Abbey Walk Gallery
Experimental Art Space

Part of the Lightlines Project with Gill Hobson.


Annabel McCourt explores the transient nature of refuge by examining everyday objects, which, when bestowed, relocated and imbibed create a sense of ‘home’.

By ‘meeting’ the objects at the charity shop, McCourt imagines the process is an act of psychometry, releasing stories, creating dialogues and preparing the way for a new life. By transcending the ordinary, Refuge echoes the experiences and displacement of women associated with the Women's Refuge.

Vestiges of Spirituality - Arts Council Tour

Collaboration between Annabel McCourt, David Power, David Lancaster and Linda Ingham.


McCourt's work for Vestiges was a direct response to the fact and folklore of the ‘lost villages of the sea’. Towns and villages have been (and will continue to be) lost to coastal erosion. Her interventions in Grimsby Minster were two-fold:

Strategically placed ‘water’ starts to penetrate the highest point of the building and pours in directly over the Sacred Ministers’ Chairs, (the main one being reserved for the Bishop).

The second is a back-projection through the Hagioscope, or ‘squint’ to be viewed from the Lady Chapel. The Hagioscope is a relic of the former mediaeval chapel, allegedly affording a view of the High Altar for those forbidden entry to the Chancel. The angle of the viewpoint indicates the Minster changing over time. The altar is no longer directly in the line of sight. It has shifted. Therefore alluding to the intended alignment by including an echo of an altar in her projection.

“Over the centuries the church building has been redesigned, damaged and repaired, rebuilt, reordered and extended to meet the contemporary needs of the community it serves.” Minster Guide.

By ‘flooding’ the most sacred areas of the Minster McCourt questioned the role and fragility of the church in modern-day society. Maybe the sea came to reclaim the Minster’s oldest artefact – the Font podium consisting of fossilised sea urchins dating back some 250 million years!

Further details can be found on the links to the left.

The exhibition at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre was part of Museums at Night


Supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017

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