"A Light Shines in the Darkness" exhibition

A touring exhibition featuring works of art by six acclaimed film and video artists will travel to five churches in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust between November 2014 and Spring 2015.

The exhibition is a partnership between not-for-profit organisation Film and Video Umbrella and The Churches Conservation Trust, seeking to shine a new light church buildings, and encourage new audiences to consider them in afresh.

Selected by Film and Video Umbrella and independent curator Paul Bayley, the programme takes ideas of light and darkness as its starting point. The shafts of celestial light that once shone in these churches is replaced by the beam of a projector, providing new kinds of illumination.

The programme will visit five churches in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust:

  • St Leonard’s Church, Bridgnorth - 12th - 29th November 2014
  • Church of St Edmund, Falinge - 14th - 28th February 2015
  • Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn - 5th March 2015 only
  • St Werburgh’s Church, Derby - 12th March - 12th April 2015
  • Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland - 19th - 21st March 2015

The tour also visits Winchester and Norwich Cathedrals, where it begins and ends. Cathedrals and churches are spiritual places of wonder and valued heritage sites. It is hoped that the touring exhibition will shine a spot light on theses amazing buildings drawing in a new audience to contemplate both the art and the building.

The artists films are: Still Point by Suki Chan; Leap after the Great Ecstasy by Melanie Manchot; Stable by kathleen Herbert; Uriel by Alexander & Susan Maris; The Carriers Prayer by Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson; and Everything Made Bronze by Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone.

Picture © Carl Faulkner