• Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

Stars in Their Eyes – A Major Art Installation Celebrating the Cathedral Coming Soon

ByLinda W. Smith

Jul 20, 2022

Visitors can gaze at the stars on the ceiling of Carlisle Cathedral as part of the Rest Under the Stars art installation this summer. 1 credit

A MAJOR summer art installation celebrating the 900th anniversary of Carlisle The cathedral is launched this month.

Rest Under the Stars will see visitors relax on deckchairs in part of the cathedral while admiring the stars on its world famous painted ceiling.

Headphones with specially created soundscapes will add to the restful atmosphere of the event, which is one of the highlights of a year-long celebration in 2022 to mark 900 years since the founding of Carlisle Cathedral. .

The cathedral has partnered with Carlisle-based charity Prism Arts to create the installation, which will open to visitors on Thursday July 28 and run until Friday September 2.

The event is free to visitors, with tickets for the 45-minute slots available to pre-book in advance or as daytime appointments.

News and Star: Prism Arts artists visit cathedral as part of preparatory work for Rest Under the Stars installation

News and Star: Prism Arts artists visit cathedral as part of preparatory work for Rest Under the Stars installation

Prism Arts artists visiting the cathedral as part of preparatory work for the Rest Under the Stars installation

Reverend Canon Dr Benjamin Carter, who is Canon’s Warden at Carlisle Cathedral, said: ‘Rest under the stars gives people an opportunity to rest amidst the bustle of everyday life, which the cathedral has offered to Carlisle and its diocese throughout its history.

“Prism Arts has perfectly captured the cathedral’s unique atmosphere and sense of history through this stunning project.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Cathedral to experience Rest Under Under the Stars and join us in celebrating our special anniversary year.”

News and Feature: Katie Lock, Head of Visual Arts, Prism Arts

News and Feature: Katie Lock, Head of Visual Arts, Prism Arts

Katie Lock, Head of Visual Arts, Prism Arts

Prism Arts has been working on the Rest Under the Stars project for several months, with artists spending time in the cathedral each week to inspire the installation.

The artists created a mixed-media work including textile art that was used to upholster the deckchairs and ottomans on which visitors will sit to gaze at the stars.

News and Feature: The Reverend Canon Dr Benjamin Carter, Canon Director at Carlisle Cathedral

News and Feature: The Reverend Canon Dr Benjamin Carter, Canon Director at Carlisle Cathedral

The Reverend Canon Dr Benjamin Carter, who is Director of Canon at Carlisle Cathedral

They also worked with sound artist Tim Shaw on the soundscapes that are part of the immersive experience.

Katie Lock, Head of Visual Arts at Prism Arts, said: “We are really delighted to help transform part of the cathedral into a unique place of rest and relaxation for visitors this summer and we look forward to seeing the audience reaction to when it opens.

News and Star: Carlisle Cathedral which celebrates its 900th anniversary this year

News and Star: Carlisle Cathedral which celebrates its 900th anniversary this year

Carlisle Cathedral, which celebrates its 900th anniversary this year

Rest Under the Stars is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday from July 28 to September 2.

Tickets can be booked in advance through the Cathedral’s website or are available on the day at the Cathedral.


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