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Art and Worship

Christopher Irvine and Anne Dawtry

Art and Worship
Art and Worship

ISBN: 9780814660263, 6026

Details: 120 pgs, 6 x 9 x 3/8
Publication Date: 12/01/2002
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More and more churches are bringing works of art into their buildings in order to enhance their worship and provide a focus for prayer and reflection. Art and Worship explores the relationship between religion and the visual arts and provides advice on how to commission works of art, how to place them, and how to hold art exhibitions in church.

In Art and Worship, Anne Dawtry and Christopher Irvine survey the theological agenda for art and the Church. The authors also explore the need for communication between the Church and artists and for skill and sensitivity to the artistic dimension of worship. Art and Worship offers practical examples in commissioning works of art and shows how worship itself is art, a creative expression of our adoration and praise of God.

Chapter One summarizes issues concerning the place of art in the Church. Chapter Two offers a brief history of art in the Church. Chapters Three and Four suggest the type of conversations that artists and church people should engage in. Chapter Five focuses on the relationship of art to worship. Chapter Six discusses legal ramifications congregations face when renovating churches.

Chapters are "Introduction: Looking and Seeking," “The Theological Agenda for Art and the Church,” “A Brief History of Art in Church,” “Encounter and Communication in Placing Art in Churches,” “Viewing Art,” “The Art of Worship,” and “Legalities, Practicalities, and Other Resources.”

Christopher Irvine is a Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He has been a parish priest as well as a university chaplain, tutor, and vice principal at St Stephen's House and principal of the College of the Resurrection at Mirfield. He is the author of The Use of Symbols in Worship, The Art of God, and co-author of Art and Worship published by Liturgical Press.

Dr. Anne Dawtry was a principal of Ordained Local Ministry and Integrated Education in the Diocese of Salisbury. Previously she was chaplain to Bournemouth University and the Arts Institute in Bournemouth and an adviser in art and design to the Bournemouth and Poole College.

ISBN: 9780814660263, 6026

Details: 120 pgs, 6 x 9 x 3/8
Publication Date: 12/01/2002