ARTES CHRISTI: Artes Christi Australia Inc (ACA) is an arts association based in Sydney with a specific focus on supporting Catholic and Christian communities. Our projects include concerts, musicals and plays and we also offer services in the areas of artistic design, event management, media liaison and marketing to the Catholic and Christian community. Formally established in 2005, Artes Christi’s mission is ‘to seek the Face of Christ through the arts’ and over the years we have worked on many projects including:
A Man For All Seasons (2011)
The Easter Messiah (2010)
Sound of Music (2008)
Towards2008 Campaign (2007-08)
Into Great Silence (Australia campaign, 2007)
Society Ball (2006)
Carnivale Christi 2006 (Sydney & Melbourne)
Carnivale Christi 2005 (Sydney)
MISSION: ‘Artes Christi’ is the 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 now live in an age more than ever ‘dominated by the 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 is authentic, transcendent and inspiring for 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 universal and truly ‘catholic’ in their cultural appeal - work for which St Augustine ’s words might be an apt description: “Beauty ever ancient, ever new.”
ARTES CHRISTI PERFORMING ARTS: Following the successful 2007 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Joseph and the amazing technicolour dream-coat, Artes Christi set up its youth outreach which is now called Artes Christi Performing Arts (ACPA). ACPA has 4 specific objectives:
i) Youth Opportunities: ACPA seeks to provide new opportunities for young people to be involved with and be supported in artistic projects including music, drama, dance, film, visual art, photography, event management, graphic design, marketing, media etc.
ii) Artistic Standards: In all its projects, ACPA seeks to encourage the highest possible artistic quality on the part of the performers involved, both individually and collectively.
iii) Christian Environment: ACPA seeks to provide an environment where young people can work together in an environment respectful of the Christian faith. (Like Artes Christi, you do not have to be Catholic or Christian to be in ACPA but you are asked to be open and respectful of the Christian ethos of the association.)
iv) Annual Projects: ACPA seeks to specifically host at least annual theatrical productions and to also initiate and support other artistic projects throughout the year.
CONTACT: For more information on Artes Christi or ACPA please feel free to contact us on via email or mobile phone. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your work.