“One has to be so terribly religious as an artist. I always feel as if I stand naked for the fire of God to go through me” D.H.Lawrence
Our parishes are blessed with many artistic gifts, activities and associations, from Port Isaac’s thriving artistic community and Sir John Betjeman’s burial place at his beloved St Enodoc to St Kew’s medieval stained glass window and the renowned St Endellion music festivals.
In collaboration with the Diocese of Truro and the St Endellion Music Festival Trust, we have developed an exciting new vision focused upon St Endellion Church and its adjoining buildings. Endelienta is seeking to create a unique centre for artistic and spiritual expression. Over the past six years, we have built up a year-round programme of concerts, exhibitions, workshops, reflective days, the annual North Cornwall Book Festival events and community outreach projects designed to serve and enrich the whole North Cornwall community.
Elsewhere in the North Cornwall Cluster, our mission for the arts and spirituality manifests itself in countless different ways. Port Isaac has established a tradition of community events, such as the Angel project at Christmas 2016 and the Pelican project for Harvest 2017 (see Ideas Partnership); St Kew has just completed its first, very successful season of folk concerts; St Minver is the focus every year of the Treglown Trust’s summer festival, and organises many other community musical events – last autumn it mounted a powerful community liturgy based on Midsummer Night’s Dream. Across our local communities we continue to foster the arts whether by way of the All Saints Children’s Drama group to welcoming local schools and youth organizations on visits and study days to our churches.
We are always looking for new ways to celebrate the spiritual dimension of the arts and our artistic communities here in Cornwall, recognizing that, as the former bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries, observed, “it is the arts that engage the most sensitive, serious and creative side of millions today”