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21 November 2008


Quakers and art - preview

Angela Schütz, of Forest Hill LM, responds to Rowena Loverance’s article ‘On being a Quaker artist’ in the special outreach issue of 3 October

I very much welcomed Rowena Loverance’s contribution ‘On being a Quaker artist’ in the outreach issue of the Friend in October
  • It shows that there is a substantial body of artists that enriches the Quaker scene and it feels good to be in the company of those mentioned as well as the many others I know
  • We are fellow travellers although probably as different as any of us Quakers are

  • ‘Is being a Quaker artist a contradiction in terms?’ is the question Rowena tries to tackle and she sets the scene by saying: ‘True, being an artist does not directly contribute to the betterment of human kind…’ as if this was a given that we all agree on
  • Well, I don’t! With deep conviction I say: Being an artist does directly contribute to the betterment of human kind
  • But how? What is it that artists do that goes beyond a ‘single-minded pursuit of self-expression’?

    Angela Schütz

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