It was all go at our project Holy Trinity in Sunderland last weekend as they celebrated the Tall Ships being in port nearby and hosting the Georgian Festival in its grounds.

The weekend also saw the opening of  a unique art installation within the building.  Gogmagog: Voices of the Bells is a new sound installation created by artist Matt Stokes. The installation, sited in the nave of the Church, reinterprets a peal rung on its bells in 1898.

Whilst the bells are currently silenced due to the condition of the bell tower, a new version of the peal has been given life by local bell ringers, musicians, singers and choirs, drawing lyrics from the story of the church’s historical social roles.

Gogmagog is part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project, Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience, which explores how contemporary art might change visitors’ experience of a heritage site.

Led by a group of researchers from Newcastle and Leeds Universities, the project is interested in finding out whether creating and siting new art in heritage places can change the ways in which these important places are understood and enjoyed.

This is a fantastic start to what is looking to be an incredible journey in the repair, conservation and adaptation of this building, giving it a new lease of life with our client The Churches Conservation Trust