Theology’s problematic interface on screen

Image: Revd Adam Beaumont leading an online Easter service for St Cyriac’s Lacock, 2020. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. So the unsettled feelings are percolating. Many and continued are the triumphalist pronouncements of church leaders that communities of faith thrive online, that connections are made and obstacles overcome (like prohibition of worship due to situations other …

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In memory of Dr Tom Gledhill, my Dad

Image: Dad’s Bible. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont My father died on the 16th April. He had Parkinson’s, and was in a care home in Oxfordshire where, despite isolation, COVID-19 took away his breath. Parkinson’s took away other things, shading my last year with him in other ways: his frustration, his failing speech, his intent on …

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The day the churches shut up shop

Image: St Cyriac’s Church, Lacock, 24th March 2020. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. This week, the churches closed. The coronavirus spreads worldwide, and in line with a governmental announcement curbing all social gatherings on the 23rd of March, the Church of England confirmed the closure of all church buildings on the 24th. There are so many …

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A flurry of Frith photographs

Image: The Holy Bible, illustrated with photographs by Francis Frith, 1861. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. This month I’ll be speaking at the University of Oxford’s seminar series ‘The Bible in Art, Music, and Literature’, with a talk entitled ‘Pick & Mix: the non-linear Bible as modern artists visualise it’. I’ll be exploring a few artists …

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Christmas card reflection

Image: The Wilton Diptych, c.1395-9; The Gift, 2007. Diptych image used with permission, The Gift by Sheona Beaumont. This year once again I’m delighted that one of my Advent images, Joseph’s Angel, is being used by Bishop Martin as a Christmas card for the Chichester Diocese. It was originally produced as part of several annual …

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Picturing poppies: remembering the community

NOTEBOOK SPOTLIGHT: Remembrance Rood Screen This is an 8-panel, 35-aperture photographic installation, displayed in the south transept at St Cyriac’s Church, Lacock. Remembrance Rood Screen commemorates the service and commitment shown by local servicemen and women during the First World War. The piece is the culmination of a community art project in which residents were …

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Picturing the Peacock Arts Trail

Image: Remembrance Rood Screen and Scriptorium by Sheona Beaumont, paintings by Victoria Cleverly, drawings by pupils of Lacock Primary School. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. From the 5th to the 13th October, I’ve been busy exhibiting and curating an exhibition in St Cyriac’s Church, Lacock, as part of the Peacock Arts Trail 2019. We’ve had a …

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