VISUAL COMMUNION

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A series of symposia on the art, architecture and craft of the Eucharist
The Eucharist (Mass or Holy Communion) is the central act of worship in Christian liturgy, offering thanksgiving, praise and sacrifice. This series of symposia explores the Eucharist in relation to art, architecture and craft and asks how the visual arts have shaped and are shaped by the Eucharist.

Each symposium will act as a ‘sounding’, taking place in a different regional centre and feeding into a two-day conference in London in November 2019. The symposia will draw upon collections of ecclesiastical art and design as well as the architecture of sanctuaries and chapels set aside for the celebration of the Eucharist. There will also be rare opportunities to handle and view closely different materials and media, including textiles, silverware, sculpture, painting and furniture.
Visual Communion will demonstrate the crucial importance of the visual arts in the rich heritage of Christian sacramental liturgy and theology, opening up new ways of seeing art made and used for the glory of God.
The symposia will take place in Durham, Coventry in Autumn 2018; Chichester and Winchester in Spring 2019; and culminating in a major two day conference in London in November 2019 at which Rowan Williams will give a keynote lecture.

Full details and booking forms can be found on the A&C website

Kindly supported by the Lady Peel Trust and Hymns Ancient & Modern