Flourishing, Leeds Sanctuary


This week, Anna discusses Flourishing - a holistic, God-centred understanding of wellbeing... Flourishing is the final value of Leeds Sanctuary. This value was developed during Lockdown. We were seeing so many people struggling with their wellbeing that I started to explore wellbeing resources that might help people see themselves as a full, whole, complicated human… Continue reading Flourishing


In Conclusion

“Remember that all things which happenTo you are raw materialsEndlessly fertileEndlessly yielding of thought that could changeYour life and go on doing so forever.” - Ben Okri The Anastasis Icon Is-o- lat-ed by Andreas Anastasis Take a look at the first image: it may be familiar to you as I have used it twice already.… Continue reading In Conclusion

Action, Reflection

Postcards from the Edge

“I’d rather be in the mountains thinking about God than in church thinking about the mountains” John Muir "Mend" Take a look at the two images, what do you see? There are obvious connections, even though the two pictures are quite different in style and were made at two different stages of my art career.… Continue reading Postcards from the Edge

Meditation, Reflection

Make Do and Mend

“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Both pictures this month show patchworks. The first was made by Mary Lee Bendolph and the second is anonymous, made by Amish women. Patchwork of its nature is a make do and mend, originating… Continue reading Make Do and Mend


Quality time

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately” Henry Thoreau Take a look at the first picture. This is a page from an artist’s book I made for a friend ‘s project which was an exploration of time. The following page (not shown) lists all the activities I found myself engaged with… Continue reading Quality time

Meditation, Reflection

Support Structure

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young (Psalm 84) Take a look at the first picture. This is recent work by Rachel Whitread, the British sculptor famous for casting empty structures with concrete, making something solid, impermeable and haunting out of absence… Continue reading Support Structure


Power to the People: Street Art Workshop

Help us take the music into all areas of our city Image by Federico Scarionati We have been invited to be part of The Leeds Piano Trail and decorate a piano with a local artist on the theme of Power to the People! Join us Wednesday 19th May, 6-8pm on Zoom for a workshop exploring… Continue reading Power to the People: Street Art Workshop