Art & Culture

Cardinal Vincent Nichols launches our 2020 'God Who Speaks' Scripture initiative from the National Gallery in London: bringing to life three devotional and dynamic paintings. Meet our official 2020 artist Pete Codling and find links to art projects taking place across the dioceses.

Here you will find our films of Cardinal Nichols alongside three incredible works of art at the National Gallery. We will also share information about our official 2020 artist Pete Codling, various articles on art and links to art projects taking place across the dioceses – inspiration to deepen our faith and our love of Scripture.

Our final film will go live at godwhospeaks.uk on 26 February 2020, for Lent.

Why not enrich your spiritual journey further by visiting the National Gallery in person or online and discover just how many paintings focus on the Bible and Bible stories?


Art projects across the dioceses:

  • The Archdiocese of Birmingham invites you to reflect on St Matthew’s Gospel with a weekly meditation by Fr Dries van den Akker SJ on the unique paintings of Catholic artist Peter Clare. You can find these weekly meditations here: birminghamdiocese.org.uk
  • The Diocese of Leeds invites you to listen along with them to their podcast series: A History of the Word in 12 Objects – listen here
Film: The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers his reflections on this painting by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano titled 'The Incredulity of Saint Thomas'.

Our Artist for the Year

We’re delighted to have commissioned Pete Codling as our artist for 'The God Who Speaks'.

Christian Art Today

For 2,000 years, art has played a major role in spreading the Good News. God has not just spoken to us in words, but also in images. Patrick van der Vorst is the founder of Christian Art Today which offers a daily reflection on the Gospel reading accompanied by art. In this article he explores the importance of art throughout the ages.

The Art of Stained Glass Scripture

Lo & Behold is a digital art project that uses unique art pieces found in Catholic churches and cathedrals across the UK to share the stories of the Bible.

Film: The Nativity at Night

Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers his reflections on this painting by Dutch artist Geertgen tot Sint Jans titled 'The Nativity at Night'.

Film: Saints Jerome and John the Baptist

Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers his reflections on this painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Masaccio titled 'Saints Jerome and John the Baptist'.

Who was Saint Jerome?

October's 'Focus' falls on St. Jerome. Who was he? What can we learn from him?