A Light Shines in the Darkness was a touring exhibition in which six artists’ films travelled to churches and cathedrals around the country, re-illuminating inspiring public spaces and prompting viewers to see the locations in which the works are sited in a different light.
Churches for a long time occupied a central place in most people’s lives. In recent years, however they have shifted to a more peripheral position with many people never having had a firsthand experience of entering a church building. Overlooked and often undervalued, many have fallen out of religious use. Their powerful architectural presence nevertheless remains and often in the central parts of a town. FVU partnered with the Churches Conservation Trust to shine a new light on these fascinating, historical spaces, and asking visitors to consider them afresh. Reminders of churches’ longstanding role as sites of congregation and contemplation, the artists’ works speculate also as to whether their importance as points of collective assembly has been rivaled by other arenas – an art museum, a floodlit sports field, a natural amphitheatre.