Norwegian artist's work in medieval church

 Date:17/09/2005 - 09/10/2005
 Type:Culture, Contemporary Art

Kjell Torriset is involved in the project Art in Romney Marsh where 15 contemporary artists display their work in six medieval churches.

The landscape and churches of Romney Marsh have always been an inspiration to artists and writers. Now In its third year, Art in Romney Marsh has selected 15 artists from an open submission  to make site specific works to be seen inside the churches themselves.

Working in all media from paint, sculpture, installation to video and sound, contemporary artists provide their own take on an area historically referred to as ‘the fifth continent’. At times challenging or humorous, but always inspiring and thought provoking, the selected artists are responding to the geography, architecture, and atmosphere of this unique environment. Looking both to the past and the future, they provide questions and engaging debate on our relationship to these highly individual churches in this striking setting.

Torriset's artwork is on show in St Thomas à Becket Church, Fairfield. He says; "To add to tradition I have adopted the shape of the 18th century oval textboard which has been used in many of the churches on Romney Marsh and which carry ideal messages of respect, tolerance and love. The oval is a novel shape; it could be an eye, an egg, a lung, a ship, a church – and the words within might spring from the store of sound and breath contained beneath the ribcage of rafters in this holy place. It is old stone to new building."

The project can be seen at the following churches; Brookland, Fairfield, Ivychurch, Lydd, Old Romney and St. Mary in the Marsh. In addition to Torriset, artists include Greig Burgoyne, Lothar Gotz, Seema Rao, Darshana Vora and Franciose Dupre.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 17 September with the artists present in the churches, then the launch at St. Augustine's Church, Brookland from 6-9pm.

Opening times are 1-6pm on the following dates:
September 17/18, 24/25
October 1/2, 8/9

For more details and further information, contact Art in Romney Marsh on phone 01424 443152 / 427896 or email

Directions and map may be obtained from the Art in Romney Marsh website, click here.

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Contemporary art in medieval churchesPhoto: Rob Weiss