The Visual Arts Working Group has the following goals:
- 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.
Working Group members
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.
Heather Waring is a practising visual artist who enjoys experimenting new techniques using a variety of materials, textures and dimensions. Her favourite medium is sculpting with paper. Among her creations are paschal candles, cradle roll cards and the translation of bible themes and stories into visual art.
Mitchell Kitson is the pastor at St Martin’s Lutheran Church in Mount Gambier, South Australia. He is a member of the Commission on Worship and manages the Visual Arts website.