Many Friends will remember the Quaker Fellowship of the Arts, which was laid down some years ago. It published a regular magazine , Reynard, and arranged events for Friends to create and share arts together. Today, the continuing uptake of arts-based courses at Woodbrooke and elsewhere, occasional arts events organised by Quaker Meetings, and the work of the Leaveners and the Quaker Tapestry group demonstrates the importance of the arts to many Friends, but we believe there is much more potential to be explored.


Many Friends will remember the Quaker Fellowship of the Arts, which was laid down some years ago. It published a regular magazine , Reynard, and arranged events for Friends to create and share arts together. Today, the continuing uptake of arts-based courses at Woodbrooke and elsewhere, occasional arts events organised by Quaker Meetings, and the work of the Leaveners and the Quaker Tapestry group demonstrates the importance of the arts to many Friends, but we believe there is much more potential to be explored.

The Quaker Arts Network was established following meetings at Friends House in January and Canterbury in July 2011. We held an event at Woodbrooke in November 2012 and became a Listed Informal Group of Britain Yearly Meeting soon after. We have also used our email list to arrange meetings (including a number of exhibition visits) publicise events, including art exhibitions of several members.

Our first AGM was held in 2013 and in 2014 QAN held its first exhibition at Friends' House and negotiated a process for organising further exhibitions in future.


History of QAN