The Votives Project is a network of people from different backgrounds who study, create or use votive offerings or other related ways of communicating with the divine. It aims to facilitate dialogue between academic disciplines, and between academics and religious ‘practitioners’, and in doing so to develop rich cross-cultural and multi-period understandings of votive material and contexts.
If you would like to join the Project and/or contribute an article to our blog, please don’t hesitate to contact us by writing to us at the addresses on our Open University webpages (links via our names below). You can also share your photos and ideas on our new Facebook page.
Emma-Jayne Graham and Jessica Hughes, The Votives Project Network Co-ordinators.
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I am an artist and studio art professor at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida USA. Ex-voto and milagro votives have been a major influence in my artwork since I first traveled to Italy in 1982. I was excited to learn about your project from the internet and am interested in being involved with your group, though I am not a member of Facebook. I look forward to hearing from you.
The church of Notre Dame de Bon Secours, located in Old Montreal, Quebec, Canada, sometimes known as the sailors’ church, has ex votos in the form of miniature ships suspended from the rafters of the nave.
The shrine of St Anne de Beaupre, just east of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, has ex votos for healings: canes, crutches, wheel chairs.