Icon Centre


Icon School

Offers courses in iconography at the Icon Centre and also at the Emmanuel Monastery, both long term and short courses, for locals and for people from around the world.

Icon Studio

Working strictly to commission under the direction of the Director the workshop dispatches custom made icons to churches and individuals around the world.

Visitor's Centre

As part of Bethlehem’s welcome to the millions of pilgrims and tourists, the BIC has a dedicated visitor’s centre along the ancient pilgrim’s route in the heart of the City.

How to find us



The Famous British Iconographer Aidan hart visited the Centre      


The famous Iconographer Aidan Hart spent three days from 16-18th of May at the Bethlehem Icon Centre he gave a three-day lectures for the Diploma Students and a general Lecture and presentation about the "Icons in the Liturgy Today" for an audience of 50 people.The students also celebrated the 60th Birthday of Aidan at the Centre with a barbecue gathering which was a nice and special way to end his visit to Palestine.


Nicola Juha appointed 

new Director of the BIC


On April 1st 2017 Ian stood aside as Director of the BIC and Nicola Juha took over the role which Ian had took on since he established the BIC back in 2012. 

Nicola, who has been a student at the BIC since 2012 and served on the Board for much of that time as our legal advisor, brings very strong local relationships and a warm gift for bringing people together. He will focus on developing our Fund Raising strategy, our resources and relationships with general and group visitors, publicity, overseeing the commissions, developing student resources and of course the overall direction of the Centre's development. 

Ian remains Chairman of the BIC non profit company, and takes up a new role as Principal of the Bethlehem Icon School, the main educational arm of the BIC's work, as well as the lead iconographer in the workshop. In particular he will be preparing for the new iconographers who will graduate at the end of this year on the Diploma programme as well as continuing to work on the many commissions which the Centre is attracting.  

With over 30 students last term, and a full intensive one week course, a new cafeteria for our students established in the lecture hall, good international media interest, a growing number of visitors and a steady flow of commissions the Centre is thriving and the expansion of our leadership team helps position us in a good place to build on it.

Auspicious Papal blessing at an important ecumenical event in RoME


Our out-going Director Ian Knowles presenting a prayer card of 'Our Lady Who Brings Down Walls' to His Holiness Pope Francis during the icon blessing at the Anglican Church in Rome, Feb.2017. 

The icon was painted in 2011 on the Israeli separation wall for a group who have prayed the Rosary there every week since it went up. It is inspired by a talk given by Pope Benedict to the bishops of the Middle East where he speaks of the 'Woman clothed in the sun' mentioned in the Book of Revelation as a prophetic image of the suffering faced by Christians across the Middle East.

This was at the first visit of a pope to an ordinary Anglican church community, to All Saints church in Rome. The focus for the occasion was the blessing of the Icon of the Saviour which was painted at the BIC in just ten days. This was done jointly by the Holy Father and the local Anglican bishops. It was an immense honour for the Icon Centre to be able to play such an important part in the moving and ecumenically significant ceremonies.

Next 7 day intensive One Week Icon Painting course: 

Autumn Course: 21-27 September, 2017 - open for bookings

The Bethlehem Icon School is part of the Bethlehem Icon Centre, situated in the heart of the Old City of Bethlehem.

Twice a year we run intensive one week courses in Christian iconography, showing how to use egg tempera paints in the ancient style of Byzantine icons. You learn to draw and paint an icon, and are introduced to methods of using gold leaf.

Classes are small so the tuition is focused and personal. The cost of tuition is still just £200.

Our next course runs from April 6th and finishes the evening of Wednesday 12th, in Holy Week. What a great way to keep Holy Week and prepare for the Triduum.

Message us here for more details or to register. Alternatively, email us: bethlehemiconcentre@gmail.com

Latest News

May 26, 2017, 12:24 AM
The officials visited our Centre during the new Russian project opening in star street.
May 25, 2017, 7:56 AM
Feb 28, 2017, 1:06 PM
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, anoints, blesses and venerates the Icon of the Saviour made at the Icon Centre.
Jan 29, 2017, 6:44 PM
The Icon Centre was widely covered in the world's media over the Christmas period.