Behind the scenes of the Christian Arts Festival in Cheltenham are the Charity Trustees of Cheltenham Christian Arts who have organised large scale festivals in 2016, 2017 & 2019 and a one day festival focusing on West Cheltenham in 2018. We look forward to a new large festival taking place 24 April – 9 May, 2021 (Children’s workshops in the Easter Holidays) with a Launch Party in Cheltenham Tonw Hall on Sunday 25 April 2021. Regrettably, we had to postpone this year’s Festival of Stars in Whaddon on Sat 13 June, 2020 because of the lockdown restrictions due to COVID 19. We intend to re-schedule Festival of Stars Whaddon in Spring 2021.
Our AIM is to provide an opportunity for the town’s churches to come together in celebration of our artistic Christian heritage through all the contemporary and traditional arts and share the vibrancy, the joy and the colour of this God-given creative expression with the local community in Gloucestershire. We also invite International Stars to perform, exhibit artwork and to lead workshops.
CHELTENHAM CHRISTIAN ARTS is a Trust with Registered Charity status (1164117) which offers a wide range of Christian faith-inspired arts projects annually at our festivals.
The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester – Patron
Bishop Rachel sums up the 2 hugely successful Festivals in 2016 & 2017: ‘I have witnessed a wonderful showcase where creative artists share their faith through many expressions such as song, visual art, drama and storytelling. The events have been enjoyed by a wide range of audiences from different faith backgrounds and those of no faith who respect the Christian invitation to everyone to celebrate, explore and discover more of life in many joyful and vibrant ways.’
Duncan Munro – Chair and Trustee
Duncan was a Secondary School Teacher and Parish Minister before spending 24 years in the steel industry. From 2006-2011, he was Director of a Scottish grant making charitable trust, The Robertson Trust. In addition to company directorships, he has served in non-executive roles as Chair of the Lindley Educational Trust, Chair of the Diocese of Gloucester AcademiesTrust and Trustee of Dean Close School.
He is currently self-employed as a Management Consultant and Non-Executive Director based in Cheltenham, focussing on organisational development, strategy and governance within the Third Sector. He is a Non Stipendiary Minister in the Diocese of Gloucester.’
With his contributions to Education, Ministerial Leadership and Passion for the Arts, the Trustees were delighted to appoint Duncan as their new Chair in November 2017.
Nikki Seville – Project Leader, Beck Donaldson – Trustee, Georgian Jardim – Trustee
Founded the Art Gifted by God online art gallery and organises various artistic and charitable events across Cheltenham.
Has published on interfaith relations and established an interfaith group in the city of Gloucester for Muslim and Christian women.
Leads music for worship in parish services, and arranges music workshops and coffee concerts for the local community.
Anthony Oliver – Trustee
Anthony is an experienced Fundraising Consultant working with some amazing charities. Skilled in Nonprofit Organisations, Strategic Planning, Capital Campaigns offering both short and long term fundraising support. Experience includes working for disability, education, arts charities and Christian/Church projects.
Anthony has supported Cheltenham Christian Arts from the beginning in 2015, advising on charitable status, our constitution, case of support, social media, fundraising and sponsorship.
Sue Holbrook – Trustee
Sue is an early years teacher with an enthusiasm for learning through creativity. I have a particular interest in textiles and stitching with its inherent possibilities of drawing communities together in a common experience.
Treasurer – Myn Cotterill
Myn is a qualified accountant with an Arts degree who works for a local charity, and can’t help volunteering for good causes.