Entitled “Casting the Net Wide” a community art installation created by Wendy Williams is coming to Chester in May. The project is designed to celebrate the culmination of an in-depth 12-month process to determine a future-facing vision for the Chester Diocese.
Working alongside the consultation process, the Wirral-based artist Wendy Williams has been collaborating with local community groups in churches, museums and community galleries to create hundreds of hand-made three-dimensional fish. Each sculpture is crafted from recycled materials and will be on display in Chester Cathedral’s Chapter House.
Discussing the project and her work, Williams commented:
“I pick things up all the time and see if they can be re-used in some way. I hate that things are thrown out and wasted and I really dislike the overuse of packaging. So, I use paper a lot. I like to prolong its life and give it an extra journey.”
Her work has received acclaim from critics and lead her to exhibit in New York, Norway, and Stockholm, with future group and solo exhibitions also in the pipeline.
The Casting the Net Wide art installation is based on the story from the Bible’s Gospel of St Luke describing the miraculous catch of fish.
On Saturday, May 20 at 11am, churches will assemble to review feedback received on the Vision consultation process. A presentation led by Bishop Mark Tanner will take place in Chester Cathedral with worship, linking multiple live venues based across the Diocese of Chester.