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Art and Spirituality

by Jay Clark Melvyn Freake is treasurer of the Art and Spirituality Network, a group of artists, writers and performers who run workshops that seek to explore faith and search for meaning through art. He talked to Nayler about his involvement with the network, and how he sees his Quaker spirituality influenced by creativity. What…

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James Turrell: working in the Light

by Jay Clark James Turrell is a light artist and an architect. He is also a Quaker, and created one of his skyspace installations for Live Oak Friends Meeting in Houston, Texas. His installations are site specific, and often change with the time of day. People often say that they are hard to describe, and…

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1978 – Signs of Life: Art and Religious Experience

The 1978 Swarthmore Lecture by John Ormerod Greenwood. Reviewed by Jay Clark. John Ormerod Greenwood, born in 1907, was an actor, playwright and producer, as well as a Quaker historian who completed a three volume series about Friends’ international work called ‘Quaker Encounters’. In this lecture, he says that being given an opportunity to talk…

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The Journal as worship

The Journal as Worship  by Jay Clark I owe a lot to a book called The Journal as Art, by Jennifer New, a book that reproduces pages from visual journals, alongside the creator’s comments on why and how they journal. When I was a teenager, bored of my written diaries that felt petty and uninspiring,…