Embracing Manchester by Ghislaine Howard
Homeless Jesus by Timothy Schulz
Alicija by Peacock Productions


PassionArt is pleased to be working with the Centre for Theology and Justice to curate an arts initiative that explores the role the arts are playing in issues of social justice within our cities and communities and to explore how the arts enable engagement in theological reflection on issues of justice. The project aims to enable artists who are actively engaging in practical justice issues to reflect theologically on what they are doing and why and to broaden the understanding of theologians & the Church of how the arts are being used to re-imagine mission through listening and communicating compassion and forgiveness to the most vulnerable; enabling our cities to reflect on and engage with justice themes by the retelling of stories to relate meaningfully to the lives of its inhabitants through music, film, literature, drama, dance, art and it’s galleries, museums libraries and theatres.

We are gathering and sharing resources about artists, artworks and art based projects that are actively expressing issues of social justice that we will make available on this website.

We are commissioning a series of essays by both theologians and those working in the cultural sphere to encourage theological and cultural reflection on various issues of social justice and the role the arts play.

We are hosting a series of ‘Conversations’ with artists, theologians from all faith backgrounds and those working within the cultural sector. I.e gallery and museum curators, composers, poets, writers etc. These recordings will be made available via Sound Cloud and will discuss creative practice, theological reflection and cultural & religious engagement within towns and cities.

We are commissioning an artist residency that will help develop our themes and conversations and result in a final piece of work or exhibition and an artist talk.  The selected artist will be partnered with a theologian to meet with 3 times for them both to theologically and creatively reflect on the chosen theme so that their practice and academic ideas will be broadened. Our first artist is visual word artist Micah Purnell from Manchester.

For more information on this project please contact Lesley Sutton – project co-ordinator and curator at lesley@passionart.uk