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Art Workshop

April 19 2024 - April 21 2024

This exciting weekend of Art and creativity is led by Ally Gordon who will be opening up what the Bible says about working in Art today.

The workshop will feature Bible teaching slots in the mornings and practical sessions in the afternoon out and about around Keswick. Each session will be rooted in scripture and illustrated with examples from art.

There will be time to meet other Christians in the Arts, enjoy the beautiful Lakes and make some art while you’re here!

“An amazing opportunity to connect with other artists of faith and learn helpful skills in a stunning landscape!”

Workshop Leader

Alastair Gordon

Alastair is a London based artist, lecturer and a founding director of Morphē Arts, a mentoring charity for Christians in the Creative Arts. He is a regular speaker at Christian events but works professionally in the art world. Alastair is course leader for the professional practice graduate programme at the Leith School of Art, Edinburgh.

Morning Bible Sessions Overview

Saturday Morning 1: The Creativity of God

In the beginning God created. We only need to look five words into the bible to see creativity is at the heart of God’s character. In the Genesis account we see a blueprint for the arts I the creation story. We see how God creates with dignity, rhythm, diversity, order and perhaps even intuition. At the start we see the imagination of God worked out in his reoccurring anthem, ‘Let there be… and it was good’. How else can we respond but like the creation itself who declare he glory of God.

Saturday Morning 2: Eyes for Art
Where God creates, humans make. Scripture offers distinctive language for human art including words that indicate design, worship and bringing forth. From Genesis, the nature of art is connected with ideas of beauty and truth. We consider the art of Adam as first human and artist in the bible. From here we look at the first art collaboration in the bible and their designer leader, Bezalel, the first described as filled with the Spirit.

Sunday Morning 1: Through a Glass, Darkly
As all creation became subject to the fall so also the arts remain broken. In this session we see how art became an idol of hearts and minds for God’s people. We also consider how God works through art to punch holes in the darkness, offering healing, balm and even lament through music, words and pictures. Even in the darkness we see glimpses of the new creation.

Sunday Morning 2: Cleaning Windows in the New Creation
The new creation is so good it cannot help but seep through. In this final lecture we consider how the arts are being renewed through the work of God’s Spirit and may point us towards his return. We consider the abundance of the new creation, offered in glimpses now through the arts. We reflect on the possibilities for art in the life yet to come and how that may influence the way we make and review art today.

Who Is It For?

The weekend is designed for Christians who work in the visual arts but all are welcome.

Please note that some workshops will require access to the surrounding hills for which delegates should expect walking activity and heights


Accommodation is not provided and should be organised on an individual basis. 

There are plenty of bed and breakfasts, hostels, hotels and self-catering cottages to choose from in Keswick.

Keswick Ministries also has a number of rooms in its Skiddaw St Centre available. Rooms will be available to book on a first come, first serve basis. For the cost and further information contact bookings@keswickministries.org.

Cost and Venue

The retreat will be held at Keswick Ministries, in Keswick Cumbria. The price includes all refreshments and meals. Costs for the event are as follows:

  • £80 registration fee
  • £60 student registration

To register and pay please complete the registration form below or for further information contact Carolyn on carolyn.south@keswickministries.org or on 017687 80075 option 4.


Cancellation Policy

We understand that there may be situations in which you need to cancel your place. Cancellations made up to 7 days before the event will receive 90% refund. Cancellations made less than 7 days before the event will receive 50% refund. Cancellations made on the day of the event will not receive a refund.



April 19 2024
April 21 2024
Event Category:
Keswick Ministries