Exciting plans ahead
for St Mary Coslany Norwich
The deconsecrated church of St Mary Coslany is centrally located and ideally placed to convert for use as a centre for the arts. A few local individuals have got together and formed a Community Interest Company, known as Coslany Arts, to try and provide some affordable artists studios and a much needed exhibition area within this historic building in the Creative Quarter of Norwich City Centre.
Working with the trustees - Norwich Historic Churches Trust (NHCT) - Coslany Arts have already spent over 12 months trying to gain Planning approval for the alterations to this Grade 1 Listed Building to make the project viable. After numerous setbacks and necessary alterations, the plans are now with Norwich City Council.
We are delighted to announce that the Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society (NCCS) will be joining us at St Mary Coslany to assist us in realising our vision to create exhibiting space in the 'Creative Quarter' of our fine City.
The 2023 Heritage Open Days at St Mary Coslany
The annual National Trust Heritage Open Days took place again in September 2023 across the country. We and our partners, NCCS, took the opportunity to raise further awareness of our Coslany Arts project and promote fundraising initiatives.
Directors of Coslany Arts and some Committee members of NCCS came together to show visitors around the newly renovated church. The NHCT have done a wonderful job bringing the building back to life; with fresh coats of lime wash, structural repairs and monuments brought back to their original glory.
We are hoping to continue this by making the space available to the public through our plans for the future.
Over the two weekends we received very positive feedback from our more than 140 visitors who were encouraged by the prospect of the Church being put to good use again in the future.
Visitors to the Heritage Open Days at St Mary Coslany in September, the magnificent stained glass window and the Kurnbeck monument of 1579.