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Berwick Church
Holy Ground Creative Conference 2020

St Michael and All Angels Church in Berwick, East Sussex is a Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th century, nestled within the South Downs National Park.

This working parish church offers spiritual sanctuary in a place of outstanding natural beauty and is a unique heritage site, housing a remarkable decorative interior.
During World War II, Bishop Bell commissioned the Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Quentin Bell to decorate the interior of this ancient rural church.

Bell was passionate about the relationship between the artist and the church, and hoped the scheme would revive the national Church’s patronage of artists and help alleviate their hardship during the war years.

Berwick is now the only example of the complete decoration of the interior of an ancient rural parish church in the UK by 20th century artists of repute.




To mark the completion of a major project to conserve the Bloomsbury Group murals, in partnership with Art+Christianity we will deliver “Holy Ground”, an exciting three-day conference exploring themes of art, the environment and their relationship with faith. Through a series of presentations, panel debates and discussions.
Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19, our 3 day face-to-face conference due to take place on 11th-13th September 2020 has been postponed. We did explore a number of virtual options but we decided with an emphasis on the art of the church and its rural context, a remote conference would not have the same impact.
We are still aiming to deliver Holy Ground in September 2021 (dates to be confirmed shortly) but to maintain interest and momentum we are working with Art+Christianity to create a film for their Autumn/Winter lecture series which will be hosted online with following Q&A session.
The contribution to the lecture series will be an insight into our aims for Holy Ground which draws on the themes of art and the natural environment, offering a bridge to connect with the wider community, encouraging exploration of faith, reflective practice and pilgrimage and exploring how these practices can support well-being and build community.
Our conference will generate creative and innovative resources for church leaders to widen engagement and be able to more effectively support their communities.

Resources will encourage new and more relevant ways of worshipping, offer mechanisms and activities that promote well-being and provide increased confidence to commission/work with artists, encouraging involvement in the life of the church and its ministry.
Please follow our website ( and social media feeds (twitter: @Berwick_Church_ and Instagram: berwickchurchsussex) for updates on speakers, dates and our work with Art+Christianity.
In the light of COVID-19, now more than ever, churches can offer a space of refuge and hope, to counter fear and to build community resilience and encourage individual mental and spiritual resilience.

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