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Loving Jesus in the arts

The Relay Arts Elective gathers like-minded Relay Workers to focus on what it means to love Jesus in the arts. This includes time to work on their own projects and receive criticism from others, and the opportunity to minister to students from art colleges and courses. Before she finished as an Arts Relay Worker in the summer, Rosie Smith shared with us how the programme has helped develop her as a Christian and as an artist.

Being part of the Relay Arts Elective allows me to develop my practice as a weaver and to explore the links between art and faith, both of which are really useful as I work alongside art students in Bath.

Having trained as a weaver on the textiles degree course at Bath Spa, I’d like to go into the industry when I finish Relay, working in the commercial production of cloth that doesn’t neglect environmental or social factors. Being allowed time in my week to weave is really helpful; if it wasn’t timetabled in I could finish Relay having forgotten the intricacies of my craft. I spend about four hours a week preparing or weaving samples for my portfolio.

As a group of seven Arts Elective members we are a community, striving to encourage and keep each other accountable. We’ve enjoyed spending time with artists Ally and Cully, who head up the Christian artists network Morphē and helped us think through the function of art in the Kingdom of God. Further Morphē training and networking events have been a great opportunity to unite with other artists from across the UK. It’s exciting to see the diversity in our practices: from ceramicist to singer–songwriter, it’s a melting pot of disciplines.

The theory side of the Arts Elective is not only beneficial for me as I explore what the Bible says about art, but also helps me to prepare for the Bath Arts Network group. This is a group I lead which hosts seminars, gallery visits and other events to encourage Christian art students to consider how their faith links with their practice and the culture around them. It’s exciting to be working alongside the next generation of culture makers and seeing them nurture the gifts God has blessed them with, all for His glory!

Relay applications close this Friday 17 March. Could Relay be for you? Find out more and apply. 

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