Diocese of Chester's Arts and Faith Network

The Diocese of Chester has an Arts and Faith Network. If you have been involved in an arts project or are considering this in the future, please get in touch.


Art, Artefacts and Conservation

Guidance on how to care for church treasures is available from the Church of England’s ChurchCare website, which provides advice including how to manage a conservation project, caring  and protecting church treasures, display cases, grants and introducing new art

Ideas for Arts Engagement projects

  • Community art classes
  • Arts healing workshops, classes or events
  • Community art event
  • Art exhibition
  • Art installation in the church building, for example, sculptural piece in the galleries
  • Performance- music, drama, dance, poetry...
  • Schools project
  • Commissioning art work as a permanent feature in the church building and/or grounds
  • Guided tours or interpretation of the church with an arts and architecture focus

Christian Arts organisations

  • Diocese of Chester: Arts & Faith Network. The Arts & Faith Network have produced a list of artists offering workshops, exhibitions and performance for parishes and communities. See the 'RESOURCES' section of their webpage.
  • The Anchor Foundation support Christian charities concerned with social inclusion particularly through ministries of healing and the arts, including offering grants
  • Art and Christianity Enquiry provides a wealth of information oneducational projects and publications, advice, information and skills. See their section 'Ecclesiart' for a list of national art commissions and installations in places of worship- great inspiration!
  • Art and Sacred Places  provide a national arts consultancy and commissioning agency which specialises in promoting interaction between faith and the contemporary visual arts
  • Christian Arts  are an ecumenical organisation supporting artists. They run an annual conference and have a newsletter for members
  • Christian Arts Trust. A charity dedicated to the advancement of the Christian faith and promoting and encouraging appreciation of Christian arts. They run a small grants scheme.
  • Church of England ChurchCare offers advice on commissioning new art
  • Cottham Will Trust  (administered by Friends of Friendless Churches) provides small grants for commissioning new works of art in medieval churches
  • Art Alive in Churches. Useful inspiration to see what's happening in Dioceses in East Anglia
  • One Friday- a new ecumenical initiative to support churches across the nation in running community arts projects around the themes of Good Friday

Local authority Arts Development teams

It may be useful to make links with Arts Development Officers, if your area has such as post. They may be able to assist with finding artists for running events or commissioning art work:

  • Cheshire East Details of the Arts Team and arts/heritage provision in the area.
  • Cheshire West and Chester Details of the Arts Team and information on arts activities and groups in the area, as well as guidance on planning activities.
  • YourCheshireWest also has useful information on the arts
  • Cheshire West and Chester Voluntary Arts Network. A new organisation is being set up to act as a coordinating body for voluntary arts groups across Cheshire West and Chester. Sign up to their regular ArtsLink e-bulletin by sending them an email.
  • Chainlinks enewsletter . A enewsletter from Cheshire West and Chester Council. Sign up to receive regular information about arts in the area
  • Halton The Arts Development Team is based at the Brindley Arts Centre and can offer guidance on developing an arts project in the area
  • Stockport There doesn't seem to be an Arts Development Officer but the Art Gallery may (or may not) be able to assist/be open to collaborative projects
  • Tameside. Details of the Arts and Engagement team. The council's funding page includes mention of 'The Arts Funding Guide' 
  • Warrington There doesn't seem to be an Arts Development Officer but local cultural venues may (or may not) be able to offer guidance

Local community arts

There may be possiblities to partner with a local organisation to create a project. For example:

Regional arts organisations

  • Action Transport Theatre  A young people’s theatre company
  • Art Up Close South Cheshire group of 100 artists. Useful resource for finding an artist for an exhibition, commission or running a workshop
  • Axis Arts Centre Based at Manchester Metropolitan University: Cheshire campus (Crewe)
  • Business in the Arts North West  Programmes include providing free help to the arts and museums and opportunities for businesses to connect with community projects, for example, volunteering to be on a Board and sharing business expertise
  • Cheshire Artists’ Network  A network of a diverse range of visual artists and craftspeople. The network makes links between artists and communities, for example, exhibiting artwork, running community workshops, sharing information and running Cheshire Open Studios event
  • Cheshire Dance An organisation dedicated to dance, including running a programme of performances, classes, supporting practitioners and learning and development opportunities for young people
  • Cheshire Rural Touring Arts  A network of villages that host arts and entertainment events in community venues. Their work spans theatre, music, dance and literature
  • Development of the arts (Northwich) Provides guidance that will also be useful to churches across the Diocese, including funding guidance
  • Urban Cheshire Arts and Chuff Chuff Urban Cheshire is a Creative Urban Arts skills project for young people in Cheshire East
  • WearPurple Arts for older people in Cheshire, run by Age UK Cheshire and supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council

National Arts Organisations

The Arts Council England provide ‘Advice and Guidance’ on managing arts projects and provide ‘Funding’.

There are other organisations that include the arts in their remit, for example, Esmee Fairbairn  is a large funder whose focus is improving the quality of life for people in the UK, including through the arts.

Voluntary Arts. This organisation has a range of guidance sheets. They also run Voluntary Arts Week, which you might like to consider.


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