Bishop Otter Scholar

Bishop Otter Scholar 2017-2020. Curatorial and research role for the Diocese of Chichester, with King’s College London.

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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Bishop Otter Scholar: closing thoughts

Images from left: Visual Theology conference at the Bishop’s Palace (2018); Sara Mark at the Chapel of the Ascension, University of Chichester (2018); Alys Tomlinson at Chichester Cathedral (2019). Photographs Sheona Beaumont. This month my position as Bishop Otter Scholar comes to an end, after 3 years in the role. My time has been full …

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Art’s generous interface on screen

Image: Grayson Perry at Salisbury Cathedral, 2020, experienced virtually. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. Last month I considered some problems around theology on screen. I was drawn in to media discussions about the effects of worshipping differently, in lockdown – and on the communication of theological ideas when such worshipping happens primarily online, via Zoom or …

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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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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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Sounds of a summer visual theology

On holiday in France this year, I am staying with my family in an old 3-storied house in the Loire.  It is full of beams, right next door to a church. The village is quiet, the houses silent, the shop fronts closed.  The summer air hangs over the place, people aren’t around. But the bells.  The bells ring out …

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Pastiche Mass with Mark Dean

On a Thursday in Lent, I found myself at Chelsea College of Art, in their Banqueting Hall, for an evening performance/service by Mark Dean, Pastiche Mass. Supported in his position as Chaplain at the College, Mark presided over a service that included the invitation to receive communion, as well as the traditionally sung elements such …

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