The Collective Art of Lament

Over the past month we have been through one of the most significant times in our nation’s history. Much fear and uncertainty, anger and disillusion has awoken deep emotions within towns and cities up and down the country giving rise to racial abuse, violence and...

The Good Thief

This years Lenten installation at Manchester Cathedral shows a life size realist painting of the Good Thief who according to the Passion story was crucified to the right of Christ at Golgotha. It is unusual to depict the crucifixion story without making Christ the...

The Role of Beauty in City Transformation

I have always loved beautiful things. I love to surround myself with flowers on the kitchen table, a garden full of colours and textures, paintings and sculptures on my walls and window sills, photographs of special places we’ve visited and shared beautiful moments in...

Recovering the Art of Wonder

In this stunning piece of sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park we are invited to rediscover the art of wonder. To pause, be still, observe and allow life and nature to be present to our deepest selves, and to be open to the...

A Vision for the Arts

‘When we awaken to beauty, we become aware of new ways of being in the world.’ By beauty I do not mean the pretty, the pleasing, the easy to understand, the mindless and naive, but beauty, I believe is the nature of God, that can be found, discovered, and even...