Bombed during World War II, St George’s Garrison Church survives as an evocative ruin with recently conserved mosaics, and a modern canopy roof, for all to enjoy.

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Art Installation at the Garrison

A new initiative at the Garrison, an interactive, mutli-sensory art installation presented by Donyi

The evening of Saturday January 21st was a piercingly cold winter night. The Church was lit with some well-positioned lighting in the Chancel. There was intriguing atonal music amplified by our loudspeakers and film projected on to the walls of the apse showing scenes from the Indian Mutiny which merged and dissolved. And then there was the extraordinary figure of Danyi, the Installation Artist, moving into and out of the lights and engaging with the audience.

He was an ethereal presence, dressed in hoops of white material around waist and chest and wearing an unsettling mask of some mythic bird. The whole performance had an unworldly and slightly hypnotic quality. People came and went during the course of the evening, and most of those present will not forget the event.

We are delighted that Donyi and his team want to return for further performances at the Church; hopefully on slightly warmer evening!

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St George's Garrison Church in Woolwich, with its modern canopy roof and stunning mosaics, is both an evocative ruin and a contemporary space. Designed by Thomas H Wyatt in an Italian-Romanesque style, the Church was built between 1862-63 to serve the Royal Artillery in Woolwich. Today it is run by a local group, the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust who are committed to making it available for all to visit and enjoy. Directly opposite the Barracks in Woolwich, South East London, come and enjoy its beauty and peaceful garden.

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