New website showcases sacred, liturgical art
A new website has just been launched which aims to deepen people’s appreciation of sacred art by featuring Australian artists and liturgical art in its various forms.
The new website, art.catholic.org.au is a work of the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Council (NLAAC). It was launched virtually during the plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
Work on the website began in 2019 and has led to the preparation and publication of almost 30 articles that examine items as diverse as stained-glass windows and liturgical vessels, as well as sculptures and churches.
All the content is written by Australians and each article has a clear Australian link, featuring artists, architects and works in Australia.
Fr Tom Elich, the chair of the NLAAC, said the current set of articles will be added to regularly, to produce an extensive database and reference point for Catholic art.
“We have taken a broad view of Catholic art because the Church has not adopted any particular style or form of art as its own,” Fr Elich said.
“Whatever is good and true contributes a noble beauty to acts of worship. It leads to a new appreciation of the infinite beauty of the Creator God.”
The NLAAC hopes the website will be of benefit to a wide range of people, including parishes renewing liturgical spaces, for architects and artists, for students and researchers, and lovers of art.
“Engagement with sacred art is almost as old as the Catholic Church, and has been a great tool for faith education through the centuries,” Fr Elich said.
“This site seeks to continue that long tradition, using our current means of communication.”
The NLAAC welcomes additional suggested contributions for the website and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration by the Council.
Access the website at: www.art.catholic.org.au
There is a wonderful story about Tom Bass, the sculptor, on this website. A secular piece, not mentioned on the Catholic art website is the Statue of Ethos in Civic Square, Canberra. Spirit of the community, she holds aloft a bursting sun, symbolic of culture and enlightenment. https://www.arts.act.gov.au/public-art/ethos This bursting sun forms the basis of St Clare’s College, Griffith, ACT’s logo, proudly worn by generations of girls as they learn to Seek Wisdom.