2nd April 2015, 4:23pm
Altered Festival 2015: Celebrating contemporary art in ancient churches
Pat Van Boekel installation A contemporary arts festival will transform eight ancient rural churches in the culmination of an ambitious project to connect art and places of worship art with new audiences.

The Altered Festival 2015 will bring internationally-renowned artists to the historic county of Lincolnshire in May 2015 to present thought-provoking installations and host workshops for local communities.

The festival marks the conclusion of Altered: Contemporary Art in Ancient Churches – an initiative led by the University of Lincoln, the Diocese of Lincoln and artsNK – which has challenged audiences to view historic church buildings in new ways through innovative artworks. It will take place in the Lincolnshire villages of Grasby, Greetwell, Burgh Le Marsh, Burton Pedwardine, Heckington, Swineshead, Aslackby and Gedney.

Chris Heighton, Arts Development Officer at the University of Lincoln, said: “Since the project began four years ago we have welcomed thousands of people to eight exhibitions and many community workshops held in churches across Lincolnshire. We have shown that churches can inspire contemporary artists to create beautiful, thought-provoking work that casts a new light on ancient stones.

“The Altered Festival 2015 is both a celebration of the project’s achievements and a challenge to artists and church communities to build upon the foundations which have already been laid. We hope all our festival visitors will be inspired by our programme of exhibitions.”

New work by acclaimed artists Emilie Voirin, Katy Armes, Martin Smith and Dan Fox will be presented alongside four previous Altered commissions from Pat Van Boeckel, Davy & Kristin McGuire, William Lindley and Lynn Dennison & Gen Doy.

Ben Stoker, Church Development Officer for the Diocese of Lincoln, said: “We are delighted to be showcasing so many exciting new works alongside those which have proved extremely popular over the course of the Altered programme. This festival, which includes such a wealth of fantastic contemporary art, is a wonderfully fitting way to celebrate what has been a very successful project.”

Marion Sander, Visual Arts Development Coordinator at artsNK, added: “Altered is a brilliant concept that has shown the arts are an ideal vehicle to excite existing and create new audiences for ancient churches, which are incredible art works in their own right.”

For more information, visit the Altered website: www.alteredartsproject.weebly.com
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