The Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) is one of the leading centres in the world for bringing together the study and practice of theology and the arts.
Scholars and artists from across the world come together to engage in study, conversation and research about the role of the arts within theology, and the place of theology within the arts.
Directed by Dr Gavin Hopps, and comprises three full-time staff, about thirty graduate students, and several part-time, honorary, and post-doctoral fellows.
Dr Gavin Hopps
Literature and Theology
Prof. Judith Wolfe
Dr George Corbett
Theology and the Arts
Prof. James McMillan
Theology and Music
Dr Natasha O’Hear
Theology and Visual Arts
School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
St Andrews KY16 9JU
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1.A young tree, especially one with a slender trunk.
1.1. A young and slender or inexperienced person.
I remember well my sapling years.
Sapling was sparked by a few things I felt recently connected to.
Tracey Emin expressing on YouTube a passion to create her own
unique tree. A friend who (out of the blue) took to carving a figure from a tree
trunk. My time as a youth spent climbing endless trees, here
And most poignant of all is the heartfelt loss of a friend's young son
Cajus, son of Dorothia and Axel Stockmar.
I'd hope the presence of this piece is felt as one of pivotal
transition. From one state to another. One form to another.
A beginning, not an end.
You set out with a wave of ideas all demanding to be heard in their own unique way. And it's often not possible. So I set out to present a collective presence. And then from this presence you draw your own personal take.
Not everyone's take is intended. But
every sense of good will, peace and hope here is.
Very sincere best wishes. Philip
ITIA. University of St Andrews.
Left. Professor Axel Stockmar.
Professor Sally Mapstone. Principal and Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the University of St Andrews.
Centre ( sapling )
Right. Dr Gavin Hopps. Senior Lecturer in Literature, Theology and Director of ITIA
Dorothea Stockmar. German writer and painter living in Celle and Berlin.
A big thank-you to Dorothea and Axel Stockmar for their generous donation of the sculpture Sapling to The Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) School of Divinity. University of St Andrews. Sapling was delivered in person by myself, Philip Wharton on the 21st February 2018. And was so warmly received by Dr Gavin Hopps. Senior Lecturer in Literature and Theology and Director of ITIA.
This whole experience has left me with such a tremendous sense of honour. And family. I’m both humbled and inspired. And this will reflect brightly throughout my work from now on.
Thank you for such a gift.
Image Courtesy of ITIA School of Divinity.
University of St Andrews ‘After the Call’ exhibition at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Queens Terrace, St Andrews
ITIA artists invite you to examine with them what happens after the call. The Transept – a group of practicing artists within the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) – invites you to join us for an upcoming performance and exhibition.
‘After the Call’ offers space and time for celebration and reflection around the notion of being called unexpectedly to something unknown, or perhaps to something all-too-familiar that we suddenly realise.
6-15 April 2018
Venue open from 12:00 to 17:00 each day.
Performance evening on 11th April at 19:00 – engaging and interdisciplinary performance with music, poetry and monologues.
Location: Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Queens Terrace, St Andrews KY16 9QF
‘After the Call’
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