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.
|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|
|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|