ArtServe Fellowships were launched in 2019 in celebration of our tenth anniversary year. They are awarded for exceptional contributions to Christian creativity, and entitle the recipient to all the privileges of lifetime ArtServe membership. The first four such awards were announced at our 2019 AGM, and a further award was made in 2020.
The Revd Erica Bebb has twice been our festival chaplain, and has both modelled and shared creative ministry.
She is an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Bristol where her job title is Pastor for the Arts. A former dancer, she is passionate about using the arts to raise awareness of violence against women.
The Revd Dr Andrew Pratt was a member of the Methodist Church Music Society before the foundation of ArtServe, and is a prolific hymn writer, widely known for his challenging words. He was a member of the Music Resources Group for the 2011 Methodist hymn book Singing the Faith. He also paints, blogs, lectures and is chair of the Pratt Green Trust.
The Revd Nel Shallow is a Methodist Presbyter. She is married to James, a research archaeologist; they have two sons, a daughter-in-love, a very old Westie, and a grand-puppy dachshund called Hagrid. Sheffield is home for Nel and her family. Nel is passionate about enabling creative Gospel storytelling; she is a photographer, and loves to tell tales about God.
During lockdown, Nel has offered creative and supportive ministry online. This work in particular makes her an appropriate recipient of an ArtServe Fellowship in what has been a strange and challenging year both for our churches and for the arts.
Stella was ‘in at the beginning’ of ArtServe – and her husband Graham (sadly no longer with us) was its first chair.
Stella has been a constant, encouraging presence over the decade, attending every festival. She is modest about her own considerable musical talents including many years as a church organist.
As a Past President of the Methodist Conference and one of the chairs of the London Methodist District, the Revd Michaela Youngson is well-known to many.
When she is not preaching, representing the Methodist Church or ministering to others, she can be found in her studio creating artworks in fused glass. Michaela is the author of two books and continues to be called upon as a writer of reflections, liturgy and poetry.
A fellowship nominee must be a member of ArtServe who has made an exceptional contribution to Christian creativity, as well as showing particular support to ArtServe itself.
If you are a member of ArtServe and would like to nominate another member for a fellowship, please send your suggestions to . Nominations will be considered by the board before each year's AGM. Board members decide whether or not to offer a fellowship, so it is not appropriate for a current board member to be nominated.
The initiative was launched with several fellowships in order to celebrate a range of different contributions, but in general we do not expect to award more than one fellowship each year.