CARTA – Committee on Church Art and Architecture

Church Art and Architecture Committee

The Committee advises congregations and presbyteries regarding the most appropriate way of carrying out renovations, alterations and reordering of interiors, having regard to the architectural quality of Church buildings. It also advises on the installation of stained glass, tapestries, memorials, furniture and furnishings, and keeps a list of accredited artists and craftsworkers.
Any alteration in the exterior or interior of a Church building which affects it appearance must be referred to the Committee for approval, preferably at an early stage.  Members of the Committee are prepared, when necessary, to visit churches and meet office-bearers with the services offered by the Committee free of charge.
The Committee seeks the conservation of the nation’s heritage as expressed in its Church buildings, whilst at the same time helping to ensure that these buildings continue to serve the worship and witness of the Church in the present day.

For further information on buildings please visit the General Trustees area at

For the resources provided by the General Trustees, please go to

Information and resources on Listed Buildings can be found on the Historic Scotland website.

A copy of the CARTA form may be downloaded below.

Our CARTA Quick Guides can be accessed by clicking on the menu on the left.