For over 20 years, the Faith and the Arts Summer School has been bringing life, joy and creative opportunity to people of all ages from around Australia.
Held over one week each January in Poatina Village, the Summer School gives both beginners and experienced artists the opportunity to explore their creativity in a safe, welcoming space away from the busy-ness and routine of everyday life. This summer, the inspiring and practical residential arts program will be held from 4 to 11 January 2020; a perfect time to enjoy the heart of Tasmania!
“Faith and the Arts gives each person the chance to focus on their choice of creative art form in the context of an enlivening and supportive Christian faith environment,” shares Poatina Arts coordinator, Keith Dougall. The impact on each person is unique, with responses such as, “My experience of FATA has been pivotal in my walk of faith! God has done a deep work of healing in me! This week has been less about what I create and more about what God has created in me!” and:
“I believe FATA offers something important and needed within the Christian Arts world. I think FATA is significant in feeding Christian Arts nationwide and you should not underestimate the long-term impact of what you are doing here.”
In 2017, elective options include working with hot glass, silversmithing, dance, drawing, a-capella gospel singing, sculpting and even food! In a new development this year, participants will be able to choose more than one elective stream as a focus for the week too. “We’re offering some really flexible options,” says Keith.
“You can still focus in one area, but there is scope to do a second elective, to Mix-it-Up and try lots of things, to come for a day or two only, and to even take time out for solitary reflection and exploration in Retreat Mode.”
Faith and the Arts 2020 promises to be a fun-filled week for those wanting to get away and explore their creative potential in a supportive community. To find out more about the Poatina Arts collective and Faith and the Arts visit www.faithandthearts.org.au
Photos by John Englezos at http://johnephotography.pass.us/fata15