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Travel through time with new exhibition at Leasingham church

15 April 2014

St Andrew's Church Leasingham will host a workshop and exhibition as part of arts project Altered

An imaginative new art installation at a rural Lincolnshire church will transport visitors back in time.

St Andrew's Church in Leasingham, near Sleaford, will become home to Shadow Play, a new exhibition from artist William Lindley that explores the history of the church and its surrounding parish.

Shadow Play will discover the church's past, present and future narratives through a combination of different artworks and media, from drawing to printmaking and projection to film. As a live installation that evolves throughout the weekend, some elements will only reveal themselves through audience encounter and changing light conditions, making each visitor's experience unique.

It is the latest in a series of artworks to be commissioned as part of the successful Altered arts in churches programme - a pioneering partnership between the University of Lincoln, artsNK and the Diocese of Lincoln. Funded by Arts Council England and Lincolnshire County Council, the programme aims to open up both rural churches and contemporary art to new audiences.

Arts Partnership Development Manager at the University of Lincoln, Chris Heighton, said: "Altered sets out to challenge visitors to view the county's historic churches in new ways through the prism of contemporary art. Each new commission explores and re-tells the many stories and legends deep within Lincolnshire's churches to inspire communities, and Shadow Play is a fantastic example of this, particularly as William Lindley's work will involve and respond to local audiences."

Alongside the public exhibition, William Lindley is holding a series of workshops to engage local communities, including a printmaking session at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford on Wednesday, April 23 and community workshops at St Andrew's Church, Leasingham on Sunday, April 27. The workshops at St Andrew's Church are free and open to the public to drop-in from 11am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm.

William said: "I have always found parish churches to be fascinating, and spent part of my formative years as an artist studying, drawing and even singing in them.

"As intersections between belief, architecture, time, landscape and community, and accretions of human and natural endeavour, they simultaneously remain known and understandable, yet full of mystery; this is often an integral part of their charm, and St Andrew's is no exception."

Shadow Play opens to the public from 10am-9pm on Saturday, May 3, 11am-9pm on Sunday, May 4 and 10am-5pm on Monday, May 5.

For more information on Altered and to find out about new curator and commission opportunities, visit www.alteredartsproject.weebly.com