Christian Arts UK 2020 Conference
High Leigh Christian Conference Centre Lord St, HODDESDON, EN11 8SG
We would like to invite you to our Feb 2020 Annual conference. This year's theme is RECONCILIATION - Arts & Church together supporting our culture; the thread of which will run throughout the conference We've planned an exciting weekend of activities so why not join fellow Christian art enthusiasts for either the whole weekend or just a day.
Our keynote seminars and workshop this year our presented by: Rev Befsy Blatchley. Betsey is the first and only Arts Pioneer Minister C of E in England. Betsey will be talking about her personal creative journey and how the arts pioneering ministry in Nine Elms London is flourishing.
Sy Baker - Artist & Arts Ministry Leader. Sy will introduce conference to Culture Care - supporting your local arts community culture, drawing on his personal local experience and reflection on a flourishing creative expression to counter the current Culture 'Wars' pervading our society.
Penny Howes - British Tapestry Group Member & Professional Musician. Penny will be leading our Saturday tapestry recycling workshop - Reconciling old and new. This is a practical workshop we can all enjoy, collaboration with each other to end up with a new piece of work from our old creative works (Bring any old work you no longer want that can be fashioned into a new collage work) Rev lain Lane (TBC) "llluminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art.
The conference is also a great opportunity to bulld your community with old friends during the meal & social sharing times and public exhibition. We will also hold our AGM, an opportunity for members to contribute to the continued development of Christian-Arts.Org.
Charges (including accommodation and meals): Weekend delegate CA Member £150 Frtday 18.00 - - sunday 13.00 Non-member £170 Saturday Day visitor CA member £35 including evening meal Non-member £45 A 50% deposit is payable with registration with the remainder due by Dec 31/19
* Not a Member? Why not become a member at the same time as registering and we'll include your first annual membership in the non-member conference fee.
Charlotte Snashall Conference organiser.

Christian Arts UK announces their 2018 conference.

To be held April 20th-22nd at high Leigh, Hoddeston. To book your place please send their Treasurer, Helen, the conference fee of 160 pounds or a deposit of 80, remainder payable by the end of Febuary.  23 St. Leonards Rode, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 4QP. Program details and a picture of the conference center below.


High Leigh conference center

Long term SIAC member and officer Yan Reiger recently completed a series of fused glass pieces for the grounds of Kellenberg High School in Uniondale NY. They were completed at the Stift Schlierbach glass studios in Austria.

The Schlierbach Abbey studios.



Affiliate Christian Arts UK had their annual meeting May 5-7, 2017  details of the meeting below, a report to follow.

The CA Conference 2017 
5 - 7 May High Leigh Conference Centre
Our speaker, Sophie Hacker, graduated from the Slade School of Art in 1989. Her work is in public and private collections across the UK and abroad, and used regularly in publications.
Sophie Hacker has been working as a professional artist for over twenty five years, with a particular interest in using the visual arts to explore and communicate the Christian faith.  She teaches and lectures regularly around the country and runs residential art courses whilst continuing her practice in stained glass, ecclesiastical textiles, painting and sculpture. 
Recent commissions include an artistic, musical and poetic collaboration inspired by the music of Olivier Messiaen, and two new stained glass windows for a church in St Albans Diocese, due for completion in early 2017.
Sophie is also Arts and Exhibitions Consultant to Winchester Cathedral and an active member of ACE Trust.

“Through Him everything was made”
Sophie Hacker

Not a SIAC event but of potential interest:

His Mad Plan, a new movement in Ireland for Catholics involved in the arts, host their first weekend in Dublin March 20th-22nd. The weekend will include times of prayer, community and formation for Artists - whether involved in music, writing, visual arts or drama. Come along for a chance to spend time with other artists of faith, to pray together, share and discuss ideas and to explore the vocation and the mission to share in God's Creativity through talks and workshops.

For more information see the website, or email

Christian Arts currently has an exhibition in London based on the sacred poems and sermons of John Donne. The exhibition is on at two sites - St James Church, Piccadilly, and St Giles Church, Cripplegate. ACE (Art and Christianity Enquiry), a Christian magazine about the arts, is holding a conference at the same time in these two churches. The exhibition is open to the general public from July 1st to 21st 2014. All the artists have made works based on passages from Donne's poems and sermons.

Louis Kuypers 

 We are sad to report the death of long term member and former SIAC treasurer Louis Kuypers who passed away on December 16th at the age of 89. The announcement forwarded by his family.



Berthold Dusil

SIAC mourns the loss of long term member and officer Bert Dusil, sculptor and goldsmith. His will be missed, and we extend our love and deepest condolences to his widow Irmi.

A message from former SIAC president Yan Rieger:

 Hello members of SIAC, it is with great sadness and deep feelings of loss that I learned the passing away of our most honorable and beloved friend Berthold Dusil. Bert was a very appreciated inspirational member. for a long time he held the position of General Secretary in our organization and was instrumental in furthering the cause of SIAC broadening the membership and organizing many valuable gatherings in different countries bringing together artists from many nations. He was a talented artist and donated time and efforts for the cause of promoting profound spiritual creations. We lost a great leader and a very special personal friend. His legacy and his art creations shall be present in our lives. He certainly will be missed by all of us. With my deepest sympathy.

Yan Rieger


Bert at the 2005 SIAC congress in Reichenau, Germany.



Glass Workshop May 2011

SIAC will be hosting an informal glass workshop  from 9 to 13 May 2011 in the Abbey of Schlierbach, Austria. Respond ASAP by e-mail to; The prices are the same as those for the congress in 2010. More info and a report on the previous glass workshop.

Member Exhibit: Francoise & Yan Rieger Glass

Fiber/Glass Exhibition

Oysterponds Historical Society will host an exhibition by Orient artists and residents Françoise & Yan Rieger entitled Fiber & Glass. The exhibition will feature the two artist's colorful collection of tapestries and fused art glass. The large abstract tapestries have been designed and woven by Françoise on a high-warp loom in the "haute lisse" technic. The artistic art glass panels are small colorful abstract compositions - decorative and complementary to an interior, attractive in an intimate setting.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. Open Saturdays and Sundays April 2-23 from 2pm-5pm at the Janet T. Swanson Gallery at the Society's Old Point Schoolhouse. Additionally, there will be an OHS members-only preview on Friday, April 1 from 4-6pm.

Oysterponds Historical Society | PO Box 70 | 1555 Village Lane | Orient | NY | 11957


Conference 2010

A conference/workshop is planned for Sept 27-Oct 1 2010 in the beautiful Schlierbach Abbey in Schlierbach Austria.  The conference will provide an opportunity to learn and work in the famous glass workshops of Schlierbach and visit nearby sights as well as providing artists with opportunities for  discussion, networking  and presenting their work. Participants should try to register before July 20th to ensure availability.  Registration and additional information.


SIAC member Anthony Santella is co-curator of Naked Measures at St Paul the Apostle Church in New York City. The exhibition runs from Sept 17th till Oct 29th, the opening reception is Sept 30th from 7-9pm. Church of St Paul the Apostle, Columbus ave and 60th st, NY, NY. More info at


SIAC member Anthony Santella has helped to organize and is exhibiting in God Doesn't Like Ugly, a group exhibit to be held within St. Paul the Apostle church in New York City. Exhibition dates below, more info at


Congress 2009

SIAC's conference The Image of God  was held July 17,18, and 19th at Glenstal Abbey, Limerick Ireland, Program information available below for reference  in word and pdf format.

Registration Form: .pdf .doc                             
Program Details: .pdf .doc
On-site Accommodations: .pdf .doc
Local Bed and Breakfast List:     .pdf .doc
Submitting Work: .pdf .doc
Payment:  .pdf .doc


During the congress an exhibit of work by the late Benedict Tutty OSB will be on display at the abbey. 

Singing the Marrow Bone

Benedict Tutty OSB (1924-96)

An exhibition of the metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, drawings and paintings of Benedictine monk Benedict Tutty will take place at Glenstal Abbey Gallery from July 7th to August 29th. The exhibition celebrates the creativity and rich artistic legacy of this monk who created both liturgical and personal work from his workshop in Glenstal Abbey for over 30 years.

The exhibition provides the first opportunity since Brother Benedict’s death in 1996 to view his artistry in a dedicated gallery space that was recently refurbished at Glenstal Abbey. Metalsmith and curator Kevin O’Dwyer and Benedictine monk Ciarán Forbes have documented over 120 pieces of his artwork and have selected items from both his liturgical and personal work for the exhibition. Benedict’s workshop has also been re-instated and will be open to the public during gallery hours.

Press Release: Singing The Marrow Bone. 


Yan Reiger

In the month of March '09 Yan Rieger executed at the Glasmalerei in Schlierbach an art commission for the church of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs located in Centerport NY. The project is a 6 feet in diameter glassmobile suspended in the baptistery area, an inspirational work of art consisting of fused glass mounted on a bronze frame.

The enlarged replica of Venus of Willendorf guarded by two Saints is the future object for the upcoming exhibition Landesausstellung under the title “ Mahlzeit” at the Stift Schlierbach, from April till November.


Muriel Pulitzer

SIAC mourns the loss of Muriel Pulitzer, noted woodcarver and long term SIAC member.  

Muriel Pulitzer with Pope John Paul the II in 1995

On a personal note, I met Muriel only once, days after 9-11, in Luxembourg she told me I didn't understand angels, and needed to read the Divine Comedy, particularly the Paradiso. She said this in such a forceful, authoritative way I've never forgotten it. On getting back to the US I got the Divine Comedy out of the Rutgers University library, and kept renewing it for the next four years, as I struggled through my Phd and all those levels of heaven and hell... In a couple days and less than  50 words she made herself one of those people you never forget. 

I invite those who knew her better to send me any memories they would like to share.  

-Anthony Santella, ed.

Thanks to Richard O'Connor for the photo above

SIAC Affiliate Christan Arts UK organized a well-attended exhibit at Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire in November of 2008.  Show organizers Maggie and Brian Ayling filled the massive 13th century church with almost ninty works by twenty seven artists. After the shows close, it was moved to the Ammerdown conference and retreat center near Bath, Somerset where it will be on show until the Christian Arts show is held there in April 2009. 

Member News:

Member Yan Reiger

Yan has recently submitted a proposal to the Diocese of Krakow in Poland for a monumental statue of Pope John Paul II. This project in its inception stage and Yan is seeking those interested in the project or in helping with donations of time or services during the planning or implementation stages. 

The full proposal sketch.

Anyone interested in hearing more about the proposal, or assisting should contact Yan at 
fyr2 @

The Oysterponds Historical Society in Orient, NY will host an exhibition by Orient artist and resident Yan Rieger entitled Fusion: Contemporary Art Glass from Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 18, 2008 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm. 
Read the full press release.

Also the Oysterponds Historical Society is seeking applicants for the position of Director, those interested can email  


SIAC regretfully acknowledges the death of former SIAC President Dame Winefride Pruden.  Dame Pruden was a Papal Dame, an honour given her for many years service to the church and to art.  She was an art historian, under her maiden name of Winefride Wilson, and she was also a silversmith, and the wife of well known English silversmith Dunstan Pruden.


Member Anthony Santella

Anthony Santella's painting, Picture of Jesus was recently awarded an honorable mention in the 2008 18th Annual Faces of Woman Exhibit, Las Vegas New Mexico

The work is also appearing in the exhibit Sacred Surveillance at St Paul the Apostle church in New York City organized by Openings on exhibit through June 30th 2008.




Glass Workshop Spring 2007
 SIAC members held a glass workshop in Schlierbach Austria in March 2007. Members received instruction in glass techniques by Robert Geyer Kubista and enjoyed making fused and leaded glass pieces.  Member Yan Rieger  executed at Schlierbach a stained glass window which he designed for St Luke's Church in Dix Hills Long Island, New York.
See more pictures of the work.


Member Michael Burke


SIAC president Michael Burke recently installed "Containment". It is located at the Civil Defence Head Quarters in Benamore, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. The work is 3.2m high and is of stainless steel and bronze. Read more

Member Yan Rieger

The Artists/Designers Yan & Françoise Rieger received an invitation from Mr. Robert Fale, director of Agnesian Healthcare, to design the ecumenical chapel for the new Agnesian Health Care Center Complex in Fond du Lac, MI USA. 

From the inception the building Committee encouraged the artist/designer to create a contemporary liturgical environment conducive to prayer and celebration of the liturgy, and to serve as a model for future hospital chapels. Read more...

Die Künstler/Designer Yan & Françoise Rieger erhielten eine Einladung von Herrn Robert Fale, Direktor der «Agnesian Healthcare», eine ökumenische Kapelle für das neue «Agnesian Health Care Center» in Fond du Lac zu entwerfen...


Member Geraldine Farrell
 Organized a Christian art exhibition in Bristol in June, an offshoot of one that occurred last year at Westminster Cathedral. 

Member John Armstrong  is completing work on a large notice board for the shrine of Our Lady of Willesden, north London, UK . This site has been a national shrine since 1300, and was known to have been visited by Saint Sir Thomas More in the 16th century.

Past events:

Glass Workshop Spring 2006
In spring 2006 SIAC held a glass workshop for members in Schlierbach Austria in February 2006.
Members received instruction in glass techniques by Robert Geyer Kubista and enjoyed making fused and leaded glass pieces. With Father Alfred Strigl and Robert they visited the many buildings in the locality that had wonderful windows made at Schlierbach. While there they were also able to see some impressive pieces designed by member Yan Rieger and made at Schlierbach that were just about to be sent to USA.

This  included a 16 foot high crucifix in fused glass, at right, now installed in Muttontown NY.

Congress 2005:  Christian Artists and their Responsibilities
Friday September 30th to  Tuesday October 4th  2005 
The island of Richenau in lake Constance hosted SIAC's 2005 congress. This event was an opportunity for artists from different countries and  backgrounds to meet, share their work, ideas and experiences, and discuss the roles and responsibilities of Christian artists.

Member Events:

War and Peace: Muslim Christian Dialogue
Member John Armstrong with  Muslim friend, Abdoulie Conteh from Gambia, West Africa, have collaborated to produce two large paintings on the theme of War and Peace. They worked together on the two paintings, jointly designing and painting them, so you cannot tell which parts were painted by John and which by Abdoulie.

They exhibited the paintings, together with other paintings that they had each done, at an exhibition at the Grange Gallery, Rottingdean, Brighton, England in March 2006. The exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, and was attended by the local MP and representatives from Oxfam and other charities who were to benefit from any sales. All visitors commented on the need for better understanding and friendship between people from different cultures and religions, and were delighted by this practical demonstration of friendship between peoples.

Mayor and Mayoress of Brighton and Hove Bob and Mirle Carden with Abdoulie Conteh and John Armstrong, in front of the two paintings the artists worked on together on the theme of War and Peace.

John was also involved in planning a well-received exhibition of Christian art at Westminster Cathedral, London, England in July 2006. 

Member Anthony Santella
Terrible Lie, a sculptural commentary on a mechanistic view of humanity by member Anthony Santella is included in the 30th Small Works show 80 Washington Square East gallery, NY, NY, USA
February 3-March 9th 2007,