About AGAP

AGAP was established in 2006 under the patronage of Archbishop Mario Conti and set up by arts practitioner Stephen Callaghan as part of the Faith into Action initiative. It is part of the Communications Department of the Archdiocese of Glasgow. AGAP exists to help people explore, express and celebrate faith through the arts. We organise events and activities all year round and are the organisers of the annual faith-based arts festivals, LENTfest and Arts in Autumn.

AGAP was founded in October 2006 by Mario Conti, Archbishop of Glasgow and set up by arts practitioner, Stephen Callaghan. Throughout the centuries, the Catholic Church has supported the arts and culture through its patronage, encouraging the expression of what it is to be human through various artforms and recognising art as a gift from the Divine Creator.

AGAP continues this important work today by organising arts events and activities, creating opportunities for the development of skills and pastoral formation, and providing a channel for those wishing to contribute to the cultural life of the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

Organisational Structure

AGAP is a branch of the Communications Department of the Archdiocese of Glasgow. It is managed by the Creative Director, Stephen Callaghan, who is responsible for the creative output of AGAP and delivering its many activities.

Stephen meets with an Advisory Board three times a year to make key decisions on the activity of AGAP. The board consists of a representational cross-section of those from various arts professions, education, youth and the clergy of the Archdiocese. The Creative Director is assisted by a part-time Administrative Assistant, Isla Johnston. Volunteers are also recruited to run activities and assist in various ways with the running of the project.

Advisory Board

The AGAP Advisory Board meets three times a year with the Creative Director (usually in September, January, and May). Its membership is determined by the Creative Director although advice is sought from the Archbishop and other members of the board as to who should be invited to serve in this capacity. Whilst the Board is instrumental in helping the Creative Director to reach important decisions, final responsibility for decision-making rests with him. A new Advisory Board will be appointed in the near future.