Date:09/04/2005 - 30/04/2005
 Type:Culture, Visual Arts
 Location:England, Leeds

InSpiritus is an artist led exchange project between Leeds and Oslo in which eight artists will exhibit new art work specially created for St. Anne’s Cathedral Church in Leeds and Oslo Cathedral

New work has been made in direct response to each site and addresses issues and explores concepts that can be seen to be linked to the religious or sacred purpose of the buildings in which the work is shown.

The intention of this project is to open and develop a dialogue between contemporary art and the Church. The work exhibited in both venues explores the spiritual element of humanity and the issues surrounding the enigma of our inner lives.

The purpose of the exchange element of this project is the development of an international visual dialogue between artists and the church, and to create new international audiences. It is hoped that this project will help to breakdown preconceptions and to open the way for artists to enter into a serious dialogue based around the notion of Church as site.

Human beings first expressed themselves visually as a form of religion and since then until the mid 19th century art continued to be main vehicle of spiritual expression. More recently western art practice has moved away from religion to become autonomous and self-referencing. The purpose of the InSpiritus project is to develop the creative capacity of the artists involved through an exploration of the existential questions at the heart of all religions.

About the artists

Paula Chambers’s work is figurative in the sense that it uses the human (usually female) body as it’s major point of reference, and narrative in the sense that the work has meaning and is made in response to the particulars of any given site. Most of Paula’s work uses religious imagery to express social, historical or political issues.

Sally Chapman is primarily a painter although she often sets paintings within an installation context and has used them in conjunction with performance work. Sally’s paintings are personal and poetic explorations of the landscape of the human soul; a reportage with the inner life.

Adinda van’t Klooster is an installation artist who works with a wide range of media such as video and sound installation, interactive technology and sculpture. A recurring theme in her work is a questioning of the dualistic way of thinking that separates culture from nature, masculinity from femininity and life from death.

Helen Eriksen is a sculptor and Installation artist working within the boundaries of catholic iconography. This work is primarily site-specific and formally concerned with the criticism of sculpture as a dying tradition but conceptually bound by existential issues.

Anita Helene Hanssen is a conceptual artist whose work reflects the repetitiveness of everyday life; Anita can also be seen as raising pertinent questions of the artist as a bearer of social ethical values.

Germain Ngoma is a sculptor and installation artist who uses everyday materials in site specific installations and sculptures. Germaine’s visual references derive from formal modernism but are fused with the African ability to create sculpture from raw materials often discarded within western society. Germaine’s work raises issues of “the other, as well as the sense of spiritual as much as physical displacement as experienced in the latest audio sculptures.

Rosalind Murray’s current on-going project involves collecting the prayers of people within the parish of the gallery in which she will be exhibiting. These prayers are transformed into a wall installation consisting of hand drawn labels and small poetic water colours.

Grete Refsum is an academic and theologian as well as a visual artist. For InSpiritus Grete reinterprets prayer and policy through the three dimensional use of glass, stone and wire. These art  works are intended to invoke meditation and contemplation.


St. Anne’s Cathedral Church, Leeds (9 - 30 April)
Oslo Cathedral (7 - 30 October)

For Further Information Contact;
Paula Chambers (UK administrator)
01422 846671/07990 688348

InSpiritus is funded by: Arts Council Yorkshire, British Council, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo, and Norwegian Council for Cultural Affairs.

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Germain Ngoma - ‘Thirst’, wax and water

Helen Eriksen - ‘Peace’, installation in foam packaging

Paula Chambers - ‘Gethsemane’, acetate and artificial flowers