Thursday 19th September

Personality, Philosophy & Practice

John Ruskin in 2019

1930 - 2130hrs 

2019 sees the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth. Our gala opening to this year’s Festival programme will explore the personality, philosophy and practice of Ruskin. This personal and holistic view of Ruskin, and his contribution as a social reformer, will mark the start of a weekend of events across London celebrating the great man.

Discussion + Q&A

CONTRIBUTORS: Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper Art historian, curator and author of Effie: The passionate lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and John Everett Millais and To see clearly: why Ruskin matters. Andrew Hill Author and journalist at the Financial Times and author of 2019 biography of Ruskin, RuskinlandSarah Woods Playwright and activist. 

Moderator: Gerard Brown

Gerard sits on the Holy Trinity Arts & Crafts Festival’s curation team.

By profession he is a Creative Director working with businesses and organisations on live events around the world.


Festival Opening Drinks Reception and book signing

TICKETS £10 including a glass of wine


Friday 20th September

Image and the Imagination:

Exploring Stained Glass

1000 - 1500hrs 

11.00 with Garden House School

14.00 with Holy Trinity Primary School

Workshop leader - Genista Dunham

Genista is a stained glass artist, trained in the traditional method and influenced by Medieval Art. She has taught in prisons and schools for the excluded, in community outreach programmes for the vulnerable andisolated, in women’s refuge and Palestinian camps; she is a senior lecturer in stained glass, mosaics and ceramics at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts. Genista is our Festival Artist in Residence.


Fabric of Society

1930 - 2100hrs 

We explore the powerful relationship between textiles and the role they have and continue to play in global trade and society. From the sustainability of natural fabrics to weavers’ livelihoods in India and Latin America, to the extraordinary ability for the delicate skill of embroidery to inspire and give hope to prisoners here in the UK, we look at how fabric and social progress have been inextricably woven together throughout history.    

CONTRIBUTORS: Jonathan Hope Art dealer, curator and lecturer on global textiles.  Katie Emck OBE Founding director Fine Cell Work working with UK prisoners to create embroidery.  Nigel Atkinson Artist and global textile specialist.

Moderator:  Sanjeev Davidson

The session is followed by drinks reception and an opportunity to view, discuss and purchase contributors’ work

TICKETS £10 including a glass of wine


Saturday 21st September

Open House Weekend Commences


All day displays, tours, demonstrations and workshops


Thomasina Beck

Embroidered watercolour on gesso flower paintings. Thomasina is an embroiderer,  gardener and author of Embroidered Gardens; The Embroiderer’s Flowers; Gardening with silk and gold: A history of gardens in embroidery, and a former V&A lecturer.  FREE ADMISSION


Paul Jewby - Master craftsman

and wood sculptor

Throughout the day

Paul’s most recent, renowned work is the restoration of the dragons on the Pagoda in Kew Gardens  FREE ADMISSION


Holy Trinity Tour

1200hrs  1400hrs  1600hrs

Guided Tours of Holy Trinity by Open House & Holy Trinity guides


Christopher Whall's Stained Glass


A talk by Peter Cormack, leading authority on the
stained glass windows by Christopher Whall in Holy Trinity, followed by guided tours.  FREE ADMISSION


The Alchemy of Stained Glass


Our Festival Artist in residence, Genista Dunham. 
Followed by public stained glass workshop (note there are limited places and people are encouraged to book.)




Mass Movement


A programme of music and dance that celebrates art is the expression of man’s pleasure in labour.  Includes the premiere of two new contemporary dance pieces – the first inspired by Janie Morris, wife of William and muse to the Pre-Raphaelites; the second inspired by the energetic Latin folk dance tunes of the 1964 Misa Criolla where art and praise combine – a guiding principle of the Arts & Crafts movement. Further Latin American music will complement the programme.

Holy Trinity Choir will sing Will Todd’s Missa Brevis and a selection of sacred and secular music from Latin America. ​The programme will be performed in a unique collaboration between community dancers, Chronicles, from The Place and the joint voices of Holy Trinity choir and Holy Trinity Community Choir.

Post-performance informal discussion and drinks

TICKETS £15 Concessions £10 (senior/student) includes a glass of wine


Sunday 22nd September


Family Eucharist Service


We dedicate our Sunday Eucharist to a celebration of Image & Imagination, which is our theme over the Festival weekend.

Guest Preacher: Reverend Richard Lloyd Morgan

Richard Lloyd Morgan was an opera singer on the international circuit for the best part of three decades before becoming ordained to the priesthood in 1999. Since then he worked for twelve years as Chaplain of King’s College, Cambridge and for six months as Interim Dean of Divinity at Magdalen College, Oxford. He was Chaplain to the Master of the Guild of Apothecaries 2017/18

Today Richard serves his local Clapham community, where he acts as a stand-in priest for several parishes. He has a determination to see the Church of England construct and offer an authorized liturgy for marriage between two people of the same gender

Open House Weekend Continues


Workshops and demonstrations (see Saturday’s programme activities)


Exploring Stained Glass:

'The light and the dark' Thomas Denny


Thomas Denny is a leading British contemporary stained glass artist and landscape painter, whose work adorns Durham and Gloucester cathedrals and more recently the Richard III window in Leicester Cathedral, as well as in rural parishes in England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany. His work reflects his deep spirituality and love of sacred landscape, and quotes seventeenth century cleric and poet, Thomas Traherne: “you never enjoy the world aright, till you love the beauty of enjoying it that you are covetous andearnest to persuade others to enjoy it”.

His work is celebrated within Glory, Azure & Gold: The Stained Glass Windows of Thomas Denny. Screening of the documentary film on the artist’s creation of the Richard III window (by kind permission of Alex Wright on behalf of Leicester Cathedral)  FREE ADMISSION


Image & Imagination


Led by Genista Dunham (maximum 12 persons)
Genista is a stained glass artist and teacher at The Prince’s Foundation of Traditional Arts. Trained in the traditional method, she is influenced by Medieval Art, especially the human form. 

Genista is our Festival Artist in Residence.



Malcolm Guite


Poet Malcolm Guite performs a selection of his work.

Poet-Priest Malcolm Guite is Chaplain and Supernumerary Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge, and teaches at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He lectures widely in England and North America on Theology and Literature and has published poetry, theology, and literary criticism and has worked as a librettist. His books include: Love, Remember (November 2017); Mariner, a spiritual biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (February 2017, ); Parable and Paradox (2016); The Singing Bowl (2013); Sounding the Seasons (2012); Theology and the Poetic Imagination (2010) and Faith Hope and Poetry (2006). 

Malcolm has a particular interest in the imagination as a truth-bearing faculty and continues to reflect deeply on how poetry can stimulate and re-awaken our prayer life. 




Choral Evensong and Benediction

A beautiful evening service led by the professional choir of Holy Trinity. Everyone is welcome, of all faiths and none.

Preacher – Poet and singer,  Malcolm Guite

1900hrs Festival closes

Our 2019 Festival

We are delighted to collaborate with and participate in Open House London 2019, inviting people into this living breathing Christian sanctuary that captures the essence and spirit of the Arts & Crafts Movement in a very real, very relevant, very contemporary way.

Please join in and celebrate with us.