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Seminar 7:
What Have Artists to Say to the Churches?

A visitor to many Australian churches would notice that certain styles and periods of art and music dominate – those generally regarded as appropriate for the subject matter and setting. Western gothic, or various kinds of icons are obvious examples. Other idioms are far less obvious, or are largely absent.

How many churches have a twentieth century abstract as an altarpiece?
When did a church that you know last commission music from a living, working composer?
What does this tell us about the relationship between the churches, artists and the wider culture?
Are artists just servants of the institution (like anonymous medieval craftsmen), or is their creativity and originality a channel for new 'words' that we need to hear?

Two artists – Philip Nicholls, a full-time musician, and Glenn Mack, a glass artist with many commissions both sacred and secular – will reflect on what they enjoy about working for churches, and what they would like to do – but are not always free to carry out.

Colin Holden will present an overview as a cultural historian, and chair discussion.

Date Saturday 14 July
Time 10.00 am - 3.30 pm
Venue St Peter's, Eastern Hill
Cost $32 (concession: $27)   light 2 course lunch provided
Conductor Dr Colin Holden
is an Honorary Fellow in the History Department, University of Melbourne, and is the author of a number of books.
Those with special dietary requirements due to a medical condition are asked to contact the organizers prior to the date of the seminar to discuss the matter.

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