Burning Bush Barn was established in December 2009 as a centre for embracing the relationship between creativity and spirituality. It is rooted in the Christian Faith in the understanding that creativity is the language of a God who created and continues to create in us and through us. We are creatures born to create, shape, make good with whatever we are given, be it circumstances, materials or lives.
When we cease to be creative or believe that for whatever reason we are unable to, we live a life short of potential and possibilities. We need to live from what we have, not for what we haven't.
The life we seek to live out here at the Barn is not about being great artists or making amazing art, though that may well be a consequence. We are here to encourage belief in the art making process as a means of being closer to God. Sometimes words are inadequate to express all that we need from the depth of being. At such times colour, mark, line, shape and form can help us to be true to ourselves and others and live with integrity.
Creativity and contemplation both require action and. Time to do and time to wait. It is a rhythmic movement of unknowing with deep trust. To encourage this the barn offers a variety of resources. Art materials are available to allow visitors to respond to what is there around them - sometimes other work on display, sometimes a quiet space, sometimes books to read, seats to relax in, floors to lie on.... We have some regular activities a weekly creative breakfast group; Foundations Days where praying through visual expression is explored. Other events might be arranged to respond to a particular theme. Sometimes there are exhibitions showing the outcome of others creativity
The barn building is on land owned by the Diocese of Norwich. It was a disused and run down barn in the grounds of the Rectory to St Mary's Church, Rockland. Through some successful grant applications, funding by the Diocese and plenty of fundraising, including many personal donations, the barn was able to be restored and developed to what it is today - a fantastic, quiet space for people to come and be........... Together we are making it happen.
It is important that activities, and events and facilities are offered without charge, to ensure that they are truly accessible. We have toilet facilities for disabled users and all thresholds are accessible for wheelchairs. Refreshments are available to visitors.
Burning Bush Barn is neither a Church nor an art gallery but has the potential to be more than both can be individually.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
The Revd Wendy Shaw