Arts & Faith Network Resources

The Arts and Faith Network is based in the Diocese of Chester. Its purpose is to provide a network of support to artists, to encourage an understanding of arts within the church and to provide a hospitable space in which artists and local churches can be in touch with one another. It is inclusive of all arts.

The Arts & Faith Network isn’t able to endorse any of the artists on this list until there is a recommendation from a church where they have performed, exhibited or led a workshop. We will be able to add a note “recommended” for those who are recommended in this way.

I found it incredibly moving to read through the information about the artists in our diocese (and a bit sad that so many gifts are not being properly used). I am praying that this information will unleash a mighty flow of creativity which frees and heals.  
               Sue Mayo

Minerva Arts (Steph Brocken)

Minerva Arts is an arts education and development organisation based in Chester running four Youth Theatres and delivering arts projects for a variety of organisations working mainly through contemporary and classical theatre but also using dance, music and arts and crafts

They offer consultancy, performance and workshops – always looking for alternative performance venues for their youth theatre work

There’s more information at  and @weareminerva  (Twitter)

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details:  or 07894858934

Linda Cosgriff

Linda is a poet and blogger who has completed a collection of poetry based on her time in South Africa. Recent poems have been included in Protest published by the Human Rights Consortium and the University of London.  She offers workshops in poetry and blogging.  Examples of her work are on various websites. Linda blogs at

Linda asks for expenses. She is dependent on public transport.

Contact details:

Pauline D’Souza

Pauline is a general embroiderer and craftsperson who enjoys trying different things and sharing skills with others

She offers exhibition and workshops using silk painting, collage, felting, weaving etc.

Examples of her work are available by email.

Pauline asks for expenses. Fees would be by negotiation.

Contact details:

Janice Fryett

Janice is a singer/actor and educator with a passion for the voice. She has an MA Education specialising in voice. She has trained choirs and individuals including voice professionals and teachers.

She is offering consultancy, performance and workshops in music and drama, and coaches for vocal health (inc priests, actors and singers).

There’s more information on  and @janicevoicegeek (Twitter)

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details are via   and 07999 365184

Chris Gilbert

Chris has taught Art for 23 years and now works as the Art and Soul Man as a freelance working in schools and churches helping people of all ages engage with their faith and their creativity. His personal work is mainly cartoons (which he also uses in preaching – he is a Reader). He has been artist at Spring Harvest for the last four years.

He offers workshops, consultancy and will lead in all-age worship. He uses music, painting and installation, as well as mosaic, stained glass (with his wife Tess), paper cut banners. He also has a prayer labyrinth and writes his own songs for children’s work and all-age services.

There’s more information at and @artandsoulman (Twitter)

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details: email or phone 01948820362 or 07941892819

Sue Guildford

Sue is a community artist specialising in turning junk into something that is either fun, functional or fantastic. She loves giving people the opportunity to work with materials and equipment they may not be used to.

She offers performance and workshops

There’s more information at

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details:

Ann Hyde

Ann is Associate Priest at Low Marple and textile artist and silk painter. She has been a volunteer artist at Start Studios helping people to cope with mental health issues. She has an interest in community and group art and installations.

Ann offers consultancy and workshops in silk painting, collage, tapestry, felting and installatiom

She has overseen art installations at the Clergy Conference at Swanwick

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details:

Impact CIC – Lisa Rossetti

Lisa Rossetti is a trained biblio-poetry facilitator and coach, specialising in creative writing and journaling for recovery and well-being. Impact is a social enterprise providing programmes for recovery and well-being, aiming to develop the confidence of disadvantaged communities and individuals, including supporting people to gain employment

Offering workshops in creative writing, poetry and journaling

There’s more information at

Fee arrangements by negotiation (funding may be available through Adult Community Learning or other funding sources)

Contact details:  or 07815 888803

John Lindley

John is former Cheshire Poet Laureate and Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year. He is an experienced performer who runs poetry workshops for writers’ groups, festivals, prisons et al. His latest collection of poetry Dylan Thomas Embers and Sparks was published in 2014. John performs “Crossing the Divide” which is a collection of his poems inspired by the religious paintings of Christian artist Daniel Bonnell.

He is offering performance and workshops

Examples of his work are at here

Fees are usually £100 for a reading or workshop plus travel

Contact details: email  or phone 07816 766611

Little Actors Theatre Company

Little Actors Theatre is a charity which delivers access for all performing arts opportunities in the community. It is led by highly trained and experienced professionals. The company is happy to discuss the delivery of community performances for all ages.

Offering performance in dance, drama or singing

There’s more information at

Fee arrangements by negotiation – happy to advise about collaborative fundraising

Contact details:  or 0151 336 4302

Joanne McClellan

Joanne is based in Liverpool, currently working on poems, photography, films, montage, performance of spoken word, clay sculpture, exploring text with paint and working on ways to express her spiritual journey.

She is offering exhibition, performance and workshops

Examples of her work are at @macjoart, Joanne McClellan Art on Facebook and www.joannemcclellan.wix.comjo-mcclellan

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details: email:

Julia McGuinness

Julia is a writer and counsellor involved in writing for well-being. She is a Reader in the Church of England and author of Writing our Faith (2013) and a poetry collection, Chester City Walls (2015).

She offers workshops in creative writing, poetry and journaling

There’s more information at  and on Fb page Creative Connections Cheshire

Fee arrangements by negotiation

Contact details:

Marie Mairs

Marie is an experienced community artist whose own art is mainly painting and drawing.

She does poetry, sculpture, painting, film and media, card making, print-making, drawing, animation.

She is offering exhibition and workshop

Examples of her work are at Twitter  @mariesartclass and Facebook Marie Mairs

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details: email


Chris Mercer-Turner

Chris is a graduate in Applied Theology and an evangelistic minister  ministering to all ages by using the arts/music/word whose art lies in the field of singer/songwriter, recording and concert/event creations.

She is offering music and creative writing, concerts, worship, evangelistic ministry and mission.

Examples of her work are at

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details:

Elizabeth Morris

Elizabeth is a professionally trained actor who delivers storytelling experience to all ages. She presents Bible stories in a fun and interactive way. She also creates stories and performances from other cultures. Stories are often told in character and are unscripted.

She offers performance and workshops in drama and poetry working as a performance oral storyteller and actor

Examples of her work are at

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details are available through

Christopher Power

Christopher is an actor and freelance drama tutor. He has stage credits ranging from Shakespeare to Chekhov and has been in a number of feature films, shorts and TV series. He has spent many years teaching and directing at various stage schools. He has lectured on Youth Culture and life skills and has been inspirational speaker on TV and radio.

He is offering workshops in drama

There’s more information about Christopher and his work at and

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details:  or 07958 192028

Chloe Augusta Randall (Art in Chester)

Chloe is a Quaker and a practising artist and teacher who describes her work as contemporary silkscreen abstraction with the underlining themes of motherhood and reproduction.

She is offering consultancy and workshops in drawing, painting and printmaking

Examples of her work are at  and

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details:  or 07922027766

Lorraine Reed

Lorraine is Curate at Middlewich who runs card-making courses as a way of connecting church and community. She offers training and help in setting up similar schemes.

She also offers workshops in card-making saying “card-making awakens and develops creativity. It can be done with a minimum of materials and expense”.

Examples of work are at

Costs are the cost of materials

Contact details:

Vivienne Saddler

Vivienne works through drawing, paint and stitch, focusing on Bible events or messages

She offers exhibition (talking about her work as gift, and how that has evolved)

Examples of her work can be seen on her website:

Fee arrangements are by negotiation. She doesn’t charge for exhibition when her work is for sale

Contact details: email

Jayne Shepherd

Jayne is a lace-maker who also enjoys other textile crafts. A ‘Lace Pilgrimage’ inspired her to explore how these crafts can nurture spirituality.

She is offering workshops and Quiet Days (half or full day) using tapestry and/or lace-making. (Tuition can’t be given in silence, so giving tuition on Quiet Days isn’t possible. That means that people need to be fairly confident with their chosen craft for Quiet Days.)

There’s more information about lace-making and prayer at

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details:

Chloe Spicer

Chloe is a bookish artist and library curator, winner of the Wandle Studio Prize and the Penguin Prize 2015. She is interested in finding unusual ways of interpreting stories and the book as an object through playful workshops and interactive site-specific exhibitions.

She offers exhibition and workshops in creative writing, installation, book arts, bookbinding and book craft activities

Examples of her work are at  or follow @chloespicerart on Twitter

Fee arrangements by negotiation

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Wendy Williams

Wendy works with groups of any age or social background and works with paper, recycled materials and found objects

She is offering exhibition and workshops in sculpture, collage and installation

Examples of her work are at and

Fee arrangements are by negotiation

Contact details are via website or by email to

Dorothy Woods

Dorothy is passionate about using her art in ministry saying that God is more willing to speak to us than we are to listen to him.   She believes that the arts are an effective portal for longed-for communication.

She offers workshops in poetry, journaling, painting, collage, hand built clay, creative prayer stations and creative prayer

She talks about her work on Twitter @Dorothywoods12  

Fee arrangements are by negotiation 

Contact details:

Judy Ford

Judy writes fiction for pleasure with the aim of encouraging people to think about contemporary issues from a Christian perspective. She has had five novels published. Her background is in higher education and NHS, and she has considerable experience of facilitating training workshops. She is a Methodist Lay Preacher and PCC Secretary.

She is offering workshops in creative writing to develop writing and self-publishing skills

Examples of her work are at 

Workshops are offered free of charge

Contact details:

Jo Whittall

Jo enjoys lots of different crafts, including card making, papercraft, felt-making, needlework, knitting and stained glass. She has a particular passion for faith art journalingShe has taught craft classes in the UK and USA and some of her work has been published in craft magazines.

She is offering workshops in journaling, felting and card making as well as talks on her involvement in Messy Church

Jo will ask for expenses of workshops to be covered

Contact details:


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