Thought shapes art, and art shapes life.
- Francis Schaeffer
The newly refurbished Pavilion of the Nations at the historic Bible House in Singapore was where the Bible Societies of eighteen Asian countries gathered this month at the International Bible Engagement Conference 2018.
Where the work of the Bible Society had traditionally focused on translation, publishing and distribution, it was now considered timely to expand its remit to include literacy, engagement and advocacy.
As part of the Arts Collective (an all-volunteer group of artists under the auspices of the Singapore Bible Society), Aaron was invited to share with the General Secretaries and representatives of the Bible Societies about the arts as a new (old) way of deepening engagement of Scripture. How wonderful it would be if Christians move beyond reading the Bible for information to immerse ourselves in it, in order to encounter the living God of His-tory. Seeing with "the eye of the heart", those that are called and gifted should make art that exegetes the human condition and thereby "till the soil of culture" in a post-Christian world.
Fellow members of the Arts Collective Seah Tziyan (arts consultant) and Tay Swee Lin (curator) shared about recent initiatives such as the "Colours of the Bible" annual art competition, DECLARE - the annual 72-hour public reading of the entire Bible, as well the GoForth Missions Conference 2018 that featured a creative arts track for the first time.
The session ended with a Q&A and an invitation to Bible Societies to collaborate with artists of faith in their own countries in this endeavour. AMDG