top of page
Hope’s Work
Hope’s Work

Fri, 04 Aug


Song School, St Mary's Cathedral

Hope’s Work

A talk and workshop about hope, with Jonathan Baxter, David Gee and Barbara Keal.

Time & Location

04 Aug 2023, 13:00 – 16:00

Song School, St Mary's Cathedral, Palmerston Pl, Edinburgh EH12 5AW, UK


Located in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral’s Song School, surrounded by Phoebe Anna Traquair’s murals illustrating the Benedicite Omnia Opera, this event asks us to consider what grounds we have for hope. Following a short introduction by Jonathan Baxter, curator of the A+E programme and embedded artist at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, David Gee, activist and author of Hope’s Work: Facing the Future in an Age of Crises, will begin the session by sharing thoughts on hope and where he believes hope can be found. David writes: ‘In this disturbed age, how can we face a future that can be hard even to find? Drawing on Phoebe Anna Traquair’s visionary murals in the Cathedral, we’ll be asking what commitments, held in our character, communities and cultures, might shape a richer politics.’

Responding to David’s perspective on hope, Barbara Keal, initiator and co-maker of the Coat of Hopes, will introduce the Coat with some stories from its journey, illuminating the Coat’s work as a carrier of hopes. This will be followed by a sharing circle in which each person may wear or hold the Coat as they reflect on where they seek and where they find hope in this time of multiple crises.

Find out more about David’s work here and the Coat of Hopes above.


Free, but a recommended minimum donation of £3.50 to cover running costs is encouraged. If you can afford to pay more, please do. Booking via Eventbrite.

Share this event

bottom of page