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Dr Chloë Reddaway

Dr Chloe ReddawayVisiting Research Fellow, Centre for Arts and the Sacred 

Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Curator in Art and Religion, National Gallery, London


Address: National Gallery






After reading Philosophy and Theology at Trinity College, Oxford, Chloë worked in the arts sector and studied for a P.G. Dip in Cultural Management.  She moved to KCL for an AHRC-funded PhD on the theology of 14th/15th century Florentine fresco cycles, working with Professor Ben Quash and teaching for the MA in Christianity and the Arts  which is run in collaboration with the National Gallery.

Chloë was later Research Assistant to Ben Quash and then Research Associate in the Divinity Faculty in Cambridge, supporting the Inter-faith Programme.  She joined the National Gallery as Ahmanson Fellow/Curator in Art and Religion in 2014.  She lectures widely and has taught for Westcott House, Sarum College, and Westminster College, Cambridge. 

Her work focuses on visual theology and Christian art, with a particular interest in the potential of historic works of art for contemporary theology.  

Research interests
  • Visual theology, especially the recovery of historic works of art as a resource for contemporary theology
  • The artistic use of strangeness as a response to the challenge of painting Christ 
  • Images of the Visitation in connection to the New Creation
  • The ecclesiastical stained glass of Tom Denny
Selected publications
  • Transformations in Person and Paint: Visual Theology, Historical Images, and the Modern Viewer (Brepols). January 2016.
  • Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art and Religion.  Eds, Ben Quash, Chloë Reddaway, Aaron Rosen (IB Tauris). 2017.
  • ‘St Peter’s Church, Martley and St Edburga’s Church, Leigh’ in Glory, Azure and Gold: Twelve stained-glass windows by Thomas Denny. (London: Reed Contemporary Books) 2015. Republished in a second edition (London: Reed Contemporary Books in association with Lund Humphries) 2016.    
  • ‘Reading Hermeneutic Space: Pictorial and Spiritual Transformation in the Brancacci Chapel’ in James Romaine and Linda Stratford (eds), Revisioning, Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art. (Cascade: Oregon) 2014.
  • ‘Covenants and Connections: the Sassetti Chapel, Santa Trinita’ in Stephen Prickett (ed), The Edinburgh Companion to Bible and the Arts (Edinburgh: EUP) 2014.
Chloë teaches widely in theology and the arts.  She has lectured for the MA in Christianity and the Arts run by National Gallery and KCL since 2011 and was the course leader for the National Gallery from 2014-2016.  She has also taught for the University of Cambridge, Westminster College Cambridge, Westcott House, and Sarum College, focussing on theological engagement with historic Christian art, contemporary ecclesiastical art, and the role of the arts in Christian ministry.
Expertise & public engagement

Chloë is a member of the Advisory Board of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, an advisor to Art and Christianity Enquiry, and a founding alumna of the Westminster Abbey Institute.  She has served as a committee member of the Trialogue Conference and is a member of the Society for the Study of Theology, Art and Christianity Enquiry, and the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies.  She is also the editor of the e-bulletin for Arts and Sacred at KCL.

Public engagement

The Audacity of Christ Art: the problem of painting Christ: seven short films for the National Gallery.

Art and the Bible Story: Inspired to Follow, a web resource for churches created by St Martin in the Fields in collaboration with the National Gallery.

Stations of the Cross – collaborator on National Gallery station of this London-side art pilgrimage.

Word and Image; Speech and Silence, lecture for the Wilson Gallery, Cheltenham, 2015 to accompany the exhibition Still Small Voice, of British 20th century biblical works.

National Gallery study tours.

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