• Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

The cathedral celebrates its 900th anniversary with a stargazing art installation

ByLinda W. Smith

Jul 20, 2022

A MAJOR summer art installation celebrating the 900th anniversary of Carlisle Cathedral is launching 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.

Reverend Canon Dr Benjamin Carter, Canon Director at Carlisle Cathedral, said: ‘Rest under the stars gives people an opportunity to rest amidst the bustle of daily life, which the cathedral has given to Carlisle and its diocese throughout its history.
“Prism Arts has perfectly captured the cathedral’s unique atmosphere and sense of history through this incredible 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.”

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.

Established in 1987, the charity provides projects and programs for people with disabilities who may typically face barriers to accessing artistic pursuits and creative development opportunities.

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. 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: ‘Carlisle Cathedral has special significance for the city and the wider region, and for it to reflect its role as a place where people found refuge and rest over the centuries thanks to this project. is a real honor.
“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 can’t wait to see the reaction of the public when it opens.”

Rest under the stars is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday from July 28 to September 2. Tickets can be booked in advance through the Cathedral website or are available on the day at the Cathedral.

Carlisle Cathedral’s 900th anniversary program of worship, events, lectures, concerts and exhibitions is themed Journey and Rest to reflect the cathedral’s role as a resting place in history eventful Carlisle and border region.

Carlisle Cathedral was founded by King Henry I as an Augustinian priory in 1122 and became the cathedral church of the new Diocese of Carlisle in 1133.

The golden stars painted on the blue ceiling of the cathedral date from the 19th century and have become a world famous feature.

Rest Under the Stars is sponsored by Dodd & Co Chartered Accountants. The lead sponsor of the Carlisle Cathedral 900th Anniversary program is Carlisle-based estate agent Hayward Tod.

Many of the program’s events are supported by grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Friends of Carlisle Cathedral. They take place in and around the cathedral, notably at the Salle Fratry which reopened in 2020 following a major restoration project of the old medieval refectory including a new café extension.

To pre-book tickets for Rest Under the Stars, visit https://carlislecathedral.org.uk/tickets/

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