Preview: ‘Altered’ – Contemporary art collaborations to transform rural churches, May 2013

Two of Lincolnshire’s rural churches will be transformed by contemporary art installations from two internationally renowned artists.  Dutch documentary filmmaker, director and video artist, Pat Van Boeckel and award-winning visual artist Emily Tracy have been commissioned to produce art for St. Andrews Church, Heckington.  In conjunction with this, Lincolnshire’s Rhubarb Theatre and Brickbeat Recording Studios will be creating a dramatic community production for St Peter’s Church in South Somercotes.

The new commissions are the latest in a series of contemporary artworks created as part of the ‘Altered’ art in churches programme – a pioneering partnership initiative between the University of Lincoln’s College of Arts, artsNK, The Diocese of Lincoln and the Churches Conservation Trust.

Pat Van Boekel’s installation, ‘Entering a New World’, was made with the intention of bringing the church to life by reconnecting it with its community. With a sequence of films and moving imagery being projected onto the font, choir and balcony, Van Boekel’s video concept will encourage visitors to explore the church as an inspiring historic space.

For Emily Tracy’s, ‘Screen’, the artist will recreate the pre-reformation screen separating the nave and the chancel. The screen will capture the shadows and silhouettes of the church’s visitors, providing an immersive experience and making the visitor an intrinsic part of the installation.

On Saturday 27th April from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, ahead of her installation, Tracy will host a rare public talk alongside her father, renowned art historian, Dr. Charles Tracy. The public is invited to see an exclusive preview of Emily’s artwork and explore the architecture of the 14th century parish church, exposing the legends behind the church furnishings that are central to her display.

Chris Heighton, Arts Partnership Development Manager at the University of Lincoln, explained:

These new commissions explore and re-tell the many stories and legends deep within Lincolnshire’s churches. They have been specifically designed and selected to capture imaginations and inspire meaningful and on-going collaborations buy viagra in australia between rural churches, artists and audiences.


Lincoln’s Rhubarb Theatre and Brickbeat Recording Studios have also been selected to create an innovative community-focused production at St Peter’s Church in South Somercotes, entitled ‘The Queen of the Marsh’. The partnership will host a series of dramatic development workshops throughout April and May, creating an audio and visual journey of discovery through the history, myths and legends of the Somercotes district.

The group’s work will then be brought to life through live theatre events within the church on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May, when the church will also host a community picnic.


‘Altered’ has been funded by Arts Council England and Lincolnshire County Council to provide more people with an opportunity to experience great art and support an arts programme that can improve the quality of life and local economy in the county.

‘Entering a New World’ is open to the public on Saturday 4th May from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm, and on Sunday 5th May from 10:30am to 2:30pm.

‘Screen’ is open to the public on Saturday 11th May from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm, and on Sunday 12th May from 10:30am to 2:30pm.

Admission is £3 for adults, £2 for concessions and children under 18 are free.

‘The Queen of the Marsh’:

‘The Queen of the Marsh’ project has been devised by Kirsty Mead from Rhubarb Theatre and Maurice Mulligan from BrickBeat Recording Studios. Their workshops are open to anyone, of any age, who is keen to take part:

Where:             St Peter’s Church, South Somercotes

Dates:              Thursday 18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May, 16th May 2013

Times:              10:00am – 12:00pm

‘The Queen of the Marsh’ performances will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April at 11:30am and 2pm, with the picnic taking place at 12:30pm.

For more details and information about joining this exiting project call Kirsty on 01400 275133 (email: or contact Maurice by email:

Words: Kitty Lungley