Bible

Running the script for a blueprint Bible

Image: Scriptorium, 2018 at St Cyriac’s Church, Lacock; 65 cyanotype prints. NOTEBOOK SPOTLIGHT: Scriptorium The text below is adapted from publication in ‘Photography as the Bible’s New Illumination’, in Transforming Christian Thought in the Visual Arts: Theology, Aesthetics, and Practice (Routledge, 2021), pp.55-58; and also from VT Issue 1, pp.16-17. Scriptorium consists of sixty-five pages of unbound …

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Advent sermon with Isaiah

But now thus says the LORD, / he who created you, O Jacob, / he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; / I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; / and through the rivers, they shall not …

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Oswald Chambers and walking the line

Image: Splinter, 2020. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. Some quotations this month from Oswald Chambers’ ‘My Utmost for His Highest’, originally published in 1927 by his wife, and still a global bestseller. Chambers trained at the Royal College of Arts, before turning to theological training and a life of church ministry. I’ve found his unflinching single-mindedness …

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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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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 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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A sacred canopy in college

Image: Canopy Compass Rose installed in Trinity College, Bristol. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. NOTEBOOK SPOTLIGHT: Canopy Compass Rose A church or chapel speaks of orientation.  Through the language of architecture, aspect, and direction, you are invited to reorient yourself with the divine.  Here in Trinity College’s Chapel, the late 18th century Grade II listed building only became a …

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Let the pulpit meet the pews

Back in February, I found myself applying for the gift of a Methodist pulpit, which was being offered to an artist(s) by The Fishermen’s Chapel in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. My proposal met was met with enthusiasm, and follows below. Since then, with thanks to Trinity College, I have also been given two Methodist pews from the …

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