Education and Arts

Awakening the Sacred 2017

Awakening the Sacred through Literature and the Arts Conference

Friday 7 July - Saturday 8 July 2017

Australian Catholic University

25A Barker Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

Awakening the Sacred is the fifth in a series of conferences presented by The Sacred in Literature and the Arts (SLA), a community of interest that brings Australian and international writers, artists, musicians, academics, religious and members of the general public together to explore the interplay between the arts and the sacred.

The 2017 conference asks how literature and the arts can help to awaken an experience of the sacred: do the arts provide a common ground for people of different faiths and no faith to open themselves to the ineffable? There will be a special focus on the meditative traditions and practices of East and West and the ways in which they are often nurtured and supported by literature and the arts. The conference is held in conjunction with The World Community of Christian Meditation.

The conference features a wide range of speakers, including Laurence Freeman OSB, Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr, Sasha Grishin, Rachael Kohn, Maeve Heaney, David Tacey,Imam Afroz Ali, artists Michael Galovic and Chelsea Adkins, and the ACU Choir. The conference will also feature an exhibition of traditional icons and contemporary religious art by Michael Galovic, alongside works by Chelsea Adkins.

Conference sessions run from 2:30 - 9:00 pm on Friday 7 July, and from 8:30 - 4:45 pm on Saturday 8 July.

Unlike the most recent conferences, there will not be a call for papers.

Registrations will open in April. Further information and registration details will be posted to this site as they become available. Inquiries can be addressed to Michael Griffith at or Judi Taylor at