This summer seven rural churches - Masham, Healey, Well, Snape, West Tanfield, Mickley and our own St Mary's Church in North Stainley - are joining together in a new art project to be known as 'Sculpt'. Seven acclaimed and well-established artists will each be assigned one of the seven churches in which to install large-scale, high-quality art which will be on display from Friday 24th May until Saturday 21st September.
The high-profile event will have Archbishop John Sentamu as its patron and the project will benefit from Arts Council and other grant aid totalling £60,000.
The aim is to bring art into rural communities and make it accessible to people who might not otherwise have the chance to experience it. The project is also expected to increase visitor numbers to the area, provide opportunities for artists to exhibit their work, and enable people to engage more with their church buildings, helping to retain their vibrancy and connection with the wider community.
The artist who will be working in St Mary's is Evy Jokhova, a Swiss-born sculptor, painter and performance artist whose work has been widely exhibited in London and throughout Europe. She will be visiting the village on Friday 8th February at 12:30pm to give us a preliminary view of her work. All are welcome and encouraged to attend and give their support to this prestigious project.
Further information is available from Scilla Kealy on 01765 635253