Art Alive in Norfolk Churches started in May 2008 with 11 churches hosting artists and crafts people in residence over two week-ends. The event attracted over 4,000 visitors. Art Alive used 26 churches and the event took place 23rd - 25th May 2009.
Aim of the project
To promote rural and urban locations through their built heritage and local arts and crafts. The local church is a focal point with an artist or crafts person in residence demonstrating skills associated with that church. It revives craft skills not in common use, encourages use of the church and encourages visitors into beautiful but often deprived areas.
1. Tourism and rural regeneration
- To increase cultural and spiritual tourism
- To develop a series of trails that can be web based
- To encourage changed use of a church in promoting rural regeneration
2. Art and Craft Promotion
- To set up a database of local artists and crafts people in Norfolk
- To use established church networks to promote traditional arts and crafts skills and to bring participation to a younger audience
- To share skills and expertise with school children as part of curriculum work
- To foster in children an understanding of the role of the church in their community and to work within the framework of the RE curriculum where it interacts with Art Alive
- To enable communities to work together in understanding their heritage both cultural and spiritual
1. Paston Letters
2. Coastal Churches
3. Animals depicted in churches
4. Medieval Guilds in Norwich
1. To show the wealth of artistry in church buildings and their artefacts
2. To raise awareness of craft skills to create a resource of skills for Norfolk
3. To increase knowledge amongst young people
4. To increase spiritual and cultural tourism.