Posts Tagged ‘art project’

Sacred Stones: photography at St John’s, Chester

31 July 2012

We’ve worked on a number of occasions on the ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ and ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ projects with the photographer David Heke, who’s based in Chester. David has taken some beautiful pictures of locations in medieval Chester, which we have used in displays and will be central to next year’s exhibition and the new ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website, and he has also photographed the new ‘Hryre’ artwork at St John’s Church.

David’s personal project, ‘Sacred Stones’, is inspired by St John’s Church, and I know that readers of this blog will be interested to see the gallery here. There are some beautiful images of the medieval architecture of St John’s, as well as hidden treasures within the church.

‘Hryre’ St John’s artwork launch

26 March 2012

On Thursday 22nd March the permanent version of ‘Hryre’, the new artwork created by artist Nayan Kulkarni, launched at St John’s Church, Chester. The launch event, held at St John’s Church, began with a presentation by Catherine Clarke on ‘Ruins and fragments: illuminating St John’s, Chester’. After refreshments and medieval music, the event continued with short speeches from those who had been involved in the project, including Rev David Chesters, the rector of St John’s, Katherine West of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Magnus Theobald of ‘Chester Renaissance’, Catherine Clarke and, of course, the artist himself Nayan Kulkarni who introduced us to some of the technical complexities of the lighting commission, as well as the creative side. The photography competition prize was also awarded to Nick Price, who was there to receive his cheque (and to take plenty more photos of the new installation!). His wonderful picture is shown below.

The permanent new version of the artwork is stunning, incorporating more manuscript images and focusing on ideas of ruin, loss, memory and endurance. You can download the PDF interpretation guide here.

It was so exciting to see the final artwork emerge out of the darkness. It has been a privilege, and tremendously exciting, to be involved in this project and share our research on medieval Chester in such an innovative way. It was also great to see at the launch event so many of the people who have been involved with the art project over the past year, via workshops and consultation – your input definitely helped to shape the artwork into its final form.

Catherine and Nayan at the launch (photo David Heke)

Catherine and Nayan at the launch (photo David Heke)

Nick Price's winning photo

Award for St John’s artwork!

1 March 2012

We’re proud to announce that ‘Hryre’, the new light-based artwork at St John’s, has been commended in the Chester Civic Trust’s New Year Honours, 2012. This is fantastic recognition for the contribution which the artwork is making to the public environment and culture of Chester. Created by artist Nayan Kulkarni, in collaboration with Catherine Clarke, ‘Hryre’ builds on the ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ research and is part of a new AHRC-funded ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ project which shares that work with new audiences.

‘Hryre’ photography competition!

27 January 2012

Could you take a winning photograph of the lighting installation at St John’s ruins, Chester? There’s a £200 cash prize for the winning image. The lighting sequences will be adjusted for a short period to help you take your photo. Please see full details, and the official entry form, here. Closing date Sunday 26 February. Good luck!

St John’s art project: December workshops

5 January 2012

At the workshops before Christmas we had another opportunity to discuss the research and ideas behind the St John’s art project with local people, and hear their views and suggestions. It was tremendous to hear such positive responses and I felt really privileged and proud to be part of such an exciting project. A few photos attached – though the ones on site don’t show the projections and were taken in very dark conditions! Thank you to our hosts at St John’s for making us so welcome.

Presentation in St John's Church


‘Hryre’ art project: December workshops in Chester

29 November 2011

We’ve now finalised arrangements for another series of community workshops in Chester in December, including more text development workshops, a public presentation at St John’s Church, and an on-site workshop in which you can talk directly to the artist, Nayan Kulkarni, see the projection technology and even get involved in the production of some slides.

You can read more details of the events (and information about booking, where appropriate) here. There will be further activities in January, including a Photography Competition for local photographers to have a go at capturing the light installation – watch this space!

'Hryre' photo by David Heke

Illuminations at Newton Primary School: photos

29 November 2011

On Tuesday 15 November, Year 6 pupils at Newton Primary School worked with artist Nayan Kulkarni to produce illumination designs which were projected over the school building. This workshop and new art were inspired by ‘Hryre’ at St John’s Church, Chester, which projects fragments of text edited by the ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ project across the ruins. The Newton Primary School artwork also explores the idea of writing with light. Pictures by Andy Scargill.

More photos…


Illuminations at Newton Primary School

15 November 2011

For one night only! On Tuesday 15th November Newton Primary School will be illuminated by Year 6 artwork, produced under the direction of multimedia artist Nayan Kulkarni. This new art takes as its inspiration ‘Hryre’, the lighting installation at St John’s Church, Chester, which projects fragments of medieval text across the ruins.

You can read a press release about the event here and you can see a flyer advertising the event here.

‘Hryre’: photos of the St John’s artwork (phase 1)

15 November 2011

The first, temporary, phase of the St John’s art installation is currently up and running in Chester. This will be replaced by the permanent installation early in 2012. The photos here were taken by the artist, Nayan Kulkarni.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the artwork, so please get in touch. The interpretation leaflet here explains how to do that.