Calling all artists

We would love an artist to come and work with us over a five week period (or longer – if you fancy it).

You don’t need to be a Christian but you do need to appreciate that we are and that some of our themes will be (but we are very excited about the way in which those themes might be interpreted by others)

Basically we want someone to come and work with us and help us to think creatively about some of the major narratives of our Christian heritage. It can be paint, sculpture, mixed medium or stuff we can’t even think of yet.

We (about 20 adults and 15 children) meet every Sunday at 3pm in Kidsgrove and would love someone to help us explore our creative potential. We can’t pay you – but we can give you a lot of exposure (online and offline) and we have loads of room if you wanted to exhibit and/or sale (and a very trendy coffee bar that we can staff) we might even be able to offer you some temporary studio space (permanent with a bit of negotiating).

So if you fancy a residency for five or so weeks get in touch. If you’re not sure but want to try a one off – then get in touch.

We would love to hear from you.

If you’re not the arty type then please spread the word.


Kidsgrove Painting (30.12.12)


This is what the artist, Maz Deacon, has to say about the painting:

Just off centre is pure white – the ideal, the perfect the beautiful, the Spirit of God. Flowing from it is love (a heart) joined by other hearts. This is the love of this community – open and hopefully rough around the edges but joining and flowing together.

Leading from the bottom of the painting up to the bright central part is a pathway – it’s about a journey – it is not straight/smooth or predictable.

God can be found at the place of greatest tension in the painting. Where the colours shout at each other the most.

The (?) question mark asks us what next as individuals, as a community, how to be in this community? How to be in relationship within families, couples, sisters, brothers, friends and lovers.

‘names’ reminds us of the people who will be part of this community who are not known yet. They may be part of it for a few hours, weeks, months or years.

Finally, holding the painting together around the edges are softer, muted, colours holding the tensions and ‘journeying together. They provide rest and peace a place just to be.

The entire painting is full of movement and contrast as this is given with love for a community who are not static but on the move seeking and following God’s will together.