The Creative Year is a 100+ colour plate arts publication written, designed and compiled by myself and commissioned by St Michael & All Angels Church, Bristol, following my artist residency there. The book celebrates the work of creative practitioners - artists, musicians, writers and many others - whose work and practices have fed into the life and culture of the church and parish. The book is arranged around the six seasons of the liturgical year, their many festivals and commemorations. Contributors have variously reflected on the artworks presented in the book, their own associations with the church and other related experiences. The Creative Year contains contributions from ca. 50 contributors, and forewords from The Rt Revd Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol and from Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol Cathedral.
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The Creative Year highlights the arts as language – a mode of communication that impacts on the emotional self through the use of symbols, context and aesthetic 'grammar'. The book is a joy and shows in detail how, through the medium of art, our personal selves and individual narratives connect with our corporate human narrative ... It is an amazing resource: every church in the Diocese should have a copy, though I also see it as providing a resource for church communities across the country and, indeed, for anyone interested in how art and faith co-exist on the ground today... // Revd Erica Bebb, Associate Minister, Christ Church, Bristol; Pastor for the Arts, Christ Church and the Diocese of Bristol // Excerpt from longer review, read more here.
Fabulous; an important book for presenting some serious integration between art and church, not just decorative icing of the one on top of the other // Sheona Beaumont; photographer and writer; PhD researcher into Art & Theology, University of Gloucestershire // www.shospace.co.uk // contributor to the book.
What a marvelous book, truly inspirational. Thank you for it and for all the creative work you've encouraged and uncovered // Revd Canon Neville Boundy; author and retired Anglican parish priest; patron, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF) // contributor.
The Creative Year is excellent, very well produced, inspiring and an example of the Spirit in action, and a record we would like to have. Please convey our congratulations, and thanks, to Jane for so concluding her time as Artist in Residence // Eric and Audrey Gordon (retired), Seaton, Devon // contributor's family.
Have a look at this book, "The Creative Year" by Jane Lee. There's a picture of the front cover below. It takes you through the Christian year, with all sorts of exciting and stimulating visual images. It's a cracker. The writer was artist in residence at St Michael & All Angels, Windmill Hill, Bristol [...] There were some at Aslan Books next to St Stephen's Church, but you will need to contact them to find out if they are still in stock. As it starts with Advent, this is a good time to buy one // Revd Dru Brooke-Taylor; Associate Minister, Holy Trinity Hotwells with St Stephens in the City, Bristol // https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009484226153&fref=nf