Ripon College Cuddesdon recently celebrated its first Arts Weeks in the college. As part of this we came together to enjoy:
- a talk by the Rev’d. Dr. Alicia Timmis-Howard on Shakespeare’s Gospel of Forgiveness;
- a photography workshop by Rosie Homer;
- a baking workshop by Gemma Wilkinson, on making macarons;
- a baking workshop by Tom Watson, on baking bread;
- two poetry evenings run by Tom Britt;
- a talk by artist Geraldine Crimmins on homelessness, drug addiction, and recovery through the arts;
- two film sessions: Notes on Blindness, and Song of the Sea;
- a daily all-age session of arts and crafts, including weaving, at T@4 (tea at 4pm in the Common Room), by Ali Angus, Helen Chantler, and Helen Budd, among others;
- a line-drawing and spirituality workshop with Catherine Cowie;
- an exhibition and talk by artist Carole Bury;
- an arts competition, for which there were over forty entries;
- an exhibition and breakfast bringing the village and college community together, run by Ali Angus.
The hope of the arts committee was to bring the community together to explore faith and develop relationships through the arts. Over the two weeks, children, families, staff, and students spent time being creative together, making things, and learning from one another. We spent time with those we don’t know very well, and discovered new talents and skills which we can develop later and perhaps bring to parish ministry, or use to develop our own spiritual life.
The Arts Committee would like to extend a huge thanks to all who came together to assist and participate in all of these events. Below are a few pictures of how the weeks unfolded…