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1 Feb 2016 - 21 Jul 2016

Tereza Bušková: Clipping the Church

Clipping the Church is a new public project by artist Tereza Bušková, conceived in Erdington, a district of Birmingham. Bušková 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.

Dating from the 16th Century, the tradition of ‘Clipping the Church’ will be revived and reinterpreted by Birmingham-based artist Tereza Buskova in new performance and video work exploring motherhood, the meaning of rituals, family ties and relationships with the local community.

Derived from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘clyp-pan’ meaning ‘embrace’ or ‘clasp’, the ceremony is often associated with Mothering Sunday. Clipping the Church took place once a year when young apprentices and women in service were allowed to visit their families and their ‘mother’ church. Church-goers would join hands and move around the outside of the church in an unbroken ring, often singing a traditional hymn. Although there is evidence that the ceremonies took place in Birmingham, it is unknown where.

Birmingham residents are invited to make salt dough decorations that will be paraded as part of the ceremony in workshops at Kingstanding Food Community, Loaf Bakery & Cookery School and St Barnabas’ Church Centre in the run up to the event. Further decorations will be made in workshops for patients in John Taylor Hospice and members of the Birmingham Czech and Slovak Club.

The Clipping the Church ceremony will take place on Saturday 11 June 2016 at St Barnabas' Church, Erdington. Members of the local community and elaborately costumed performers will join hands and move around the church. Baked goods made in the community workshops will be paraded and displayed on the outside. Following the filmed public event, there will be an exhibition of the newly commissioned video work.

Artist Tereza Buskova said:

“This project will unite Birmingham’s diverse communities including some its fresher arrivals from Central & Eastern Europe, like me. It will help us to see how people from all different backgrounds can enjoy and revive British traditions. Most importantly it will celebrate Birmingham’s mothers through baking, which in the era of the ‘Great British Bake Off’ we all know is a popular Great British custom.  Like some of the showstopper bakes, the final product of this project will literally be a work of art that might challenge a few assumptions.”

Tereza Buskova is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who celebrates and reinterprets long established customs with performance, print and video. Reinventing old traditions and rituals with collaborators and local communities, her performances depict improvised portraits of rites of passage, which reflect change of season, sexuality, fertility and the powers of rural mythology.

For more information on the project and associated events please visit: https://clippingthechurch.wordpress.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClippingTheChurch  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Clipping_Church

Salt Dough Decoration Workshops

In June, artist Tereza Buskova will revive the ancient and almost forgotten English tradition of ‘Clipping the Church’ in Erdington. Baked goods will be paraded; costumed performers and locals will be invited to join hands, dance and move around the outside of a church in Erdington, in a modern take on a ceremony celebrating motherhood and families thought to have originated in the 16th Century.

Join Tereza in getting messy and making salt dough decorations which will be used for decorating St Barnabas' Church as part of the final ‘Clipping’. Try your hand at making beautiful traditional Eastern European plaited doughs, or express what motherhood means to you by using only flour, water and salt!


Workshops and events:

Saturday 19 March 2016, 11am-1.30pm.
Kingstanding Food Community, Kingstanding Well-Being Centre, Dulwich Road, Birmingham. B44 0EW. www.kingstandingfoodcommunity.co.uk

Saturday 30 April 2016, 11am-1pm.
Loaf Bakery and Cookery School, 1421 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham. B30 2JL.

Saturday 14 May 2016, 2.30-5pm
St Barnabas’ Church, High Street, Birmingham. B23 6SY
The workshop will be followed at 5pm by a free Artist’s talk and film screenings with food and drink. www.stbarnabaserdington.org.uk

Thursday 21 July 201, 6.30-8pm
Discussion at Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Ln, Birmingham. B9 4AR
Over the 20th century the representation of maternal in art has drastically changed from devotional and idealised to challenging traditional ideas of motherhood, exploring multifaceted categories of maternal subjectivity, including plurality of voices. A discussion at Eastside Projects will explore the representation of maternal in art, including different models of family and motherhood. The event will also investigate the position of a woman-mother-artist. The discussion will be followed by the screening of ‘Clipping the Church’.




From: 1 Feb 2016
To: 21 Jul 2016


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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