AGAP began in 2006 when Mario Conti, Archbishop of Glasgow at the time, met with Stephen Callaghan who had just directed the Scottish Premiers of two plays written by St Pope John Paul II. Following the success of these productions, there was a desire for a more consistent approach to the mission of evangelising through the arts. By 2007, AGAP had gathered strong support from both professional and amateur artists alike and we launched the pilot for Lentfest, which is now the flagship faith-based arts festival. Each year, AGAP has involved a wide range of people of various faiths and none in a programme that encourages faith exploration through the creative arts: theatre, film, visual art and music.
Our Patron Saint
AGAP's Patron Saint is John Paul II. Before becoming a priest and eventually being elected to the papacy, Karol Wojtyla was a gifted actor, playwright and poet. He went on to write a Letter to Artists in 1999 in which he said: "Every genuine art form in its own way is a path to the inmost reality of man and of the world. It is therefore a wholly valid approach to the realm of faith, which gives human experience its ultimate meaning."