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Do you like drawing or painting? Do you like to sing or play an instrument? Perhaps you create sounds and songs of your own, or write poetry or prose. If so, what inspires you? People? Nature? Problems in the world which drive you to speak out? Emotions – of love, joy or anger?

For centuries, religion and art have been closely intertwined. People’s faith has motivated them to create something beautiful – whether that is a piece of music, painting, sculpture, poetry or architecture – as a way of expressing their own feelings about God, or helping others to connect with God. Some of the defining stories found in the Bible – for example of Adam and Eve, King David, or Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection – have provided the inspiration for paintings, sculptures and choral works, amongst many others. Some of our greatest buildings are historically places of worship, elaborately and beautifully designed in order to glorify or celebrate God.

This section provides articles and films about the role art plays in the life of the church – for example, how and why music is regularly used in worship – as well as providing interviews with Christian artists who see their talent as a gift from God, to be used for Him. You will also find out about the way art has been used to share the Christian story over history. How many works of art with a Christian connection do you know? Can you find it here?

(To see some examples of Christian architecture, why not try our virtual tours of church buildings? Search our ‘People’ section of the site, under ‘Places’.)

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Prophetic Art

Can art be used to minister to people?

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Prophetic Art

Can art be used to minister to people?

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Julia Powell paints. She believes that the inspiration for her work comes from God and in particular His desire to demonstrate His love for all people. Julia claims that her art comes out of her faith and she claims: “I wouldn’t say my art is realist. […]

Faith inspired art.

How has their faith inspired these artists and their work?

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Faith inspired art.

How has their faith inspired these artists and their work?

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Do you enjoy art? Do you paint or draw? Do you play a musical instrument or dance? If so where do you get your inspiration from? In these films two artists explain how their faith has inspired their art. In the first film, Julia is […]

Art and the Christian Faith – Catherine Stephenson

What is the relationship between art and faith? Does one come out of the other?

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Art and the Christian Faith – Catherine Stephenson

What is the relationship between art and faith? Does one come out of the other?

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Can faith inspire art? How can art be a reflection of your faith? What inspires art? What is the relationship between art and worship? Christian artist, Catherine Stephenson, considers these and other questions surrounding her faith and her art.

Beatbox and the Gospel

How do beatboxing and Christianity mix?

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Beatbox and the Gospel

How do beatboxing and Christianity mix?

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Rev Gavin Tyte loves God and he loves beatboxing. In these two short films you can discover how Gavin combines his two loves in a way that helps him communicate the gospel message in a fun and accessible way. Click here to discover more about […]

Faith and Art – Mary Fleeson

How can ancient Celtic art influence contemporary Christian art?

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Faith and Art – Mary Fleeson

How can ancient Celtic art influence contemporary Christian art?

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Mary Fleeson is a Christian artist who lives on Lindisfarne where she helps to run the Lindisfarne Scriptorium. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne was key to the Christian faith being spread throughout the North of   England in the 7th century A.D. and was the […]

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How do Christians use art to worship God?

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How do Christians use art to worship God?

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For two thousand years, Christians have used every kind of art to worship God and to communicate their faith. They believe that artistic talent, with every other kind of gift and ability, is something that can be used for the glory of God. In many churches, […]

Music

How do Christians use music in worship?

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How do Christians use music in worship?

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Music has always been important in worship – whether it’s with other people or by yourself. You’ll find a lot of singing in the Bible. It talks about angels singing constantly to God to praise him. The longest book in the Bible – the book […]