The Visual Arts Working Group meets three times a year in Adelaide.
The goals of this group are to:
- identify the existing specific needs for visual art in congregations and identify the talents of people which could be used to fill those needs
- encourage congregations to consider the wider use of visual arts in worship and to identify local talents, or if these are not available, provide assistance in referring suitable people
- assist in the formation of special-interest groups of artists and craftspeople where such groups are viable and meet a specific need
- organise forums for discussion of topics related to art and worship
- communicate and demonstrate new possibilities for the use of art in worship.
Mitchell Kitson is the website coordinator for the Visual Arts Working Group and a pastoral student at Australian Lutheran College. His main areas of interest are the use of technology in worship and website design, having designed the logo and website for St Petri Lutheran Church Nuriootpa SA.
Faye Lienert is a textile artist experienced in the design and construction of stoles, liturgical paraments and banners. Her commissioned works include paraments for St John’s Lutheran Church Dernancourt SA, Mawson Lakes Community Church SA and St Paul Lutheran Church Blair Athol SA, as well as many sets of stoles.
Rae Kempe is a practising visual artist and visual arts educator. She is experienced in the design and construction of seasonal paraments and special art projects at St Stephen’s Lutheran Church Adelaide SA, including leadlight windows for Mudbrick Church, Sunbury, Victoria.
Jan Kaesler has a deep interest in visual art within the context of the Christian worship space. She supports the use of symbolism and imagery, both traditional and contemporary, along with seasonal installations to enhance Christian worship. She also expresses this through her work in textiles, using techniques of digitized and free machine embroidery and appliqué art in the design and construction of paraments, wall hangings, banners and clerical stoles.
Chris Thiel is a practising visual artist who is currently part of a sub-committee producing a series of short clips to inspire and assist congregations in the creation of artworks for worship.
Helen Sherriff is a practising visual artist with experience in many different media and a keen interest in promoting visuals and art work as integral elements in worship.