New and Exciting 3 Year Artistic Collaboration at Sheffield Cathedral

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Sheffield Cathedral is excited to announce a new three year schedule of events seeing the Cathedral transformed in a way it has never been seen before. This will incorporate 3 major projects each year, during advent, spring and summer. 


The Angels are Coming!

Beginning this December with a spectacular sound and light show ‘The Angels are Coming!’ visitors to Sheffield will witness the transformation of the facade of Sheffield Cathedral starting Christmas celebrations off for all the family. The interior of the Cathedral will also be home to a magnificent display where visitors will be immersed in a stunning visual experience set to bespoke music created by Artistic Collaboration known as ‘Luxmuralis’.  

Then in 2020 Sheffield Cathedral will see a series of events and exhibitions created that aim to capture the imaginations of all ages and attract new audiences to the Cathedral over the next three years. This will include the inaugural “Great Observatory” light and sound installation in March 2020 which will take visitors to the edge of the universe and back, and a new exhibition celebrating the heritage of Sheffield in the summer of 2020.



The two light and sound artworks will be created by Artist Peter Walker and Composer David Harper who form an award winning Artistic collaboration called ‘Luxmuralis’ (which means ‘Light Murals’). Through Son-et- Lumiere, sculpture and sound art pieces they transform and reinterpret the sense of place and space in various locations creatively helping members of the public to take a physical and emotional journey to identify with the subject and message of the artwork. 

Previous work by Luxmuralis has seen spectacular events in Germany, Italy and throughout the UK in various locations including The Bodleian Library, Oxfordshire, Compton Verney Warwickshire, and Cathedrals such as Lichfield, St Albans, Christ Church and Guildford to name but a few. 

We are delighted to be bringing our work to Sheffield and the wonderful Cathedral which is at the heart of the city. Tens of thousands of people have immersed themselves in the light artworks, which can have a profound effect. Our advent Illuminations have become a tradition for many in other places and we are looking forward to starting the project with a beautiful display this December.
— Peter Walker, Luxmuralis


A Place for All People

Visitors to the City will have the chance to encounter the new and exciting light and sound experiences, contemporary exhibitions and events that will inspire and capture the imaginations of visitors to Sheffield Cathedral, ‘A place for all people’. 

Cathedrals have been an attraction for people over many hundreds of years. These amazing buildings hold something special within them in the beauty of the architecture, the hugely interesting history and heritage story they tell of both local and national events and are  places of prayer and spirituality. It is our hope that events such as this will attract many people, both old andnew visitors, to experience the wonder of this place as never before. ‘The Angels are coming’ event will tell the amazing story of Christmas in a most unforgettable way.
— The Reverend Canon Keith Farrow
The Angels are Coming project is so exciting. Events like this differentiate Sheffield from other destinations and create a new reason to visit the city. Sheffield Cathedral is consistently recognised by visitors as one ofthe most beautiful and interesting buildings in the city and we recognise its role in our portfolio of attractions and the stories it tells of Sheffield’s heritage. The Angels are Coming will – quite literally – allow visitors to see Sheffield Cathedral in a new light!
— Wendy Ulyett, Visitor Economy Manager for Marketing Sheffield

Previous events have seen feedback given such as…

Absolutely fantastic, so thought provoking simply beautiful!
That was the best experience of my life”
So inspirational. Highly recommended.
It was lovely to see the Cathedral in a very very different way to how you would normally see it.

The Cathedral Illuminated : ’The Angels Are Coming’ begins 4 - 8 December 2019. Tickets are available now online and in the Cathedral Gift Shop.

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