Dr. Sheona Beaumont (b.1979) is an artist and writer whose photographic work explores religious traditions and beliefs. Connected to her family’s work in the Church of England both in the UK and East Africa, her photographs and publications focus on the visual theology of community, landscape, motherhood and the Bible.

Sheona has held artist residencies in a variety of ecumenical settings: with Churches Together on Dartmoor (Devon, and Exeter Cathedral), at Trinity College Bristol, and as Photographer in Residence at St Cyriac’s Church (Wiltshire). She writes for journals, photobooks, and academic publications exploring the relationship between theology and the arts. Most recently as Bishop Otter Scholar (Diocese of Chichester, 2017-2020), she combined her creative and scholarly interests through a cathedral exhibition, photographic commission, and conference publications, following her doctoral studies on the theology of photography at the University of Gloucestershire (supported by Bible Society).

Sheona is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London, a Montgomery Lecturer, and was Co-founder of Visual Theology, an independent organisation exploring the spiritual imagination in visual culture. She lives in Wiltshire with her husband and two children.


The Bright Fields photo psalter continues: posting every Friday on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. This long-form visual poem is building through landscape photography, the Psalms, and one grass-sprung step at a time. To keep company with Sheona on her rural pilgrimage, sign up to her newsletter on this page.

OUT NOW: The Bible in Photography (Bloomsbury).The story of images which portray biblical subjects, from landscapes of the Holy Land to portraits of Jesus by David LaChapelle.

COMING SOON: Online paper presentation ‘Look to the Earth’ 22nd May at the Vancouver School of Theology conference Sacred Arts in a Pluralistic Society.

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Positions held
2023-2024 Lead Designer, Athelstan Pilgrim Way, North Wiltshire Deanery, Diocese of Bristol
2019-2021 Photographer in Residence, St Cyriac’s Church, Lacock, Wiltshire
2017-2020 Bishop Otter Scholar, Diocese of Chichester
2014-2015 Artist in Residence, Trinity College, Bristol
2003-2004 Artist in Residence, Princetown, Devon
Selected exhibitions
2021 Spotlight On: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection of Chippenham Museum, Chippenham Museum, Wiltshire
2019 Scriptorium, The Bishop’s Palace, Chichester, West Sussex
2018 Where is God in our 21st Century World?, Chaiya Art Awards, gallery@oxo, London
2014 Standing Room Only, Bristol Cathedral, Bristol
2014 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
2013 Stewards of the Earth, Sarum College, Salisbury
2012 RGB Awards, The Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
2012 Elemental, Glenfall House, Cheltenham; Colston Hall, Bristol
2011 Faith in the City, Red Gallery, Shoreditch, London
2011 Open Photography 2, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2010 Bristol Through the Lens, The Photo Gallery and The New Room, Bristol, part of the Bristol Festival of Photography
2011-2017 PhD Photography and Theology, University of Gloucestershire
2003-2004 MA Visual Culture, University of Nottingham
1998-2001 BA (Hons) Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury