An arts initiative that explores the role of art in issues of social justice within our cities and communities, and engagement in theological reflection, has been established by the Centre for Theology and Justice, and PassionArt.
Among its aims are to enable artists who are actively engaging in practical justice issues to reflect theologically on what they are doing and why. It hopes to broaden the understanding of theologians and the Church of how the arts are being used to re-imagine mission. One ambition is to facilitate cities to reflect on and engage with justice themes by ‘the retelling of stories to relate meaningfully to people’s lives through music, film, literature, drama, dance, art and its galleries, museums libraries and theatres’.
The project will commission an annual artist residency that will result in a final piece of work or exhibition and an artist talk. The artist will be partnered with a theologian to reflect theologically and creatively on the chosen theme. The first residency is by visual word artist Micah Purnell from Manchester.