History

Christians in the 1960s began to be aware of the desperate need for the church to be engaged with arts and media. A group of Christians including Cliff Richard, David Winter, & Cindy Kent began to pray for such a place, and their prayers coincided with the vision of Nigel Goodwin for a house in a city, full of artists, 'talking, arguing, laughing, weeping, working together...'

Nigel, with his wife Gilly, eventually became the director and host of the ACG's first London premises in Hornton Place in Kensington. Later the ACG moved to Short Street in Waterloo, just round the corner from the Old Vic, where it stayed for 15 years.

Over those years, there were countless collaborations, conversations and fierce debates. There were Bible studies and cabarets, prayer and exhibitions, plenty of food, endless coffee and not a few glasses of wine. There were spin-offs too - annual Christmas Celebrations at All Souls, weekends away, arts festivals (among them Greenbelt) and cooperative arts ventures too numerous to mention.

Christians in the arts still need each other, they still need a forum for debate, a group where they can be supported and challenged, where they can try out new ideas and form long-lasting friendships. They still need prayer.