Past Events 2014

Quaker Arts at Yearly Meeting Gathering
A major arts programme was mounted at the 2014 YMG curated by Rebecca Bellamy and the YMG team. YMG Arts Page 
AGM Quaker Arts Network

 at Yearly Meeting Gathering at Bath University, on Tuesday 5 August from 13:00 - 14:00 in the Chancellor’s Building, room CB 4.5. There will be much to consider as we report on our first year’ s activity and consider priorities for the future. 
A workshop and social event with the Art and Spirituality Network led byJohn Harley and Nicky Teverson Friday 13th June 2014 2.30pm – 10pm at The Farmhouse, Blackness lane, Keston, Kent BR2 6HR (those who wish can camp on the Friday night and have breakfast in the morning) Cost: Friday afternoon creative workshop - £15, Barbeque - £15, overnight stay and breakfast - £15). Reductions available if needed: Advance booking essential
Peace Art Exhibition
Little Wedlock Gallery
15th June 2014 - 6th July 2014. Ann Gregson is one of five artists participating in this exhibition at Little Wedlock Gallery , Gumfreston, Tenby, West Wales. This looks like a lovely event with a full programme of diverse activity. Download leaflet here
Artist Retreat, Congenies. 10-15 May. In the South of France.
Residential calligraphy workshop - Congenies Quaker Centre, South of France - 17 - 22nd April Led by Bridget Dommen. See:
A day workshop with the Art and Spirituality Network led by John Harley,and Elaine Giles Sunday 18th May 2014 11.00am – 4.30pm at Chelsea Physic Garden.
Entrance in Swan Walk,Off 66 Royal Hospital,Road, Chelsea LONDON SW3 4HS Cost:£ 45 – to include £9.90 entry fee, teas/coffees.
Advance booking essential via artandspirituality(at) More information from: 
Open house as part of the Eastbourne Festival Sat April 26 and Sunday April 22. Anyone in the vicinity welcome to call. 5 Garden Mews 15 Beachy Head Road Eastbourne 10am - 5pm Parking in side streets. Information at
Report on Street Quakers Connections exhibition

Street Quakers - Connections
'In Silence' by Denise Allan– Swarthmoor Hall – 28 Oct - 20 Dec 2013 and 6 Jan - 28 Mar 2014, Mon – Fri 11am - 3pm (Sunday 1-4pm by appointment only)
In Silence: a hidden hall revealed is an exhibition by Denise Allan, artist in residence. Each exhibit is a response to one or more entries from The Household Account Book of Sarah Fell, and subtly reflects the minutiae of daily life carried out by the Fell family at the Hall and within the surrounding landscape.
Saturday 22 March: Yorkshire Sculpture Park:

QAN in Yorkshire, 10:30 - 12 noon. Informal get together for anyone interested. Free.

Messages out of the Blue, 1pm - 8pm. A study day exploring the light art of James Turrell with speakers knowledgeable about art and Quakerism and a dusk sitting in his skyspace. Presented by Yorkshire Quaker Arts Projects and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. £15 (includes refreshments and parking); advance booking required.
Details at

Booking at
"Moving Towards Forgiveness through Art"

Workshop led by Marian Liebman's - Wandsworth Meeting House, Saturday 8th March London with the Art and Spirituality Network. See:
Exhibition of Simon Kewer's Paintings - Sprout Art Gallery, 18th February - 1st March, 10am - 5pm, Tues - Sat.

This community based gallery is located at 74 Moyser Road, Furzedown, Streatham, London, SW16 6SQ. If you cannot make it there during the show his work can also be seen at Simon Kewer Artist on Facebook.
Images of Peace at Bradford Peace Museum - on now until end March

Margaret Glover is a Quaker who is also a contemporary artist and peace activist. She combines her two passions (art and peace) through her artwork. Bobbie Burgers, an artist, said "Brush stroke and colour are key. The subject doesn't matter after that". Contrary to this, the subject matter of Glover's work is vital. It is a fascinating social and historical record of peace activism as depicted through the individuals, scenes and messages featured in her work. Images of Peace will be on display in the temporary exhibition area until the end of March 2014. Details at

Past Events 2013

'Exploring Conflict Through Art' workshop – Wandsworth Meeting House, 18th January led by Linda Murgatroyd 
'Art Under Attack' Tate Britain – 6th December. Meet at 4.15 in the cafe after seeing the exhibition. Book your own ticket to the show.
Saturday 3 November 2013
The Naylor Passion – in Birmingham with the Leaveners. Join the choir (male voices especially sought) and rehearse the week before, or just come to the performance. Details
Sunday November 17th 2013 Exhibition/ Sale of 140 of John Perkin's Paintings. At Newbury Quaker Meeting, 2 - 4pm
East-West Art Award 2013. Exhibition for the finalists. 22nd – 26th October. at La Galleria, Pall Mall, London. Featuring Isa Levy's work.
Colour our Prayers: QAN day at Woodbrooke. Sunday October 6th 2013.

Bookings are now open for this one day workshop which will be led by Anne McNeil and June Buffery.

Quaker Connections' exhibition
Saturday 21st September - Sunday 6th October 2013 at:
Street Quaker Meeting House, 36 High Street, Street, BA16 OEQ
September 2013: Judith Bromley Nichol's Climb up to the Moor exhibition at Castleton and Edale Visitor Centres, Peak District National Park.
Sunday 20th October 2013, 2pm at Woodbrooke, Birmingham Launch of the new anthology of modern Quaker poets in the Cadbury Room, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, A Speaking Silence: Quaker Poets of Today, edited by R V Bailey and Stevie Krayer. Contributors will read poems from the book. This anthology of 20th and 21st century Quaker poets features U.A. Fanthorpe, Philip Gross, Gerard Benson, Ann Drysdale and many more, ranging from much-published writers to previously unknown talents. The first such collection for over a hundred years, it represents a major literary event for British Quakers.
The Quaker Tapestry will be at Newbury Meeting House in October 2013
Caroline Coode held an open Studio event and 75th birthday celebration in Newcastle upon Tyne, July 2013.
Saturday July 2013, Isa Levy's workshop Making Art through the Spirit of Music, Rhythm and Stillness. An Art and Spirituality Network event.
John Creed exhibition at Fresh Air, July 2013. It was an outdoor exhibition of sculpture at Quenington Sculpture Trust, Quenington Old Rectory, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5BN. 
Penny Robbins exhibition from Thursday 20th to Monday 24th June 2013, at Central Islington Library of water colours, weaving, scarves, blankets, clothing, handwoven and art textiles.
Ann Johnson exhibition at the Hop Gallery in Lewes, East Sussex, from 8 - 20 June
Jill Green's exhibition at Oxfordshire Artweeks in May.
AGM 2013 at Yearly Meeting It was great to see so many of you at the QAN launch event in the Small Meeting House at Yearly Meeting this year – about 50 people turned up and it was lovely to see your faces after so many faceless emails!
At our inaugural AGM we made a number of appointments and agreed that our next AGM would be at next year's Yearly Meeting in Bath in early August. We hope many of you will be there, and that the residential week will provide more opportunities for conversations and arts events.
We will need to start to think about this in good time; let us know if you would like to be involved in the planning.  
Article by Elinor Smallman published in The Friend - "Art as Ministry" (pdf)
This was the first all-day event organised by the Quaker Arts Network, which now has around 90 Friends on its email list. 17 Friends attended part or all of this event, and a number of others contributed offers of support.

It was lovely to see a variety of small pieces of art work brought by some of those who came, and also a few from other members of the network. These ranged from small cards, paintings, drawings and a journal in art to mosaic, sculpture, film and a website. What riches! There wasn't time to do this work justice but it whetted our appetites for more.

We spent much of the day talking and listening, including discerning and minuting a concern to seek to establish ourselves as a Listed Informal Group of BYM, and to establish our own website. We were unable to explore many of the other matters raised in threshing, such as the wish to see more exhibitions of Quaker art in central venues (such as Friends House), to share and develop our experience of using art in healing, to "fight the darkness", in spiritual inreach and outreach and as a part of our Quaker ministry, and to ensure that a record or archive of key 20th and 21st century Quaker art is kept.

We hope that establishing our group more firmly, and appointing a wider group of Friends to take on the planning and holding of this concern, will enable further meetings of different kinds to be held, and to support the initiatives and work of Quaker artists more generally.

A precious part of our day together was in making art together, contemplating our experience of connections between our inward and outward selves and Quaker worship. One participant described this as "a form of worship with wonderful depth" which meetings might want to consider using occasionally. The whole day felt deeply worshipful, and many Friends expressed a sense of "coming home".

Olive Tree by Jill Green

Always the Deepening - poem [pdf]

preparing exhibition at wandsworth

Preparing Arts & Crafts exhibition, Wandsworth 2005
Yearly Meeting AGM 2013

Climb up to the Moor