BAI Review (Autumn 2023)

As a member of the BAI you will receive a quarterly Review.  Our Review is published for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and is usually at least 40 pages in length. It has interesting articles and useful information for both established iconographers and for those just starting out.  UK members will have a printed copy of the Review posted to them, while overseas members can opt to either have the printed Review posted  or an e-mailed version.
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Cover Icon – Nativity Aidan Hart
BAI Patrons, Officers and Information
The Editor’s Message
BAI Members’ Exhibition – Autumn 2023
Meditation – St Luke Sr Esther
Bulgarian Orthodoxy’s inspiration – New BAI Member – Maria Zaharieva
New Chichester Workshop for Liturgical Art
Aidan Hart, Martin Earle, James Blackstone
A Wonder-working Icon
Minutes of the 2023 AGM of the BAI
New School of Iconographic Technique – Amanda de Pulford
List of Suppliers
Useful websites
How to send Articles for the Review
Membership of the BAI
Prayer of the Icon Painter

A Message from the Editor …


Dear Friends in the BAI family,

It is a pleasure to serve you. I learn so much.  The special event this Autumn was the BAI Exhibition of Members’ work, which was held in the north-west, in Liverpool. Aidan Hart gave a Talk, which is outlined in this Review, together with images. (see p5-19)

There will be more information and photos on the website – do take a look at all the beautiful work. As with all iconography, the weekend was surrounded by prayer and liturgy.

An article by a new member, who is an experienced iconographer, explains the background of Bulgarian Orthodoxy and how this has influenced her work, some of which is shown alongside.  As usual, there is a Meditation, which helps us to pray with the icon and to listen to God speaking to our personal needs. Some of you may be called to write your own icon after praying with one of Sr Esther’s Meditations.

The BAI website contains information about Workshops and Courses – all the dated material. I would urge you to check the website regularly.

Here in the Review, we aim to look at themes that are of interest to BAI Members of all backgrounds. We learn from each other. Do
continue to send in ideas, articles, questions…… We look at Orthodox icons, the inspiration of God’s call to write these icons, the history of icons, icons in liturgy, techniques …..

Praying for you all and sending every good wish for
a Blessed Advent and a Peaceful Christmas
Ann (BAI Editor – volunteer)

N.B. Opinions expressed in articles are personal and are not necessarily those of the BAI.

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Do please send your ideas and questions; your writing, photos,  news about BAI Groups and Members or about your own interests,  information about courses, websites, churches, books, music…..



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