“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. A charity, Endelienta (www.endelienta.org) was set up 11 years ago. Endelienta continues to be a unique centre for artistic and spiritual expression. Over the past ten 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 with a lively Make Club run by Endelienta and with involvement in local schools.
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”