Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin: Art, Conflict & Healing: Case Studies from Northern Ireland, China & Ukraine

Date(s) - May 25, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Regent’s Evening Public Lecture series is back for another summer! Join us to explore Scripture, theology, culture, and much more with Summer Programs faculty and other exciting speakers.


Throughout the history of art, some of the greatest works—Goya’s Third of May, 1808, Picasso’s Guernica, Chagall’s White Crucifixion—have been made in response to conflict. In this lecture we will look at some contemporary artists who respond to conflicts that affect them or have affected them in the past: the Bogside Artists in relation to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Ai Weiwei in relation to China’s oppressive regime, and Ukrainian artists in relation to the war with Russia. The leading question will be: can art bring healing? And, if so, how?


Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin has a longstanding track record of writing and speaking about the arts and aesthetics. She is a Teaching Fellow in Religion, Philosophy and the Arts at the University of London. Originally from Amsterdam, she taught for eight years at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto where she was also an Associate Member of the Toronto School of Theology. She served as President of the Canadian Society for Aesthetics from 2005 until 2007 and has published widely for both academic and public audiences. Her publications include articles or chapters for Contemporary Aesthetics, Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed TraditionThe Routledge Companion to Aesthetics and, most recently, a chapter on a group of Northern Ireland muralists for Oxford University Press’s Strategic Peacebuilding series (forthcoming). She co-authored the textbook Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts and currently works as an independent scholar in Cambridge, UK.

Dr. Chaplin is teaching Art in a Time of Crisis from May 23 to May 27 as part of Regent’s 2022 Summer Programs.

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