Originally commissioned by The Collection, Lincoln, Woolly Spires was a county-wide project managed by artsNK that took its inspiration from the fact that many of Lincolnshire’s churches were funded by wealthy landowners who made their fortune, literally, on the backs of the county’s iconic breed of sheep, the Lincoln Long Wool.
Over 8 years artsNK brought together community groups to create knitted versions of churches using the wool of the Lincoln Long Wool sheep. 3D woolly versions of St Denys’ Church, Sleaford, St Mary & St Nicolas, Spalding; St Botolphs’ Church, Boston (the Boston Stump); St James, Louth; St.Wulfrums in Grantham, and Stow Minster, in the village of Stow (five miles south of Gainsborough) were completed as part of the project.
An exhibition of all six completed Woolly Spires was shown at Lincoln Cathedral in August 2017. The Woolly Spires will be on show together at 20:21 centre, Scunthorpe between 30 September 2017 – 13 January 2018.
To keep up the date with the project and find out where you can see the Woolly Spires on display next visit the project Facebook page.