Art is God’s idea

Conferences and Events in 2020


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May 2022, Palais Universitaire, 9 place de l’Universite, Strasbourg : une exposition et un colloque à Strasbourg sur le thème des Idoles. La Faculté des Arts de l’Université de Strasbourg vous invite au colloque européen "Fin des idoles, actualité des images" qui se déroulera à la Faculté de Strasbourg en mai 2022 (date encore à préciser) En lien avec le colloque, une exposition collective d’art contemporain "Sacrées idoles !" se tiendra au Temple Neuf de Strasbourg à la même période.

17 June 2022, Institut Catholique, Paris: CALL FOR PAPERS. Due November 15, 2021. The Artist as Truth-Teller and the Legacy of French Artist Georges Rouault. A Symposium to be held in honor of the recent 150th anniversary of the birth of French modern master Georges Rouault. Many contemporary artists regard their work as having a moral as well as aesthetic function. They conceive of the artist as a visual truth-teller who exposes social and spiritual injustice. Through their work, these artists envision a more perfect world. This prophetic role for the artist can be rooted, in part, in figures of Judeo-Christian prophets, from Abraham to Moses to Isaiah to John the Baptist. These prophets model a non-cynical intersection of spiritual purpose and material action that continues to inspire artists to work both within and beyond the studio/gallery/museum with a belief that art can call a reimagined reality into being. ASCHA welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers that explore the work of post-World War II to contemporary artists whose work can be understood through the lens of a Judeo-Christian model of prophetic social and spiritual action such as taken up by French modern master Georges Rouault (for whom 2021 represents 150th anniversary of his birth). Papers should focus on the work of a single artist or group of artists, rather than attempt to give an overview of this entire history. Preference will be given to papers that point to the legacy or influence of Georges Rouault but other topics within this symposium’s focus will be considered. Papers may be delivered in French or English. We anticipate bringing approximately 20 scholars (professors and students) and 10 donors and collectors for a total of 30 participants. We hope to see a publication forthcoming from the symposium. Proposals of no more than 300 words, accompanied by CV and a cover letter, are due by November 15, 2021 and should be sent by e-mail to both Dr. Linda Stratford at and Dr. James Romaine at Previously presented or published papers, as well as papers already committed to publication, will be considered but should be specifically indicated as such. Acceptance of papers assumes a commitment to attend and participate. 





21 April – 23 April 2022, Jheronimus Bosch Art Center Jeroen Boschplein 2, 's-Hertogenbosch: Defining boundaries: Jheronimus Bosch, his workshop, and his followers. After hosting similar meetings in 2001, 2007, 2012, and 2016, the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, will organize a fifth conference on April 21-23, 2022: Separate sessions will be organized around individual works and copies after those paintings, among which the Temptations of Saint Anthony in Lisbon and the Last Judgement in Vienna. A third topic will be the Carrying of the Cross in Ghent and related scenes of the Passion in Princeton and Amsterdam. More details and a formal call for papers will go out after the summer, but our aim is to welcome attendees in person to the historical city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

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13 April, 19.30 h, Widcombe Baptist Church, Pulteney Rd, Bath: ‘Facing shame, finding beauty’. Nigel Halliday will be speaking on Grünewald’s Isenheim altarpiece.

14 April, 15.30 u, Clare College Chapel, Trinity Lane, Cambridge: The Art of New Creation – book launch. Musicians, poets, painters, and writers gather to launch a ground-breaking new book The Art of New Creation: Trajectories in Theology and the Arts (IVP), which explores the potential of the biblical theme of new creation to renew the arts in our time. Set against the backdrop of Holy Week, the multiple authors “perform” the book, culminating in a talk by the renowned theologian and former Bishop of Durham, N T Wright.  Refreshments at Gonville and Caius College (Old Hall) afterwards.  More information will soon be available on

22 April – 24 April, Keswick Ministries Art Retreat, Rawnsley Centre, Keswick: This will be a weekend exploring what the Bible says about working in Art today. It will be a practical weekend on how to survive and thrive as a Christian and an artist. There will be plenty of time to meet other Christians in the arts, to enjoy the beautiful Lakes and make some art while you’re here! The retreat will feature teaching slots in the mornings and afternoon workshops will be held for participants to draw out and about around Keswick. The teaching sessions will be an opportunity to hear a biblical overview of the arts and creativity taking a creation, fall, redemption and new creation format over a number of sessions. Each session will be rooted in scripture and illustrated with examples from art. Speaker Alastair Gordon is a London based artist, lecturer and a founding director of Morphē Arts, a mentoring charity for Christians in the Creative Arts. He is a regular speaker at Christian events but works professionally in the art world. Alastair is course leader for the professional practice graduate programme at the Leith School of Art, Edinburgh.

18 May, 10.30 – 17.30 h, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London: Inaugural workshop for a new and evolving network together with our long-standing partners, King’s College London and St Martin-in-the-Fields. It is hoped that participants will be able to attend in person and online, and for parts of the event to be recorded and shared. The 2022 theme ‘Crossing Borders’ is inspired by the National Gallery’s recently acquired painting The Finding of Moses and The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, both by Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639). Together, these provide a dynamic epicentre through which we will explore the unique significance of sacred art in museums and galleries. Featuring theological perspectives and experts in religion alongside curators from diverse contexts, the day will focus on: - Engaging public audiences of all backgrounds with sacred art collections and exhibitions; - Developing curatorial resources regarding religion and theology; - Exploring strengths, challenges, and opportunities in collections and interpretation; - Developing dynamic new partnerships. We are inviting proposals for 10-minute case study papers, which engage with the ‘Crossing Borders’ theme and one of the following: A work of art in a UK public art collection; A community engagement and outreach initiative; A permanent or temporary exhibition (past, present, or future). The concept of ‘Crossing Borders’ can be broadly defined, and we encourage proposals that explore this theme from diverse, collaborative, and intersectional perspectives. Contributions should be of interest to both expert and general public audiences. Paper proposals should be no more than 250 words, and should also include a c.100-word contributor biography. Proposals should be emailed to by no later than 28 January 2022.

12 July – 14 July, University of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway, London: Catholicism, Literature and the Arts III Conference: The Poetics of Liturgy and Place. The theme of The Poetics of Liturgy and Place will be engaged by speakers, artists, and poets, and by musical performance, inviting reflection on the Catholic tradition’s contribution to ‘place-making’ through the arts.  Proposals for short papers engaging visual art, literature, and music in relation to the theme are welcome.



23 May – 27 May, 8.30 – 11.30 h, Regent College, 5800 University Blvd, Vancouver: Art in a time of crisis. A course by Adrienne Dengerink-Chaplin. Discover the vital role of the arts in times of precarity, examining artistic practices born amidst crises. Awaken yourself to the prophetic witness of the arts, asking why so many people turn to the arts during times of struggle. Together we'll explore the lives and work of artists such as Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, the Bogside Artists from Northern Ireland, Banksy, and the Mozambiquan project "Transforming Arms into Tools," while also referencing examples from the world of literature and music. Investigate and compare these different artistic practices, asking how art facilitates meaningful engagement with the big issues of our time.

7 July – 9 July 2022, Montreal, Ellulian Perspectives on Sustainability and the Arts in a Technological Society. With a Call for Papers. Artists may consider doing a presentation too. See



28 April, 8.30 – 10 h, OMSC (Overseas Ministries Study Center), Princeton Theological University, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ, online: Wisnu Sosongko, OMSC Artist in Residence 2004–2005, in conversation with Byung Ho Choi. Registration will be availaible on our website soon:

13 May – 14 May, First Americans Museum, 659 First Americans Boulevard, Oklahoma City: JUSTart Indigenous. Why would Native Americans believe in the religion of the colonizers? Indigenous followers of Christ sense a deep paradox when asked this question. Why DO they believe in the Gospel of the invaders, the so-called “white man’s religion”? JUSTart Indigenous gives voice to this struggle. Indigenous speakers will relate the complex stories contained within the unique context of Native peoples in the former Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.  JUSTart Indigenous hopes to serve as the first of ongoing discussions about awareness of how Christianity has played a historic (and continuing) role among our Native peoples. JUSTart Indigenous will also mark the launch of the latest CIVA traveling exhibition, Altars of Reconciliation, in which viewers will experience contemporary, Native-themed sacred art, personal in their stories but universal in their struggle with eternal questions.

24 July – 30 July, Asheville, NC: 2022 Glen Workshop. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Glen Workshop combines the best elements of a craft workshop, arts festival, and spiritual retreat. Artists, writers, musicians, patrons of the arts, and spiritual wayfarers of all stripes are welcome. Registration includes your workshop or seminar of choice, lodging, meals, faculty presentations, and community programming—a truly transformative week of creativity and community!