Berlin 2009

Berlin 2009

You may have noticed that the Artists for Christ blog has been a little quiet recently.

The main reason for this is that we have been preparing to go on mission, and we are leaving tonight!

The team is made up from guys all over Europe and we are heading to Berlin to share the gospel through an art exhibition, live painting on the streets, prayer for healing, and other exciting stuff!

We really need your prayer support so please sign up to our Berlin prayer newsletter.

We are extremely excited about this trip and seeing our awesome God touch people’s lives. Watch this space for news!

May the Lord bless you all,

– James

Icons of the absence of God / Does Rothko offer consolation to a godless world?

Rothko

Before Christmas, one of my lecturers gave me a flyer for an arts and spirituality symposium that’s happening this Saturday (the 24th Jan) at Kings Collage. The symposium coincides with the Rothko exhibition currently underway at the Tate Modern, and will critically review the interpretations of his works and how they speak to out social and cultural context. I’m absolutely gutted cause I can’t go due to unforseen events, but I’m hoping that a good bunch of Christian artists will. I think it’s really important for us, as Christian artists to understand modern art, which has shaped our culture, so that we are more able to engage with it, and challenge it with a Christian world view. After all, hope in Jesus Christ is far more jolly than nihilism. I don’t think it’s gonna be from a Christian perspective, but it’s chaired by Ben Quash who’s the Professor of Christianity and the Arts at KCL, so he should at the very least have a vague interest in Christianity, and to be honest, it’s just as important to learn this stuff from a non-christian point of view as it is from a Christian one.

And so, the details are thus.

The symposium will run from 10am to 5pm, will take place at Kings Collage, Strand, London WC2, and tickets will cost you £25 (£20 cons & ACE members). You can send cheques made payable to ACE Trust to ACE, 83 London Wall, London EC2M 5ND. Or you can email them at E_projects@acetrust.org (although i’m not entirely confident that that’s an underscore as the bottom of my flyer’s been cut off) or, for that personal touch you can even phone them on 020 7374 0600.

The speakers will be :

Aaron Rosen – Finding Rothkowitz: The Jewish Rothko

Jonathan Harris – Mark Rothko’s good paintings about nothing

Daniel Glaser – Can neurobiology tell you how you feel about a picture?

George Pattison – After an end: unsaying painting.

If you do make it there, do tell us how it is, whether it was groundbreaking and changed your life or just £25 to get pins and needles.

– Miriam

Byzantium!

 

Bear with me for being excited about something a tad nerdy.

The Royal Academy of Arts is doing an exhibition of art and relics from the Byzantium Empire. I wouldn’t have cared much at all about this this time last year, but this is what my church history module does to you. The Byzantium period was pretty awesome, Christianity spread all over the Roman Empire, and the church was working out it’s theology, like working out the difference between icons and idols, and just how far can you go. I’m gonna admit you might find it more exciting if you read up on the whole she-bang before hand, but the art is absolutely beautiful. I haven’t been yet, but I’m planning on going and from the pictures it looks like the place is going to be packed with amazing trinkets and icons and all sorts. So, check out some Christian art history.

It runs from the 25th of October till the 22nd of March and to find out more information click here.

– Miriam

“To the ends of the earth”

Next weekend, on Saturday Nov 1st, the church that I attend is holding an event at the Fairfield halls, Croydon, UK, which I think is going to be pretty special! Here is the info from the press release:

On November 1st, Jackie Pullinger will be leading an incredibly exciting event:

A full day jam-packed with teaching, prayer and worship centred on world mission!

It will remind us of God’s heart for mission, catch a vision of the work He’s doing around the world and inspire and equip us to serve and go on mission.

Attend and you’ll hear all the latest incredible stories from Jackie in two inspiring worship and teaching sessions.

But that’s not all: there will be a range of seminars throughout the day led by top, in-demand speakers including Martin Goldsmith (renounced author and teacher) Steve Bell (International Director of Interserve) and Eddie Lyle (CEO of Open Doors).

There will also be a massive exhibition of over 25 different mission organizations including Compassion, BMS, OMF, Crosslinks and YWAM.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity . To find out more, go to the website: www.endsofearth.org.uk.

– James

“When I Grow Up…” – an art exhibition by James Brooks

Here is a bit of shameless self-promotion!

Recently I have been working on a new collection of paintings which will be shown for the next month at the Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor. Everyone is welcome to the opening night which will be this Weds 1st October, from 7pm. For more information please visit the Firestation website.

– James