the Leith School of Art. Although this has changed the space somewhat, the visual arts continue to be an important part of the church’s worship. See: www.stjamesleith.org
Selected transformations 2000-2011.
Christmas 2007 and Epiphany 2008
Exodus, Advent 2006
Christmas and Epiphany 2006