Historic chapel’s major art show

Big exhibition
Big exhibition

A first exhibition of contemporary art to be held in Todmorden’s historic Unitarian Church.

A group of eight local artists based in and around Todmorden will be holding an exhibition of site-specific work at the Grade I listed Todmorden Unitarian Church from May 5 to 18.

The Fielden Project aims to create and display work based in and about the Unitarian Church, which is in the custodianship of the Historic Chapels Trust.

For the first time in its history the church will serve as a makeshift contemporary art space, hosting works in a range of media - photography, film, sculpture, illustration and text, all of which have been made in response to this imposing and inspiring building and its physical and historical context.

The show and an accompanying programme of events will offer new and exciting ways of considering the ways we relate to our surroundings.

The project has come about through a meeting of individuals wanting to show work in response to the town and one of its most important Victorian buildings.

The exhibition will consider the recording of history, truth and myth, spiritual faith, hope, doubt, superstition, production, labour, industry and craft – themes that converge around the site of the deconsecrated Unitarian Church.

Sofka Smales, of Todmorden Unitarian Church, said: “It is fantastic to see this beautiful building opening its doors to a group of artists who can reflect back something about the stories and treasures held within it.”

And one of those exhibiting, artist and film maker Erik Knudsen, said: “These works will interact with each other to create an overall experience that belongs to this space, its history and the people in it.”