Festive Craftivism: spreading gratitude and hope

2020 has been quite a year. As a nation we have not known grief, loneliness and restrictions on our daily lives in most of our living memories. We have felt powerless to stop the many plights on our society: covid-19, climate change, racism and discrimination in all its forms. However, we are powerful, we do …

We all stand together

“Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role.” Yehuda Berg Take a look at the first picture. This is a community artwork that I made during the same residency that produced Flock, which I talked about in May. It is called Murmur and took the idea of how starlings flock together making …

Reflection on creativity

A guided meditation about the power of creativity for positive change. We explore it as an outlet in difficult times, as a way of connecting with one another and asking for the world we want to see. There is a stilling exercise, some time of silence and some reflections about creativity to ponder. Please do …

Beautiful Margins

‘Come to the edge’, He said. They said, ‘we are afraid’. ‘Come to the edge’, He said. They came. He pushed them, and they flew. (Christopher Logue) Take a look at the first image. This is an artwork by Hilary Jack which is on show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I use this image as …

Privileged Thinking

“Think for yourselves, and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too” Voltaire Take a look at the first image. This is a very old artwork, dealing with the issue of racism, made in 2005. The artist’s book contained three images based on the Isihara test used by opticians to determine colour-blindness. Each image, …

Patience: mindfulness pillar 1

Over the next few months we are releasing a series of podcasts introducing the pillars of mindfulness. This month the pillar Tim, of Blackbird Mindfulness, is sharing is patience. In mindfulness patience is a form of wisdom and certainly a virtue. Tim shares the value of giving ourselves time, having a patient attitude and staying …

Silence and personal spirituality

Why is silence important to you in your spirituality and faith? We asked a few friends to share their experiences of silence and why they love making time fo silence regularly, how it helps them to connect to themselves or their understanding of God. This is the third is a series of videos about silence, …

Daily Grace

“though indeed the divine is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17v27) Take a look at the first picture. This shows a recent one-off piece that I made as part of an online zoom art and faith group.  We were given a story from the Bible, discussed it and then had an hour …

Among the trees

“I go among the trees and sit still.All my stirring becomes quiet.” (Wendell Berry) Take a look at the first image. This is a print series that I’m currently working on. I am making thirteen prints for the Celtic Tree Calendar. My intention is to honour trees which live so much longer than we do, …

A walk in nature

This podcast has been especially created for using when you go on a walk to your favourite bit of nature. It encourages you to prayerfully notice what is around you, be grateful for it and reflect on why you love that particular place. It is a stand alone podcast created in partnership with Leeds South …