Art exhibition stems from year in church

Kathryn Cross A year-long residency at a Norfolk church is to be shared with the public in an exhibition during September and October. Artist Imogen Ashwin from Reepham spent the year at the largely unrestored medieval Wood Dalling church in a project she called Festial. www.world-tree.co.uk/festial/www.world-tree.co.uk/festial/

Kathryn Cross

By KATHRYN CROSS

A year-long residency at a Norfolk church is to be shared with the public in an exhibition starting at the end of the month.

Artist Imogen Ashwin, from Reepham, spent the year at the largely unrestored medieval Wood Dalling church in a project she called Festial.


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The project name came from an influential medieval book by John Mirk, an early 15th century collection of sermons for the major saints and festivals of the church year.

During her time exploring Wood Dalling church Mrs Ashwin structured her visits around some of the most important religious feasts of the medieval year, seeing what happened inside and outside the church.

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On her website she describes it as "a meditative process through which she explored the limits of how far she found herself able to share in, empathise with and inhabit the medieval world.

Each visit saw her engaged in regular tasks and seasonal activities inspired by some of the rituals appropriate to the medieval festival in question".

The exhibition of her work, called Ex Voto arising from the residency, takes place at the Nicholson Gallery, Gresham's School, Holt, from September 26 to October 17.

For gallery opening hours contact 01263 714500 or visit the website www.edp24.co.uk/dailylinks for more information.

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