Art Alive in Norfolk Churches – Artists and Angels



Art Alive in Churches celebrates the rich cultural history in Norfolk’s medieval churches. The 2012 programme features events across the county, from June to August, focussing on the painting and carving of angels, combining medieval art with modern practice. The first event is an exhibition, Artists and Angels, at The Cathedral of St John the Baptist Norwich from 12 to 17 June. Visits to churches with particularly good examples of angels are also being promoted.

The Artists and Angels exhibition features images of angels from Norfolk’s medieval churches photographed by Paul Hurst, along with historical interpretation from Professor Sandy Heslop, Dr Spike Bucklow and others.

The full programme of events is as follows:

  • Artists and Angels exhibition at The Narthex, The Cathedral of St John the Baptist Norwich NR2 2PA, 12 to 16 June, 10.30am to 5pm, and 17 June, 1pm to 4pm – also angels in the cathedral on stone, wood and stained glass.
  • Andy Hibberd will be carving angels in wood at the Festival of Angels at St Nicholas Chapel (Churches Conservation Trust) King’s Lynn PE30 1LT, 16 and 17 June. St Nicholas Chapel has angels on the nave roof and is open Tuesday and Saturday to November,www.stnicholaskingslynn.org.uk.
  • Maz Jackson will demonstrate egg tempera painting techniques and will run workshops at St Agnes Church Cawston NR10 4JJ, on 16 and 17 June – there are angels in the church in the nave roof and on the rood screen.
  • Val Cartmell, wood carver will run workshops at All Saints Church Marsham NR10 5RB on 16 and 17 June. The church has angels in the nave roof and on the rood screen.
  • Artists and Angels exhibition at All Saints Church King’s Lynn PE30 5HF, from 16 to 22 July, open daily 10am to 4pm, with demonstrations by sculptor David Holgate on 21 and 22 July.
  • Artists and Angels exhibition at St Catherine’s Church Ludham NR29 5AB, during Norfolk Open Churches Week, 4 to 12 August, open daily 10am to 5pm. Maz Jackson, egg tempera artist and Sheila McDonald enamellist will run workshops on 4 and 5 August.

All the events are free with the exception of the Festival of Angels at St Nicholas’ Chapel King’s Lynn. The Festival of Angels, admission £3.50 (children free), is organised by the Friends of St Nicholas’ Chapel who are raising money for urgent work needed on the chapel’s roof. The chapel is owned by The Churches Conservation Trust, www.stnicholaskingslynn.org.uk.

Art Alive in Churches 2012 is supported by the Town Close and Geoffrey Watling Charitable Trusts, Norfolk County Council, the Diocese of Norwich and the Bishop of Norwich’s Anne French Trust.

Jennie Hawks, Historic Places of Worship Support Officer, Diocese of Norwich said: “In medieval times the North Sea and English Channel were major highways for both commerce and art and crafts. Norfolk’s great medieval churches benefited from the work of visiting artists from Burgundy and Flanders as well as local craftsmen.  

We are very lucky in Norfolk that many examples of this craftsmanship survived the iconoclasm of the Reformation, post-Reformation and Civil War. Art Alive in Churches celebrates this rich legacy and brings it up to date with demonstrations from some of the county’s finest contemporary artists.”


Churches to Visit with Angels

  • St Edmund Acle, The Street Acle NR13 6QY – angels on font and sanctuary curtain rail, open daily 9am to 5pm. 
  • St Michael Booton (Churches Conservation Trust) NR10 4NZ, large Victorian angels in roof, opening details www.visitchurches.org.uk
  • St Michael Great Cressingham, IP25 6NH, angels in nave roof, www.greatcressingham.churchnorfolk.com, tel 01760 756200. 
  • King’s Lynn Minster, angels on chancel screen, open daily dawn to dusk. 
  • St Peter & St Paul Knapton NR28 0SF, angels in nave roof, open daily. 
  • St John the Baptist, Lound NR32 5LL, angels by Ninian Comper on organ case and rood screen, open daily 8.30am to dusk. 
  • All Saints, Necton PE37 8HE, angels in nave roof, open daily. 
  • Norwich Cathedral (Anglican), nearly 250 angels can be found here, open daily. 
  • St Peter Mancroft, Norwich NR2 1RD, angels in nave roof, below upper nave windows, font cover and reredos, open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. 
  • St Peter Ringland NR8 6JJ, angels in nave roof, open daily. 
  • St Peter & St Paul Salle NR10 4SE, angels on exterior (west end) and on nave roof, open daily 8am to dusk. 
  • St Peter & St Paul Swaffham PE37 7AB, angels in nave roof, open daily 9am to 4pm. 
  • St Botolph Trunch NR28 0PZ, angels in nave roof and on font cover, open daily. 
  • Wymondham Abbey, angels in nave roof and Lady Chapel and angels on reredos behind main altar by Ninian Comper, open daily 10am to dusk. 
  • St Clement Outwell PE14 8RQ (Diocese of Ely), angels in nave roof, contact Rev’d Alan Jesson, alan.jesson@ely.anglican.org
  • St Peter Upwell PE14 9AA (Diocese of Ely), angles on north side of nave, contact Rev’d Alan Jesson, alan.jesson@ely.anglican.org
For more information about Art Alive in Norfolk Churches see www.norfolkopenchurches.com.

St Andrews, North Burlingham NR13 4TA – Artists and Angels
St. Andrews will be open from Tuesday 12 to Sunday 17 June, 10am – 4pm, ending in a special service on Sunday, June 17 at 6.30pm.
There are 16 roof angels, and one on the Rood screen. There are two further angels on another screen, which came from the ruined church of Burlingham St. Peter.



Norfolk Open Churches

Norfolk is full of the most beautiful, mainly medieval churches, every one with a treasure to discover and a fascinating story to tell. Wherever you are in the county there is a church tower, from tiny Saxon parish churches to the great cathedrals of Norwich, the new Minsters at Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn and the Shrines of Walsingham.

The county has more historic churches (629) per person and per hectare than anywhere in the UK and Europe. Each has a story to tell and increasing numbers of local volunteers are ensuring that churches are open and welcoming visitors throughout the year. The Diocese of Norwich’s Open Churches 2012 guidebook, the free A-Z guide to 440 open historic churches is available from Tourist Information Centres and libraries.

Open Churches Week, Saturday, August 4 to Sunday, August 12 features special events and activities in churches across Norfolk. The week starts with the annual Ecclesiastical Classic Car Rally on 4 August, and annual service at St Benet’s Abbey on August 5 2012.

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