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Allan Bell
Project Director



Photograph by Ann Hands

From a background in education and dramatic arts, Allan Bell was ordained an Anglican Priest in 1995.

From 1995-97, at the University of California at Berkley, he created an interreligious project where he used the arts and experiential learning to heighten students’ awareness. This ‘Journey of the Spirit’ is detailed here.

As Warden at Ferrar House, Little Gidding, Cambridgeshire, between 2008-2010, he led workshops, retreats and offered spiritual direction.


For the last fifteen years he has devoted his energy to the importance of silence in the world. His work is grounded in the founding principles of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, ‘a sacred space open to all… to inspire people to action through art and contemplation, to nurture reverence for the highest aspirations of humanity, and to provide a forum for global concerns’. Allan’s experiences at the Rothko Chapel are recorded here.

In 2016 Allan organised the Silence Symposium, a one-day event drawing together theorists and artists to explore the theme of silence. Details of the day can be found here.