TheoArtistry: practical perspectives in 'theologically informed art'

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This article reviews the TheoArtistry Composers’ Scheme (2016–2018), in light of the developing concept of ‘theologically informed art’. Based at the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts (ITIA) (University of St Andrews), the scheme partnered emerging theologians and composers to create six new choral settings of Hebrew Bible ‘annunciations’. In addition to producing new music, the project became a practical touchstone for reinvigorating dialogues between theologians and practising artists, as well as Christians and non-Christians. First, the author assesses the scheme’s contributions to the study and practice of theologically informed art in the future. Second, she outlines some methodological issues associated with the scheme’s unique breadth of participants. Finally, she assesses ecclesiological and theological ambiguities within the scheme. The author argues that clarifying these ambiguities expands horizons for future collaborations in theologically informed art.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal for the Study of the Christian Church
VolumeLatest Articles
Early online date9 Nov 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Nov 2018


  • Theology
  • Art
  • Interdisciplinary inquiry
  • Theological education
  • Practical theology
  • Music
  • Methodologies


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