Welcome to the site for the Bishop Otter Scholar for Theology and the Arts in the Diocese of Chichester, with ASK (Centre for Arts and the Sacred) at King’s College London.

The post of Bishop Otter Scholar was created in 2015 to develop research and engagement with Theology and the Arts in the Diocese of Chichester.

The post is currently held by Dr Sheona Beaumont (September 2017-).  Sheona works as both a researcher and artist, exploring photography’s histories and practices through a theological lens.  She read Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts, followed by an MA in Visual Culture at the University of Nottingham.  She completed her doctorate at the University of Gloucestershire in 2017, where she researched the Bible in/as photography at the International Centre for Biblical Interpretation, supported by Bible Society.

You can read more about her, and follow her work here:



This site is being redeveloped as a resource platform and record of previous activities, currently consisting of the previous Scholar’s articles and posts. Further information will follow.

Previous Bishop Otter Scholar

Dr Naomi Billingsley was Bishop Otter Scholar from October 2015 to December 2016. Naomi read Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge, followed by an MA in Christianity and the Arts at King’s College London, and (immediately prior to her move to Chichester) a doctorate on William Blake’s depictions of Christ at the University of Manchester. Her work as Bishop Otter Scholar included research on the art in Chichester Cathedral and related initiatives to gather contemporary responses to and reflections on these works.


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