The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Life Transfigured 2022 – Faith & The Arts

A society which loses its appreciation for beauty will cease to ask deep questions about human nature and value which receive definitive answers in the Gospel

Hans Urs von Balthasar-

Life Transfigured is a series of talks and workshops organised by the Diocese of Leeds which looks at the interaction between the Arts and the Catholic Faith.  The programme includes speakers from a variety of backgrounds, such as those working in the visual arts, dance, theatre and theology. 

A poster containing the listings for the eleven special events throughout 2022 can be accessed here.  A generic poster advertising the project is availed here.  More details about individual events are available by clicking on the links below.




SCRIPTURE Why we need the beautiful: how our faith is nourished by art

Fleur Dorrell, Bishops’ Conference & Bible Society                                                                                     Tue 18 Jan 2022, 7pm, online via Zoom

ARCHITECTURE Faith in the built form: the glory of our Catholic churches

Sophie Andreae CBE, architectural historian                                                                                              Tue 22 Feb 2022, 7pm Wheeler Hall

DRAMA Suspension of disbelief: the power of the Chester Mystery Plays

Deborah McAndrew, playwright & actor                                                                                                     Tue 8 Mar 2022, 7pm Wheeler Hall

DANCE Moving the body to stir the soul: expressing faith through dance

Anna Townend, dance therapist & Fr Michael Hall                                                                                    Tue 5 April 2022, 7pm Hinsley Hall

MUSIC A Song through all Generations: music for worship

Jo Boyce, singer songwriter & CJM Music                                                                                                    Tue 3 May 2022, 7pm Hinsley Hall

LITURGY Animating the Propers at Mass

Fr Guy Nicholls, theologian                                                                                                                          Tue 14 June 2022, 7pm Hinsley Hall

PHILOSOPHY Aesthetic experience in the Christian life

Prof Mark Wynn, University of Oxford                                                                                                        Tue 12 July 2022, 7pm Wheeler Hall

VISUAL ART Art illuminating our encounter with God

Patrick van der Vorst, former director of Sotheby’s                                                                                   Tue 20 Sep 2022, 7pm Hinsley Hall

CRAFTS The vocation of a Catholic artist & iconographer

Martin Earle,                                                                                                           Tue 11 Oct 2022, 7pm Hinsley Hall

THEOLOGY Mental Suffering and the Appreciation of Beauty (POSTPONED)

Tasia Scruton, University of Leeds                                                                                                            Tue 8 Nov 2022, 7pm Hinsley Hall

MUSIC/FILMFaith, music and cinema 

Benson Taylor (composer, record producer, electronic musician)

in conversation with Sir John Battle                                                                                                          Tue 6 Dec 2022, 7pm Hinsley Hall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Talks run from 7-8pm at Hinsley Hall (62 Headingley Lane, Headingley, LS6 2BX) and Wheeler Hall (next to Leeds Cathedral, access from St Anne’s Street LS2 8BE)

We hope to record the talks & post on the Diocesan website.

To register for any of the talks please email: