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ABOUT US

Artes Christi Australia Inc (ACA) is an arts association based in Sydney with a specific focus on expressing faith through the arts. We are a community of artists focused on promoting "the true, the good and the beautiful" by presenting works that are authentic, transcendent and inspiring for people of every age. Formally established in 2005, Artes Christi’s mission is ‘to seek the Face of Christ through the arts’.

Artes Christi’s musicals, plays, concerts and festivals have engaged audiences of over 50,000 people across Australia as well as in Europe, whilst raising over $75,000 for numerous charities including Yalari Indigenous Education, the MacKillop Canonisation Appeal, the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, the QLD Flood Appeal, Young Australians with a Disability and the St Vincent De Paul Christmas & Winter Appeals.  

Artes Christi's projects have included over 15 major theatrical productions including Hamlet (2016), Fiddler on the Roof (2012), A Man For All Seasons (2011) and MacKillop (2010) whilst the Artes Christi Choir & Orchestra have been touring annually across Australia for the past 5 years singing in Cathedrals, Churches and local communities.  A landmark tour to Europe was also held in December 2015 where the Artes Christi Choir & Orchestra sang and performed at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, St Francis Basilica Assisi, Notre Dame Basilica Paris, and in London, Oxford and Cambridge.

 

MISSION:

‘Artes Christi’ is Latin for ‘the Arts of Christ’ and our motto is St Augustine’s profound reflection on Christ: “Beauty ever ancient, ever new.” This motto was chosen not only for its poetic and theological meaning but also because it speaks to the core of Artes Christi’s creative work at this important time in history.

With the rapid expansion of the internet and online global communications we live in an age more than ever ‘dominated by youth.’ This has resulted in an often significant cultural divide between younger and older generations and consequently, Artes Christi has chosen to strive to produce and promote creative work which speaks to people of every age. Whilst some would question whether such work is possible, we believe that through research, practise and prayer, such work can and has been achieved. Examples of it can been seen in all the major artistic mediums from visual art to architecture from music and theatre to films and documentaries.

As an arts association inspired by the Christian Faith, Artes Christi thus seeks creative expressions which are truly universal in their cultural appeal - work for which St Augustine’s words might be an apt description.

 

EVENTS:

In 2017 Artes Christi is pleased to be supporting the deaf and hearing impaired community through the Ephpheta Centre with two major projects - the new recording of Handel's Messiah CD by the Artes Christ Choir and Orchestra which was recently launched by Bishop Richard Umbers and now available through the Sydney Archdiocesan Fundraising Office and the upcoming production of Camelot which will run from 18-20 August at the Seymour Centre.

Camelot is the renowned musical comedy-drama byAlanJ.Lerner and Frederick Loewe(who also created My Fair Lady). It is the story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere, played out amid the pageantry of Camelot. The plot of illegitimate Modred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, whom she at first abhors, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights who would use their might for right.

The original Broadway production of CAMELOT opened in 1960 starring Richard Burton as Arthur, Julie Andrews as Guenevere and Robert Goulet as Lancelot. The film adaptation also known as CAMELOT was released in 1967 starring Richard Harris as the King.

Artes Christi’s new production of CAMELOT stars German trained opera singer Paul McLeod as Arthur, London trained actress Emily Potts as Guenevere and current Australian Opera singer Ben Caukwell as Lancelot with a special guest appearance from veteran stage, television & screen actor Donald Macdonald as Merlin.

CAMELOT has not been performed in Sydney for many years but is much loved among those who have seen it onstage or on film. With over 3,000 tickets available this will also be the largest production of CAMELOT staged in Sydney since the 1984 touring production which starred Richard Harris as Arthur, Marina Prior as a 21 year old Guenevere and a 19 year old Todd McKenney in the ensemble. 

Artes Christi is proud to be returning CAMELOT to the stage this year so that all ages can enjoy it once again. To secure your tickets for this wonderful musical experience click here.

 

CONTACT:

For more information on the work of Artes Christi please email us.