Pierced by Lesley Sutton
Gatherings for artists
Antony Gormley 'Filter'
The Good Thief by
PassionArt explores the way art and faith impact our everyday lives. Our mission is to recover beauty, stillness and compassion at the heart of our communities through colletive acts of creativity.
Curating exhibitions and projects that partner with both secular and sacred spaces we aim to build bridges between faith and community to promote wellbeing, cohesiveness and cultural and social transformation.
We support and encourage Christian artists to work within their cultural spheres through our monthly Creatives gatherings. We aim to nurture individuals and families, churches and communities to re-engage with creativity through the celebration of Christian festivals using different forms of collective creative activity, creative family living and an appreciation of beauty across all generations and between cultures, knowing that beauty crosses all boundaries of language by speaking directly to the soul.
We explore issues around art and faith through exhibitions, projects, teaching, resourcing and creative gatherings.
Based in Manchester we have built links and partnerships with churches and cultural institutions to encourage the creative exploration of Christian festivals and to integrate faith, beauty and creative practice within the community. We aim to push creative boundaries using contemporary art and installation to visually critique our time and culture and to consider ways to increase beauty and hope in our place.
We hold monthly Creative Gatherings to nurture and support both the spiritual and creative life of visual artists, and have a small arts and faith library that people can borrow from.
We offer seminars and workshops on using the arts in both church and community to encourage creativity within the home as part of exploring and sharing faith together particularly around the Christian festivals of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Harvest.
PassionArt is a charity served by a small group of volunteers and led by artist and curator Lesley Sutton.
Lesley has worked with churches and community groups for more than 30 years and in the cultural sector for around 15 years, qualified to MA level in the visual arts, she has led a number of community arts projects, curated gallery exhibitions and worked as an arts co-ordinator in church.
Lindsay Grant is a photographer who is also wonderful at administration.
Richard Williamson is a classically trained musician and lead viola for the Manchester Camerata, he also leads Epiphany Music an adaptable music ensemble of professional musicians offering creative musical events with an emphasis on improvisation and innovation.
Micah Purnell is a graphic designer and word artist who makes all our projects and publications look slick and meaningful.
Rachel Ho is ceramic artist whose sensitive work explores the vulnerability and brokenness of the human condition.
If you would like to contact us for more information about any of our work, or to invite us to work alongside you to develop an arts and faith project or ‘Creatives’ group in your area then please email.
Contact lesley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity No: 1160894