Shieldfield Art Works Blog
A farewell from Alison Merritt Smith
20th November 2019

I hope this blog post reaches you well. I wanted to let you know that from Tuesday 26th November 2019 I will no longer working at Shieldfield Art Works (SAW) as I step down from my responsibilities as Director and move into research based practice with William Leech Research Fellowship and new creative projects. I […]

Print and Protest
4th October 2019

Sister Corita Kent is probably my favourite nun and definitely my favourite pop artist. For those that haven’t heard of this wonderful woman, she taught and practised art at the Immaculate Heart College in California in the ‘60s and ‘70s. She produced brightly coloured screen prints often about God and groceries.  Kent’s life and practice […]

Everybody Wants to Be a Cat
19th September 2019

Hello and welcome. I am Benji, I’m the recent graduate of a BA in Illustration and even more recently the intern at Shieldfield Art Works. At three weeks in I would describe my role so far as a witness – learning all that’s going on in this community, watching, questioning and being amazed by it. […]

Mixing Bowl Tenebrae Evening
18th April 2019

Last month at Mixing Bowl, Andii Bowsher put together a reflective evening inspired by the tradition of ‘Tenebrae’ services.  Tenebrae means darkness or shadows, and services are sometimes called ‘A Service of Shadows’. Tenebrae can be seen as prayerful theatre, with ways to recognise the sadness and tragedies of the world within a framework of bittersweet […]

Cupcakes and Torture Chambers
15th January 2019

‘Art. Hmm. Why are you bothering with that, when you could be evangelising, helping the poor, running a bible study? Or if you must do art, make sure it’s going to bring people to Jesus.’ *** In the 1990s I went to a lot of Bible Weeks. They were fun (at points), hard work (camping) and on occasion […]

Who is my neighbour?
27th November 2018

When I was in junior school I enjoyed drawing maps for the streets between school and home. Our own road – a short cul-de-sac or close, named Little Youngs – usually appeared as a short-toed Christmas stocking dangling down from the main road. There were only 12 houses in the close, so when we heard […]

In this blog, friend of Holy Biscuit Dominic White offers his view on this year’s Berlin Biennale. Dominic goes on to explore how he belives Christian artists could respond to making art, sharing it and building community in this often angry and broken world. He offers an interesting perspective on Christians in the arts which […]

Four Bars Rest
19th October 2018

Rest. A big cup of tea and couple of dunky biscuits. A thirty second pause on the way up the hill. A rock-climber taking a few moments to straighten out cramped fingers. A glorious month between the football ending and the football starting again. A day of not working after six days of working. A […]

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