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Keswick Unconventional

Keswick Unconventional

Week 3 of Keswick Convention incorporates Keswick Unconventional, an arts programme featuring a range of Christian artists, performers, and leaders. 

As well as running meetings alongside the Main Tent sessions, there are interactive workshops and seminars, to concerts and evening entertainment. 

Keswick Unconventional is based in Base Camp Theatre.

Seminar Track: Art/Music Fulfilling Creation – Andrew Peterson

Mon, Tues | 9:30-10:30am | Base Camp Theatre
  1. The Father of Delights: Art Making and the Redemption of Time
  2. The Morning Star Rises: The Creative Process as Light in the Darkness

Windows on the Word

Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs | 7:30-8:45pm | Base Camp Theatre

An exploration of God’s Word, looking particularly at how stories work, featuring Nate Morgan Locke and Andrew Peterson. Taking a different Bible passage each evening, we’ll see how resurrection stories play out in Scripture and echo into movies, paintings, and works of art today. Expect Bible teaching, live music, art and conversation.

  1. Rückenfigur: Follow Me (John 10:27 and 13:36)
  2. What If vs What Is (John 11:1-44)
  3. Hero’s Journey (John 16:28)
  4. Dove Story (John 1:32)
  5. Hark and Behold (John 1:28)
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Join Ruth Naomi Floyd, Alastair Gordon, Ted Turnau and friends as they reflect on Eph 2 through music, words and art.

We will explore some of Paul’s teaching about understanding our lives as a story, stories that will ultimately have a happy ending, but also take us through hard and uncharted territory.

The dramedy Stranger Than Fiction (2006) can help us here. It’s about a man who learns that he’s a character in someone else’s novel.

Ruth Naomi Floyd, Alastair Gordon and Ted Turnau invite KU guests to reflect on Phil 2 with music, words and art.

We will explore a series of paintings by figurative realist painter Lee Price, and how they illuminate some teachings on Paul why not to be discouraged in our own walks with the Lord.

Ruth, Ally and friends reflect on John 15 through music, art and words.

As artistic beings, we look, see, explore, and discover themes of what it means to be human in this world. But observation is different from bearing witness. To bear witness requires much more. Our art should bear witness to what this life brings. 

Ruth, Ally and KU guests reflect on Genesis 1: 26-28 through music, art and words.

As Christian and artists, we believe in the beauty of Imago Dei. Our artmaking should bear witness to our love and respect for all humanity, even (especially) when crossing barriers that keep us apart. 

Night Shift

Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds | 9:30-10:30pm | Base Camp Theatre

Join James Cary and Rachel Redeemed for an hour of chat, comedy, guests, music, messing around and general theological tummy-tickling.

Exhibition | Graham Oliver

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In addition to our art trail, we are pleased that artist Graham Oliver will be exhibiting pastel drawings in the KU venue.

Graham writes,

“After discovering the unique qualities of pastel my wife and I opened our Salisbury gallery in 1988. Gradually my work has moved from representational landscapes to a more focused attempt to visualize the wonderful promise in Romans 8v21. What will the ‘freedom and glory of the children of God’ look like? What form will the new creation take? How might the medium of pastel realize this?”

Afternoon Workshops

Join a variety of art workshops led by Christians working in the arts. Get creative, learn new crafts and reflect on God’s word. 
In the ‘How To’ Workshops, join James Cary and special guests as they discuss how to write a book, make a podcast, make a YouTube video, and write a screenplay. 
Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs | 2:30-3:30pm | Base Camp Theatre
  1. How to Write a Book: Monday | 2:30-3:30pm
  2. How to Write a Script: Tuesday | 2:30-3:30pm
  3. How to Podcast/Vodcast: Wednesday | 2:30-3:30pm
  4. Meet the Artist – Artist Talk and Q&A with Alistair Gordon: Thursday | 2:30-3:30pm
Mon, Tues, Weds | Base Camp Theatre
  1. Drawing by the Lake: Monday | 2-4pm
  2. Painting in the Landscape: Tuesday | 1-4pm
  3. Drawing by the Lake: Wednesday | 2-4pm
  4. Marks of his Wounds: Wednesday | 3-4:30pm

Cost is £5 per person for materials, please book and pay in advance at the Merchandise Table in the KU venue.

Places are limited for workshops, please book using the link below.

Lunchtime Concerts

Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs | 1.15-2.15pm | Base Camp Theatre

Enjoy a range of music and spoken word performances from KU artists.

Monday: Eilidh Patterson
Tuesday: Stewart Henderson, Yvonne Lyon and Carol Henderson. Following on from their album Vesper Sky, Stewart Henderson, Yvonne Lyon and Carol Henderson debut their new song and poetry collaboration – The Last Brightness of Everything.
Wednesday: John Redeemed and Graham McDonald
Thursday: Michael J Tinker, Sarah Beattie and Guests

Evening Concert


Thursday | 9:15-10:15pm | Main Tent

Join James Cary, Andrew Peterson and a range of KU artists for music, comedy and spoken word performances.

Artist Kaori Homma is back as a residency artist in 2023 following her “Sub-Rosa” exhibition at St. Johns Church in 2021. Contemplating the broader theme of Human, Homma will focus on the notion of Hidden, curating and organising a guided tour which will take the audience through a hidden art trail during Keswick Unconventional 2023.

Find out more about the project and how to use the trail using the button.


What else is happening in Week 3?

Keswick Ministries