At the Awakening Arts Network we recognise that collaboration and co-operation are essential in developing a vision that integrates the global community of art and making deepening inspiration and opening up through the created work and the viewer the infinite and the divine within us all.
The Art and Spirituality Network is a UK based group that resonates with the aims of the Awakening Arts Network. They aim to provide a supportive and challenging space for people to find spiritual fellowship and nourishment through making art.
“The Art and Spirituality Network first established its roots in the North West in 1993 when a group of artists and activists wished for a space to create and reflect together. Our first retreat took place in an old warehouse in Salford – imagine a huge wooden floor with a pile of art materials in the centre and hours of time. Since then we have been organising workshops and retreats across the British Isles designed to help us explore our faith and search for meaning through creativity. Our venues and locations have included Bradford Interfaith Centre, Inis Mor (one of the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway), Snowdonia, Derbyshire and Sussex . We have tried to choose themes that spark inspiration and curiosity: ‘Burning Skies, Rushing Word, Touching Wind’, ‘The Art of Prayer’ and ‘Wisdom from the Wilderness’. Our workshops have brought a myriad of different forms of expression together – processes as diverse as puppet making, printmaking, beach sculpture, biodanza, t’ai chi and storytelling. Ranging from day events to ten day residentials we have led sessions for a wide spectrum of groups including Glasgow’s St Mungo’s Museum, Church Action on Poverty, United Religions Initiative, colleges and schools. Our workshops are open to people of all faiths or none and we welcome those of no artistic experience and active artists. Since we are a network we actively encourage and offer advice to those who want to lead retreats in their locality. Since the Nineties our events have tended to be based in the South of England although we wish to promote workshops in every corner of the country and encourage folk to suggest new locations and host communities. In a nutshell we aim to create a supportive and challenging space for people to find meaning, comradeship and enjoyment through art.”
As we move forward uniting the earth in forms of art and making that transform lives and contribute to individual meaning and societal change it is essential that co-creative webs of influence and evolution develop a coherent discourse that talks to individuals and the new engaging communities informing liquid networks of human evolutionary potential.
The Art and Spirituality network hold events, workshops and talks throughout London and the South of England and have an active group of members throughout the UK. Information and contact details see Art and Spirituality Network.