Immersive light and sound exhibition to illuminate Nottinghamshire church with forest vibes

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Parish church to be transformed into “forest glade” as part of art installation

A Nottinghamshire church is set to be bathed in the lights and sounds of the forest as part of a spectacular art installation.

The project, called Fallen From The Same Tree, is set to debut at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church in Newark on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4.

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Designed by arts organisation Newark Creates with artists Urban Projections, CJ Mirra and students from Magnus Academy, guests will be treated to a free show lasting 15 minutes between 5.30pm and 9pm.

The church’s interior will be illuminated with a light and sound installation. (Photo: Newark and Sherwood District Council)The church’s interior will be illuminated with a light and sound installation. (Photo: Newark and Sherwood District Council)
The church’s interior will be illuminated with a light and sound installation. (Photo: Newark and Sherwood District Council) | Newark and Sherwood District Council

Carol Newman, director of culture at Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries, a community benefit charity, said: “St Mary’s is the perfect setting for this event.

“Seeing the light play against its lofty rafters will echo a forest canopy while the carefully chosen soundscape will reverberate beautifully in this cavernous space.

“This is a fantastic way to kick off the festive season too and I hope that lots of people will come along to enjoy the fantastic work of our local young students.”

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The students explored the “ideas of interconnection with nature” through a series of workshops hosted by the artists to create audio recordings and sequences of lights to use in the installation.

They considered “how intertwined humans and nature” are and the “complexity of the connection to local woodland” to create the illuminated display.

Newark Creates is a cultural programme, led by Newark Cultural Consortium, and receives funding from Historic England, Arts Council England, Newark Town Board and Newark and Sherwood District Council to support its events.

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