Sketchbook Stories: Art-Making and the Inner World

In this contribution, Mariah Ziemer shares how her own work as a visual artist affects her inner world of thought and feeling, therefore shaping her spirituality. Specifically, she explores how drawing helps her process the idea of liminal space and moments of tension. Mariah studied studio art and theology at Biola University (California, USA) before … Read more

Two triads and a duet

Given the exceptionally broad scope of the student-led collaborations, our participants’ initial task was to narrow down their field of interest. The partnerships – organised into two ‘triads’ and a ‘duet’ – have each adopted a distinctive approach in their choice of subject, art forms, and potential outcomes. They have now refined their chosen subjects … Read more

Mindfulness and Everyday Aesthetic Experiences

In this contribution, James Ursell considers whether aesthetic experiences contained within our daily lives may echo the Buddhist practice of mindfulness. The intersection between religious experience, theology, and aesthetic practice is a core interest of the TheoArtistry student-led collaborations. James is a final year PhD student at the University of St Andrews and works on … Read more

Contemplating the ‘blank canvas’

Beginnings can be a tricky thing. As the 2018/19 TheoArtistry collaborations take form, each of our three student-led partnerships have commenced the task of creating their own innovative research projects. The first step in this process is narrowing down their research topic and the art forms they will utilise to explore creative methodologies in theology. … Read more

Creating Partnerships: Introducing our Student-Led Collaborations

The new TheoArtistry scheme has begun! Hosted by the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA), postgraduate researchers at the University of St Andrews have been invited to bring their expertise, creativity, and curiosity to the task of developing creative methodologies in theological research. They will undertake unique and cutting-edge research projects through creative collaboration, … Read more