St Swithun's, Worcester

St Swithun's Church, Worcester, Worcestershire

Sound & Art at St Swithun’s is an exciting £2.4m project that will conserve, repair and adapt St Swithun’s church, creating a distinctive arts and cultural space in the heart of Worcester.

St Swithun’s is a Grade I-listed church in the heart of Worcester’s city centre and is a Georgian gem in a city renowned for its Georgian architecture. St Swithun’s is considered one of the most complete early Georgian churches in England, its airy interior is packed with original features, including a decorative plaster ceiling, box pews, gilded triple-decker pulpit and mayor's chair with sword rest.

Our vision is to create a truly inspirational space, which will creatively use sound and art to engage, enthuse and inspire our visitors.

In October 2017, St Swithun's was awarded a grant of £1.6m by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the funding will help to secure the future of the building. This project would not be possible without the Friends of St Swithun’s and all our partners, funders and supporters.

The Sound & Art at St Swithun’s project will:

  • Repair and conserve a nationally significant building
  • Install new heating, lighting and toilet facilities
  • Interpret its heritage in new and accessible ways using sound, light and touch in an immersive way;
  • Deliver an exciting programme of learning activities;
  • Sound & Art at St Swithun’s will support and collaborate with emerging talent, giving new artists a creative space to trial new arts and enterprises and showcase work;
  • During the conservation work and afterwards we will provide training apprenticeships and work experience in traditional craft skills and business administration to students and job seeker

We are very excited that work on the project will start on site in summer 2019 with St Swithun’s re-launching as Sound & Art at St Swithun’s in the late summer / early autumn of 2020. During building closure for the essential work, we will be hosting open days and hard hat tours – these will be a fascinating opportunity to see ‘behind the scenes’ conservation in action. We are finalising the dates and will be publicising them shortly.

There will also be opportunities to get involved in volunteering, historical research and training. When we relaunch there will an exciting programme of activities, events and performances. To keep up to date Follow us on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram.