02 August 2017
As reported recently, hand-knitted versions of six parish churches from our diocese are now on display in Lincoln Cathedral. Part of the artsNK-managed Woolly Spires project, visitors to the Cathedral have an opportunity to see hand-crafted versions of the following churches:
St Denys’, Sleaford
St Mary & St Nicolas, Spalding
St Botolph’s, Boston (Boston Stump)
St James’, Louth
St Wulfram’s, Grantham
and St Mary’s, Stow (Stow Minster).
artsNK has been working with residents and community groups in our diocese since 2009, supporting them in the creation of detailed woollen versions of their local churches, which are knitted over a scaled-down model. This is the first time that all six churches have been on show together, with the woolly versions of St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham and St Mary’s Church, Stow the latest additions.
Speaking about the exhibition, Marion Sander, artsNK Visual Arts Development Co-ordinator, has said: “The Woolly Spires of Lincolnshire are the most wonderful, tactile creations made entirely with the wool of the Lincoln Longwool sheep. They are absolutely loved by young and old alike. This is a fantastic community art project marrying traditional crafts with local history. We are delighted to exhibit all the woolly churches together for the first time in the beautiful Lincoln Cathedral, celebrating the stunning work created by six community knitting groups.”
Woolly Spires may be found in the South Transept during normal Cathedral opening hours until 30th August 2017. The exhibition is free but normal Cathedral entry charges apply.
For more information about Lincoln Cathedral, including opening times, please see here. More details are available from the artsNK website and Facebook page. Woolly Spires – Knitted Churches of Lincolnshire is an artsNK outreach project commissioned by The Collection in Lincoln. The project is funded by Arts Council England.