At the darkening time of the year, as the clocks go back and nights lengthen, join us to explore the play of light and shade in art and in faith. Artists know that light and darkness – what the Italians call ‘chiaroscuro’ – brings art to life. Great photographers, training the lens on all life, have long worked with the negative process, where dark creates light, and vice versa.

Biblical and spiritual tradition is rich in images of light and dark. In deep paradoxes of ‘luminous darkness’, artists, psalmists, poets, prophets and contemplatives have found beauty, hope, meaning – and humour too – beyond the ‘light of the world’. This week will be an opportunity to engage with a vivid range of art, from the Middle Ages to the present, and to think in new ways about shadows and the light in a life of faith and in times of doubt.

Date: 28th October – 2nd November 2019

Prices start at £735 per person and include continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation and programme charges. Places can be reserved via the St Columba website or by phoning the hotel on 44 (0)1681 700 304

Debbie Lewer is an art historian, Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow and a regular speaker in churches, theological colleges and at festivals and retreats on the rich relationship between art and faith. She is passionate about making art history accessible to all.

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