Altered Festival fills churches with art works

Filharmonic by Dan Fox will be on show at St Andrew's Church, Burton Pedwardine. EMN-150427-171902001
Filharmonic by Dan Fox will be on show at St Andrew's Church, Burton Pedwardine. EMN-150427-171902001

A contemporary arts festival will transform eight Lincolnshire rural churches and bring internationally-renowned artists to the county in May to present thought-provoking installations and host a number of workshops.

The Altered Festival 2015 marks the conclusion of Altered: Contemporary Art in Ancient Churches – an initiative masterminded by the University of Lincoln, the Diocese of Lincoln and artsNK. It will take place in the Lincolnshire villages including Burton Pedwardine, Heckington and Aslackby.

Sound artist and musician Dan Fox will transform St Andrew’s Church in Burton Pedwardine with Filharmonic, a work originally commissioned by the National Trust which will bounce light and sound off the ancient church walls to create an immersive experience for the audience on Saturday May 9 10am – 7pm and Sunday May 10 11am – 7pm.

Pat Van Boeckel will stage Entering a New World at St Andrew’s Church, Heckington on Friday May 8 7–9pm, Saturday May 9 10am – 6pm and 10.30pm – 11.30pm, then Sunday May 10 12.30–7pm.

Davy and Kristin McGuire will present Ophelia’s Ghost at St James’s Church, Aslackby on Saturday, May 2, 10am – 7pm, Sunday May 3 11am – 7pm and Monday May 4 11am – 7pm.

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

Visitors are also invited to attend a series of special events and artist talks as part of the festival. These include a chance to meet the artists on Friday May 8 from 7-9pm at St Andrew’s Church, Heckington with a special organ recital by John Lyon (8-8.30pm).

For full details and more events, visit the Altered website: www.alteredartsproject.weebly.com