5: Laura Moffatt: Ecclesiart

Exhibiting Faith

Apr 10 2023 • 39 mins

David Trigg speaks to Laura Moffatt, director of Art + Christianity, an organisation seeking to foster and explore the dialogue between art, Christianity and other religious traditions.

Since the 1990s, Art + Christianity has forged relationships with galleries, institutions and places of worship through projects, events, and publications. It also works to raise awareness of the rich heritage of modern and contemporary art in church buildings.

Laura studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle and Arts Criticism at City, University of London. Before becoming director of Art + Christianity, she worked for Art Monthly and the Hoxton gallery, PEER. She is a member of The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches and sits on the Church Buildings Council, which advises on the care, conservation and development of church buildings.

Laura speaks about her work with Art + Christianity and takes us on a tour of London churches to visit a selection of modern and contemporary artworks that the organisation is documenting as part of its Ecclesiart project.

Artworks visited:
John Hayward, interior murals, St Michael & All Angels, London Fields
Rona Smith, North Elevation, Lumen United Reformed Church, Bloomsbury
Stephen Cox, Adam and Eve, St Luke's Church, Chelsea

Ecclesiart currently lists more than 80 permanent works of art in churches and cathedrals, reflecting the diversity of commissions and charting developments in ecclesiastical art and design.

Artworks discussed in this episode can be viewed on Instagram @exhibitingfaith and on the Art + Christianity website

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