Holy Trinity Arts & Crafts Festival 2019

The annual Arts and Crafts Festival returns to Holy Trinity Church on Sloane Street, described as the ‘cathedral of the Arts & Crafts’ by Sir John Betjeman, from 19-22 September.

The Festival aims to highlight the exquisite craftsmanship in a wide range of creative disciples, understand the symbolic relationship with the revival of Catholicism in the Church of England, and provide an urgent voice that speaks to the contemporary and relevant social context of the social Movement.

Book your tickets for an exciting programme of events here.


Thursday 19 September 

Personality, Philosophy & Practice, John Ruskin in 2019

The bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth. The gala opening will explore the personality, philosophy and practice of Ruskin with a Discussion and Q&A. Contributors will include Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper, Andrew Hill and Sarah Woods, whilst moderated by Gerard Brown.

Tickets: £10, drinks reception and book signing

Friday 20 September

Schools workshop: Image & the imagination: Exploring Stained Glass, 10am – 3pm

Hosted by Genista Dunham, a stained glass artist trained in the traditional method and influenced by Medieval Art.

Discussion: Fabric of Society, 7.30-9pm

Explore the powerful relationship between textiles and the role they have and continue to play in global trade and society. Discussion between Jonathon Hope, Katy Emck CBE and Nigel Atkinson, hosted by Sanjeev Davidson.

Tickets: £10, drinks reception and opportunity to view, discuss and purchase the contributors’ work

Saturday 21 September

Exhibition: Thomasina Beck

Embroidered waterclour on gesso flower paintings. Free admission.

Demonstration: Paul Jewby – master craftsman and wood sculptor

Throughout the day, free admission.

Guided Tours

12pm, 2pm, 4pm by Open House and Holy Trinity guides

Talk: Christopher Whall’s Stained Glass, 11am

Talk by Peter Cormack, leading authority on the stained glass windows by Christopher Whall in Holy Trinity followed by guided tours. Free admission.

Illustrated Talk: The Alchemy of Stained Glass, 2.30

Festival artist in residence, Genista Dunham. Talk, followed by public stained glass workshop.

Talk: free admission. Workshop tickets: £10

Performance Premiere: Mass Movement, 7.30pm

A programme of music and dance that celebrates art is the expression of man’s pleasure in labour, also includes the premier of two new contemporary dance pieces.

Tickets: £15 (concessions £10), includes post-performance informal discussion and drinks

Sunday 22 September

Sung Eucharist: Apprentice’s Service, 11am

Sunday Eucharist dedicated a celebration of image and imagination with guest Preacher Reverend Richard Lloyd Morgan

Illustrated talk: Exploring Stained Glass: ‘The light and the dark’ Thomas Denny, 2pm

Leading British contemporary stained glass artist and landscape painter. Free admission.

Workshop: Image & Imagination, 3.30 

Led by Genista Dunham. Tickets: £10

Performance: Ayodeji Malcom Guite, 5pm

Poet Malcom Guite performs a selection of his work. Free admission.

Workshop: Choral Evensong and Benediction, 6pm 

Beautiful evening service led by professional choir of Holy Trinity.


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Arts & Crafts Festival 2018

The annual festival returns to celebrate the Arts and Crafts movement at the Holy Trinity Church. In association with Open House Weekend, from 20-23 September, take part in the festival which seeks to celebrate beauty in craft, as well as bring to life the socio-political context that underpinned the Arts and Crafts movement in the late 19th Century.

The festival has three main goals; to highlight exquisite craftsmanship in a wide range of disciplines, understand the symbolic relationship with the Catholic revival in Church of England and provide an urgent voice that’s peaks to the contemporary relevant social context of original movement. The Holy Trinity Church itself bestrides the aesthetic and spiritual and its creation was the coming together of the social activist, skilled artisan and the supported apprentice.

Festival Programme

Thursday 20th

  • 7.15pm – Activists, Artisans and Apprentices – three keynote talks and discussions on apprenticeships. Tickets are £10 at the door.

Friday 21st

  • The Tree of Life – from Seed to Tree – Children’s art workshop with Lily Gale and Edward Collet.
  • Architecture & Activism A conversation with Gerard Stamp and Horace Liberty. Tickets £10 at the door, include a glass of wine at 7pm

Saturday 22nd

  • The Tree of Life – from Seed to Tree – Children’s art exhibition, from 10am
  • Guided tours of the Holy Trinity – 10am, 12 noon and 3pm.
  • Creativity workshops – a number of unusual craft workshops led by experts in their respective fields. These will include art, wood carving, found objects and embroidery.
  • Hearts, Hands and Voices – a concert celebrating Apprenticeship and Music in Sloane Square featuring Holy Trinity Choir, Sloane Square Choral Society and Sloane Square Choral Scholars. Tickets £16 from Cadogan Hall Box Office, includes a glass of wine.

Sunday 23rd

The Tree of Life – from Seed to Tree – children’s art exhibition, from 1pm

Festival Worship with music from the Art’s & Crafts era. 8.30 Holy Communion, 11.00 Sung Eucharist and Visiting Preacher, 19.00 Choral Evensong and Benediction

Guided tours of Holy Trinity – 14.00a and 16.00


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