Art, Faith and the Ages of the Human

22nd April - 24th April 2022

Art, Faith and the Ages of the Human with Dr Deborah Lewer

At Gladstone’s Library on Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April 2022


Visual art and Christian tradition have both told profound stories about what it means to be an ageing human: faltering, flourishing and facing mortality. This course is an opportunity to explore works of art from the middle ages to the present from these perspectives. We will see how artists have responded to imperfect lives lived in passing time to find in it all meaning, beauty, humour and insight.

Anyone with an interest in art and/or faith is very welcome.

The weekend is led by Deborah Lewer, Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow.


Friday 22nd April

5:30pm Welcomes and introductions

6:30pm Dinner

7.45pm The Artist through the Human Ages

Saturday 23rd April

8am Breakfast

10am Childhood and Youth

11am Coffee

11.30am In the Midst of Life

1pm Lunch

5.30pm Workshop Session: Ageing in Art

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Film: 45 Years (Dir. Andrew Haigh, 2015)

Sunday 24th April

10.00am Facing Death, Celebrating Life

11am Coffee

11.30am Eucharist

12:30am Lunch

Prices start at £220 for non-residents and £330 per person staying in a single en suite room. 
The course fee covers dinner, bed and breakfast from dinner on Friday up to and including Sunday lunch.
Other accommodation options are available. Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

For more information or to book, please call 01244 532350 or email

Image: Old Woman in the Garden by Paula Modersohn-Becker