Visual Arts

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The Department of Visual Arts of the Commission of Worship aims to promote a deeper understanding of the relationship between the visual arts and worship. It also aims to encourage the use of visual arts in worship through initiating activities throughout the church and by acting as a resource and contact point for questions relating to this area.

The goals of the department are:

  • to identify the existing specific needs for visual art in congregations and identify the talents of people which could be used to fill those needs
  • to encourage congregations to consider the wider use of visual arts in worship and to identify local talents, or if these are not available, provide assistance in referring suitable people
  • to assist in the formation of special-interest groups of artists and craftspeople where such groups are viable and meet a specific need
  • to organise forums for discussion of topics related to art and worship
  • to communicate and demonstrate new possibilities for the use of art in worship.

Workshop Presentations

In 2009 the LCA Visual Arts Department held a workshop in Adelaide. Each session was presented by a member of the department. This resource is shared as a way of encouraging congregations in the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) to consider designing visual arts installations for their worship spaces in order to help communicate the gospel.

Click on the links below to download workshop presentation video files.

Artists Register

This register has been compiled to assist congregations and other church organisations who may be interested in commissioning artists and craftspeople with suitable talents and skills.

This register is for information only. The Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) and its departments do not endorse or recommend any of those listed on the register. We suggest that the artists be contacted direct to discuss the commission. Click here to view the register.

The Department of Visual Art has published guidelines to assist those people who are unfamiliar with the process of commissioning an artist.

Artists who wish to be included on this register should contact the secretary of the Department of Visual Arts, Janise Fournier.

Ecclesiastical Textile Art

Information and advice previously provided through the Lutheran Textile Artists Fellowship is now available through the Department of Visual Arts. The contact person is

Jan Kaesler
PO Box 237, Tintinara SA 5266
phone 08 8121 5232
mobile 0408 537 722
email djkaesler@internode.on.net

Resources

  • The Purpose of the Visual Art in Worship - a Commission on Worship statement
  • The Department of Visual Arts has assumed oversight of the fabric bank formerly managed by the Lutheran Textile Artists Fellowship. This fabric bank is held at Bethlehem House, Sudholz Place, Adelaide, phone 08 8223 6662. It is available for anyone working on an ecclesiastical textile project. Anyone who donates fabrics to this bank may then also take whatever fabrics they need for any particular project. A monetary donation may also be left at the Bethlehem office, marked for Department of Visual Arts.
  • Books, magazines and videos acquired by the Lutheran Textile Artists Fellowship are now available through the Löhe Library at Australian Lutheran College, 104 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide SA 5006.
  • An alb pattern is available for hire from Janise Fournier.

Visual Arts Installations

The LCA Visual Arts department asked congregations to submit examples of their visual arts installations. Submissions were received from:

  • Grace Lutheran College, Rothwell, Qld

    Click here to view Grace Lutheran College Visual Arts display.
    ‘We made a template of the dove chose the shades of blue to purple and white to red; gave out the A4 cardboard sheets to classes; the students wrote prayers on them and cut them out; and some were decorated (as some students like to do) the congregations that meet inour chapel also particpated. The property maintenance men accepted the challenge of rigging up the circles; A local tradesman made the circles out of aluminium and rigged up the cables; We have it so it can be lowered down. We made strands of the doves threading wool through them then tied them on to the rings; the inner group more fiery with red oranges etc anyway it ended up looking pretty good’ the original idea was found at http://ecva.org/congregations/resources.html.

  • St Johns Ipswich, Qld

    Click here to view the St Johns Ipswich Visual Arts display.
    "This is a photo from the Pentecost service in 2008, at St John's Lutheran Church at Ipswich. Our Head 2 Heart kids donned party hats, blew tooters and processed down the aisle with the cake. We used red balloons, streamers and cellophane. The wall above the altar features a beautiful flame collage that Linda Hinsch, one of our talented mum's designed. The photgraph was taken by Jenny Schiller." - Amanda Huf Pastoral Care Coordinator

  • St Peters Elizabeth, SA

    Click here to view the St Peters Elizabeth display.
    St Peter’s Elizabeth has a group that regularly decorates their worship space for church festivals. Here are some of their displays.

Department of Visual Arts Gallery

Permission is granted to download and print any item in this gallery. To view a larger image in the gallery, click on the image.

 

 

Visual Arts Awards 2008

In 2008 the LCA Visual Arts Department again celebrated the use of the visual arts in worship through its Visual Arts Awards.

The awards were run under the theme:

What do you see? – I see Jesus

I see a church whose worship spaces are being enriched by the use of visual arts.
I see people engaged with the gospel through the use of visual arts in worship.
I see people growing and sharing their faith through visual arts.

In many congregations, schools and institutions worship is being enriched with visual arts.

In the following PPT files you will find presentations that can be downloaded and shared to help promote the use of visual arts in your church. The presentations contain images received for the 2008 awards.

Visual Arts Awards 2006

Results, and comments of judges

Preamble

The judges want to commend all the entrants for the very high standard of entries, and for the way that they involve so many members of their congregations, especially the schools. The schools were particularly good at involving the children, and combining their work in the entries.

It was a very difficult decision, arriving at winners, because of the diversity of the art forms; the judges loved the way that different congregations used art to bridge the age gaps, so children were able to connect art and worship and make visual art part of their worship from a very early age.

The judges decided to award three Highly Commended certificates:

1.    Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory

Their series of banners showed extremely strong symbols that worked visually very well as a unified set; the judges liked the way these banners did not need to rely on words (or type) because they were just visual; they encouraged reflection on the artwork as a whole. They were also very elegant; not overly complex, but offered the viewer the opportunity to explore them and understand the work.

 

2.    St Lukes, Albury, New South Wales

The wood panels were a labour of love. The judges admired the tactile nature of the work; it was “3D". They particularly admired the sensitive placement of the artworks in the church; it was carefully thought about, and well done. These are artworks primarily for children, to touch and feel the story, as they were in relief. They are in the narthex in a special place for children to go and have a look and feel.

 

3.    Our Redeemer, Warracknabeal, Victoria

Although the tomb was only an Easter installation, it worked because it was so simple and so clear and aesthetically not overly complex; it enhanced the church, which was otherwise reasonably plain. Other parishes did a tomb, but this one did it very well.

 

4.    THE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

SEAFORD LUTHERAN PARISH

The judges chose this Ecumenical Garden because it is a living example of ecumenical co-operation. It offered both permanence and the change which a garden provides, and is a very beautiful symbol of unity. The use of natural space to enhance worship was commended by the judges, also the fact that it is a permanent work, not something that can be taken down. It is both permanent and a symbol of unity, but the garden can change as a garden does.

The judges commended the use of a fountain as an altar when the garden is used as a physical worship space; it is a space in which one can actually go and worship.

In a sense it is unique because it was the only one of that kind of thing – an architectural feature - that was submitted. It is also the only work that is living, and therefore evolving.

To enhance worship, the permanent things were the important things; some things can be around for three days and then disappear, along with the memory of those things, but this will always be there. All the members of the different denominations that use this Centre have to walk through the garden to get to the churches. It is a unifying aspect for the different denominations, something which is sadly lacking in human beings these days.

The garden requires constant nurturing because it is a garden – the same can be said of all living things.