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‘Living, changing light’: stained glass art and gendered creativity in the suburban church

Ahmed, N; Dwyer, C; (2017) ‘Living, changing light’: stained glass art and gendered creativity in the suburban church. Culture and Religion , 18 (4) pp. 371-187. 10.1080/14755610.2017.1376695. Green open access

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Abstract

The creativity of religious art and practice is largely ignored in discussions of urban creativity. In this paper the importance of religious creativity in the making of suburban space is explored through a focus on the role of artists in two Christian churches in West London. Drawing on an analysis of two female stained glass artists, working in different time periods and religious contexts, this paper suggests the significance of churches as sites of creative innovation in suburban landscapes. The paper traces the negotiations and collaborations of the artists in relation to gendered expectations and institutional hierarchies and also considers the role of stained glass as a distinctive artistic medium in the creation of spiritually significant worship space for suburban congregations.

Type: Article
Title: ‘Living, changing light’: stained glass art and gendered creativity in the suburban church
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14755610.2017.1376695
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14755610.2017.1376695
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 the Author(s). Published by informa uK limited, trading as taylor & Francis group. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons attribution license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Artists, stained glass, suburbs, creativity, gender
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10026012
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