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Visual Communion:
The art, architecture and craft of the Eucharist

A series of symposia 2018-19 


The Eucharist (or Communion) is the central act of worship in Christian liturgy,
offering thanksgiving, praise and sacrifice. This series of symposia explores the
Eucharist in relation to art, architecture and craft and asks how the visual arts have
shaped and are shaped by the Eucharist.

Each symposium will act as a ‘sounding’, taking place in a different regional centre
and feeding into a two-day conference in London in November 2019. The symposia
will draw upon collections of ecclesiastical art and design as well as the architecture
of sanctuaries and chapels set aside for the celebration of the Eucharist. There will
also be rare opportunities to handle and view closely different materials and media,
including textiles, silverware, sculpture, painting and furniture.

Visual Communion will demonstrate the crucial importance of the visual arts in the
rich heritage of Christian sacramental liturgy and theology, opening up new ways of
seeing art made and used for the glory of God.

The symposia will culminate in a lecture by Rowan Williams at the Wallace Collection in November 2019.



Organised by Art and Christianity in partnership with the Wallace Collection, Durham Cathedral,
Coventry Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral and Chichester Cathedral.
A+C has a track record of over 20 years of organising events such as this, bringing together theologians,
artists, art historians and cultural commentators to create a dialogue between theology and the visual
arts. Past events have included a study days at Tate Modern on Joseph Beuys and at King’s College
London on Mark Rothko and a major two-day symposium on the last 70 years of glass in British and
European churches and cathedrals.


Organised with support from the Austin Forum