Six contemporary artists in six City of London churches
In 2005 ACE was invited to curate a visual arts stream for the City of London Festival (June 27 - July 13). INSIGHT was a chance to see some of the most stunning sacred spaces in London in a rare juxtaposition of contemporary art, architectural intervention and church architecture. Six artists responded to the history, culture and visual information of six churches. From Rebecca Horn’s ambitious Moon Mirror sculpture at St Paul's Cathedral to John Newling’s branded golden calf on the exterior of Hawksmoor’s St Mary Woolnoth the artworks formed a trail through the ancient and fascinating streets of the City of London for the duration of its internationally acclaimed Festival.
Other works included Adele Prince's quotidian lightbox images at Wren’s classic church interior of St Stephen Walbrook and a dramatic use of the crypt of St Andrew Holborn by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson. Philippa Hadley Choy’s monumental yet humorous installation at St James Garlickhythe deployed medieval scaffolding techniques, whilst Victoria Jones’s work in St Bride's Fleet Street reflected on the human cost of recent warfare, in the mother church of the press and media.
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Likewise by Adele Prince at St Stephen Walbrook
Moon Mirror by Rebecca Horn has been organised in partnership with the Hayward Gallery and St Paul's Cathedral and is supported by Peter and Elisabetta Mallinson. Insight is supported by Art and Sacred Places, Greenbelt Festival Communion Fund, The Jerusalem Trust, Kroll Talbot Hughes and The Worshipful Company of Grocers.
Curated by Paul Bayley and Meryl Doney and organised by Art+ChristianityEnquiry.