Caistor Church transformation through art

Sound and vision: countryside through a unique series of windows at Caistor Parish Church EMN-141013-093559001

Sound and vision: countryside through a unique series of windows at Caistor Parish Church EMN-141013-093559001

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A new art installation in a Caistor Church will allow visitors to glimpse the beauty of the countryside through a unique series of windows.

St Peter and St Paul Church will be transformed this weekend by artists Lynn Dennison and Gen Doy under the Altered: Contemporary Art in Ancient Churches programme; a pioneering partnership between the University of Lincoln, artsNK and The Diocese of Lincoln.

The sound and film-based ‘When will our fields be seen, our church bells heard?’ has been inspired by the poems of Charles Tennyson Turner, one-time resident of Caistor and vicar of Grasby in the 19th Century.

His celebrated poem, Sunrise, has been the inspiration for the installation.

“Alfred is the most famous Tennyson brother, but Charles is a fine poet whose work will be used to transform the church, along with inspiring images of the surrounding landscape,” said Ben Stoker, Church Development Officer for the Diocese of Lincoln.

Artist Lynn Dennison‘s artwork explores what happens when the exterior meets the interior, and Gen Doy’s current artistic practice involves sound installation and performance, with a particular interest in sites of historical or social significance.

Their work, which represents the final installation in the Altered series for 2014, will be accompanied by a unique soundscape, comprising sounds of the church, field recordings created in nearby rural locations, as well as a 
selection of poems by Tennyson Turner, spoken, sung and set to music.

When will our fields be seen, our church bells heard?’ will open to the public from 10am to 7pm on Saturday, October 18, and 11.30am to 7pm on Sunday, October 19.

Admission is free.