Faith & the Arts Summer School

Please visit our dedicated event website for current FATA event information and registration.

The Faith and the Arts Summer School is an inspiring and practical week-long residential arts program that runs in early January each year. It offers the chance to focus on a variety of creative art forms in the context of an enlivening and supportive Christian faith environment. The Summer School takes place in the unique and picturesque setting of the Poatina Village community in Tasmania’s heartland, nestled on the edge of the majestic Great Western Tiers.  

Faith and the Arts is a celebration of life and the Great Creator; a chance for like-minded people to come together and give time and space to their own and each other’s creativity. Suitable for adults and teenagers, it is perfect for anyone wanting to explore their creativity, develop artistic skill, or express themselves and/or their faith. This fun-filled week will also deepen your understanding and experience of creating with the Great Creator as we explore the creative process itself through daily gatherings of creative worship and interactive teaching. Participants can choose two elective workshop streams to focus on for the week (20+ hours of elective workshop time each), including our popular 'Retreat Mode' option and series of short 'Mix It Up' workshops. Artistic experience is not required for most electives.

The Summer School has been running in a multi-discipline format since 2003 and prior to that as a painting and drawing summer school for many years. We are constantly amazed by the calibre of leaders who teach from year to year, providing a program that is high quality, dynamic, practical and inspiring. Participants and leaders often return annually because FATA becomes a kind of extended family and community, providing fellowship and support for artists who are also Christian that can otherwise be difficult to find.

Elective disciplines offered each year vary, but typically can include Painting/Drawing; Music/Songwriting/Recording; Glass Blowing/Kiln-formed Glass/Flame-worked Glass; Dance; Poetry/Fiction Writing; Printmaking; Sculpture; Ceramics; Jewellery/Silversmithing; Photography; Stagecraft/ Visual Theatre/Drama; Video Production/Editing; and Retreat Mode. Please visit to read more details on electives currently being offered.