SEEKING THE FACE OF CHRIST THROUGH THE ARTS.
Artes Christi Australia Inc (ACA) is an arts association based in Sydney with a specific focus on expressing faith through the arts. We are a community of artists focused on promoting “the true, the good and the beautiful” by presenting works that are authentic, transcendent and inspiring for people of every age. Formally established in 2005, Artes Christi’s mission is ‘to seek the Face of Christ through the arts’.
‘Artes Christi’ is Latin for ‘the Arts of Christ’ and our motto is St Augustine’s profound reflection on Christ: “Beauty ever ancient, ever new.” This motto was chosen not only for its poetic and theological meaning but also because it speaks to the core of Artes Christi’s creative work at this important time in history.
With the rapid expansion of the internet and online global communications we live in an age more than ever ‘dominated by youth.’ This has resulted in an often significant cultural divide between younger and older generations and consequently, Artes Christi has chosen to strive to produce and promote creative work which speaks to people of every age. Whilst some would question whether such work is possible, we believe that through research, practise and prayer, such work can and has been achieved. Examples of it can been seen in all the major artistic mediums from visual art to architecture from music and theatre to films and documentaries.
As an arts association inspired by the Christian Faith, Artes Christi thus seeks creative expressions which are truly universal in their cultural appeal – work for which St Augustine’s words might be an apt description.