STRETCH at Exeter Cathedral

We need your help to bring STRETCH, an extraordinary interactive artwork for all ages and abilities, to Exeter Cathedral

We did it!

On 13th May 2017 we successfully raised £3,040 of £2,500 target with 93 supporters in 21 days

New stretch target

We have been astonished by everyone's generosity so far and and we are so grateful. As we have planned and developed the whole event, aims and emphases have shifted a little and budgets too. This is why we are stretching our target total by £500. 
If you are able to contribute to help us raise this final £500 it would be much appreciated and really help us with some important details.


We hope you can support us. Thank you.

S T R E T C H is a sound sculpture, a screen made up of around 10 miles of fine shirring elastic (used in the top of your socks!). And for a week in May, this interactive installation will be stretched right across the nave of Exeter Cathedral. The sculpture invites participation, so you can touch it, twang it, lean against it, get tangled up in it, and your interaction creates astonishing sounds. It is an inclusive work, accessible to all ages, as intriguing and enthralling to a child as to an elderly person or a wheelchair user, who can move right into the elastic for a rich sensory experience. And it is also a fascinating spectacle to simply sit back and watch. We are so excited to be bringing this astonishing installation right into the very heart of Exeter in an inspirational venue.

Its potential audience is limitless. And this is where you come in.

We need to make S T R E T C H accessible to as many people as possible, for free, during Art Week Exeter. Your donations will help to fund workshops and guided visits for schools and community groups of all ages, abilities and interests and will ensure that we can reach as many people as possible. It will also allow us to continue to refine the work, installing a new sound system which will reverberate and sing in the awesome space of Exeter Cathedral. We really can't do it without you, and every pound really will make a difference.

We have a range of perks to say a big thank you to our funders, from a shout out on social media, to VIP tickets to a magical improvised performance featuring performer Jane Mason, and violinist Emma Welton.

The installation will also be open to the public so come and explore.

S T R E T C H is a free event, opening times:

Monday 15 May 6.30-8pm

Tuesday 16 May 1-5pm & 6.30-8pm

Wednesday 17 May 1-5pm

Thursday 18 May 1-5pm 

Friday 19 May 1-5pm

The artists, Sophia Clist and Nick Burge, and AWE volunteers will be on hand to encourage and support interaction.

“Amazing  how  something  so  simple,  just  a  wall  of  elastic,  can  be  used  to  create  so many  different  meanings  and  interpretations  for  ideas  and  narratives  for  pieces.  An inspiring  experience.”

S T R E T C H workshop participant

More information about S T R E T C H

S T R E T C H has  shown  nationally  and  internationally  at  festivals,  theatres  and  in  public spaces, from West Bromwich Town Hall to Sadler's Wells, London, from Chicago, USA to Perth, Australia. To place S T R E T C H across the 9.5 metre nave of Exeter Cathedral is a very exciting opportunity and unlike any other venue it has visited.

The  sculpture’s capacity to make sound is harnessed by connecting the strands of elastic to a sound box  to which  a number  of  pick-up  microphones and pressure sensors are attached. Raw  and  recorded  sounds, created  and  activated  as a result of a visitor/performer touching the sculpture, are captured, processed and amplified. In the sound design for the vast acoustic space of the cathedral Nick Burge has the unique  &  exciting  opportunity to exploit a complex  reverberation of long duration allowing the building to speak, whisper and sing in response to S T R E T C H.

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