This lecture explored the ways in which the figure of Jesus has appeared in the history of Australian art.
Rev Dr Rod Pattenden is an art historian and theologian interested in the power of images. He considers that looking at art helps us see more clearly the culture we inhabit and what shapes our faith, hopes, and desires in this complex postmodern era. Rod has written and lectured widely on art and spirituality in Australia and for many years was the Chair of the Blake Prize for Religious Art. He is currently minister of the Adamstown Uniting Church where he leads a vibrant arts and community development ministry.
In February 2019, I will be coordinating and teaching an intensive class on Theology and the Arts at Whitley College in Melbourne. The class is an introductory-level doorway into a range of other related subjects, including those on film, on imagination, on poetry, and on creativity and spirituality. It is aimed at practising artists, theologians, curators, pastoral workers, and anybody else with interests in the arts and/or Christian theology.
This year, I am delighted to announce that a number of wonderful people will also be contributing: Peter Blackwood, Anne Mallaby, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Safina Stewart, Christina Rowntree, Rod Pattenden, Joel McKerrow, and Libby Byrne.
The class is open to all, and is available for study credits at Undergraduate or Postgraduate levels, or you can participate as an Audit student.
For more information about the class, or to apply, visit here.
JASON GORONCY IS A THEOLOGIAN, ARTIST, AND TRY-HARD POET WHO LIVES AND PLAYS ON WURUNDJERI LAND.