Clipping the Church is a new public project by artist Tereza Buskova, conceived in Erdington, a district of Birmingham. Buskova celebrates and reinterprets long established customs with performance, print and video. Her work is a personalised exploration of feelings and fantasies connected to festive celebrations. After researching how people practice their traditions and rituals she reinterprets them involving local communities.
The core of the project is an old English, almost forgotten tradition of Clipping the Church. It is a dance-like ceremony in which parishioners join hands and move around the outside of a church in an unbroken ring, often singing a traditional hymn. Buskova will treat this historic custom and baking traditions as a point of departure for her new performance and a video work exploring motherhood, family ties and relationships.
The project will take place over winter and spring 2016 in one of the main churches in Erdington. A series of dough decorations making workshops will be organised in the run up to the final event of Clipping the Church. The project will reach its peak in spring 2016 with a public event followed by an exhibition of newly commissioned video work. Updates will be provided throughout the process on this blog.
Clipping the Church is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Czech Centre and Shaw and Co Solicitors in collaboration with Czech and Slovak Club, Erdington BID, John Taylor Hospice, Kingstanding Food Community and Loaf.
Project curated by Roma Piotrowska.