Cley Church Life & Events
Cley Contemporary Art Festival 1 July – 1 August
This year the remarkable North Norfolk Exhibition Projects celebrates 21 years with the 20th exhibition, intended for 2020 and realised this summer.
Spread across 2 venues –
Saint Margaret’s Church, Holt Road, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR25 7TT
Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Cley Marshes Visitor Centre, Coast Rd, Cley next the Sea NR25 7SA
The 20th exhibition, curated by Amanda Geitner, features work by 60 artists and includes painting, sculpture, textiles, photography and ceramics – a marvellous range of work addressing themes as diverse as the migration of birds, the movement of the stars and the pure pleasure that can be found in colour and form. Amanda Geitner says ‘ nowhere embraces work that signals our psychological spaces, exhibited here temporarily, but ultimately belonging everywhere and nowhere – work that brings our attention firmly back to the now here’
There is a strong community feeling for Cley Church. The building is normally open every day and, as one of Simon Jenkins’ 1000 best churches in the country, attracts a lot of visitors.
There is a great creative spirit in the church. From decorating the porches for Advent and Easter, to Flower festivals, concerts, exhibitions. The beautiful space invites creativity and worship.
Once a month, the back of the nave comes alive for Café Church when it is full of people enjoying doing church differently – coffee and croissants and Sunday papers to help our inspiration. Equally popular and special are the Advent Carol Service led by Gresham’s choir and the Crib Service on Christmas Eve.
There is an attractive card stall at the back selling cards by local artists. Weekly flower arranging is undertaken by a voluntary rota.
Since 2012, St Margaret’s has hosted an annual exhibition of contemporary art by the North Norfolk Exhibition Project (click here to learn more). This has been very successful in attracting a large number of visitors, and in recent years the church has hosted an annual Benefice service celebrating the artwork in the church.
An annual fundraising highlight is St Margaret’s Fair in July, held on the church field as part of our Patronal Festival weekend. A great community event.