The Weight of Liberty

“To venture on wider seas” (Sir Francis Drake) Take a look at the first image. What do you see? This picture is called The Mystical Boat by Odilon Redon. Where are you in that boat? Are you sailing the seas? Heading into a storm? Enjoying the sea breeze? Can you operate the rudder or does […]

Mindfulness in difficult times: a free course

Welcome to our free mindfulness course, mindfulness in difficult times. This course aims to help you become more present in the moment, more focused and if you choose to it could be the beginning for a regular mindfulness practice. It takes you through 6 key mindfulness techniques over 6 sessions. Accredited mindfulness teacher Cathy Ward […]

Hope for Hearts

“always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13) I wonder how the first image affects you: which square are you drawn to? What do you think it says? This piece, one of my earlier works, is currently on show in a local atrium, and so visible to the general public. I was […]

Walking the labyrinth

 Labyrinths have been found on every continent from long ago. For ancient people they were ways of connecting their inner, spiritual and emotional world with the outer, physical and social world.  In Medieval times labyrinths were laid in churches and cathedrals – the most famous example is at Chartres Cathedral in France (see front cover).  […]

No Match Found

“Round peg in a square hole” (adapted traditional saying) Take a look at the first picture. This is a print by Tracy Emin, the queen of contentious art. What do you think? The second picture (below) is a picture that I have made recently in response to the process of redeployment. My current employer has […]

Reflection on the city of Leeds

The next in our series of recorded reflections is all about the city of Leeds, which we call home. We made it for our friends in the Leeds North and East Methodist Circuit. It is 10 minutes long and starts with a stilling exercise to get you into a calm and reflective mindset. We ask […]

Activists: on not burning out

At the heart of an activist’s drive for transformation is a set of challenges. How do I maintain balance, perspective and proportion in my campaigning and resist the temptation to demonise my perceived opponents? How do I ‘keep at it’ when the energy and focus fades away in the face of ongoing disappointments and setbacks? […]

Get me out of here: joy in the everyday

“Wait here and stay awake with me” Matthew 6 I wonder what you see in the first picture; graffiti on a wall, a cryptic message perhaps. This piece is part of Portal – a series of interventions I made around Bradford city centre, exploring the concept of escape and other worlds. We may feel like […]