A creative refuge in the heart of the city – All Saints Church
no images were foundA hidden gem in the heart of the city. In the midst of urban development, and the heart of Leicester City Centre, sits a grade 1 listed medieval church which is soon to become a hive of cultural activity. Thanks to a new partnership between Leicester based contemporary arts development agency, ArtReach, and the Churches Conservation Trust, All Saints Church, which is located on Highcross Street, just behind Highcross shopping centre, is now to become centre stage for a wealth of arts projects and activities.
Maddie Smart, Executive Producer for ArtReach explained the current plans. “Working in collaboration with the Y-Theatre, and thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, the first project in the church, Sanctuaries, will work with a group of young people to explore local historical sites of sanctuary. Then, with professional artists, we will develop their findings into performances, installations and exhibitions all led and created by the young participants. We also have Heritage Lottery funding to further explore the history of the church and to create a sound installation reflecting that history as part of Journeys Festival International this August. Subsequently, plans include a community play as part of a new Night of Festivals event in Leicester in March 2020”.
Sanctuaries: Looking for Safe Spaces is funded by Y Heritage through the national Kick The Dust programme.
For this project ArtReach is working alongside an amazing group of young people from Leicester Y and Attenborough Arts centre, matching them with some incredible creatives, towards producing a series of immersive installations in the church as part of Refugee Week 2019.
Throughout this project we have sought out heritage venues in Leicester with a link to the history of Sanctuary. We have learned about the concept of Sanctuary itself and shared ideas about what makes a place a sanctuary for us as individuals.
Then, in this final stage, we will build the young people’s Real and Imagined Safe Spaces in the Church and will share their vision with the public. The exhibition is open Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June, 12pm till 7pm. Please come and join us!
A first project based in the building, ArtReach will be able to explore how we might transform the space, remaining respectful of its history as a place of worship at the centre of the community. A great project to start with!
A space for collaborative projects and programming.