Stars in their eyes - Major art installation celebrating cathedral coming soon

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Visitors can gaze at the stars on Carlisle Cathedral’s ceiling as part of the Rest Under the Stars art installation this summer. Credit: Johnny Becker
Visitors can gaze at the stars on Carlisle Cathedral’s ceiling as part of the Rest Under the Stars art installation this summer. Credit: Johnny Becker

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

Rest Under the Stars will see visitors relaxing 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 during 2022 to mark 900 years since the foundation of Carlisle Cathedral.

The Cathedral has partnered with Carlisle-based charity Prism Arts to create the installation, which opens to visitors on Thursday, July 28, and runs 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 walk-ins on the day.

News and Star: Artists from Prism Arts visiting the Cathedral as part of preparatory work for the Rest Under the Stars installation
News and Star: Artists from Prism Arts visiting the Cathedral as part of preparatory work for the Rest Under the Stars installation

Artists from Prism Arts visiting the Cathedral as part of preparatory work for the Rest Under the Stars installation

The Revd Canon Dr Benjamin Carter, who is canon warden at Carlisle Cathedral, said: “Rest Under the Stars offers people an opportunity to find rest among the busyness of daily life, which is something the Cathedral has offered to Carlisle and its diocese throughout its history.

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

“We’re looking 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 Star: Katie Lock, visual arts lead, Prism Arts
News and Star: Katie Lock, visual arts lead, Prism Arts

Katie Lock, visual arts lead, Prism Arts

Prism Arts has been working on the Rest Under the Stars project for several months, with artists spending time in the Cathedral every week to provide inspiration for the installation.

The artists have created a mixed media work including textile art which has been used to upholster the deckchairs and beanbags on which visitors will sit to gaze at the stars.

News and Star: The Revd Canon Dr Benjamin Carter, who is Canon Warden at Carlisle Cathedral
News and Star: The Revd Canon Dr Benjamin Carter, who is Canon Warden at Carlisle Cathedral

The Revd Canon Dr Benjamin Carter, who is Canon Warden at Carlisle Cathedral

They have also worked with sound artist Tim Shaw on the soundscapes which form part of the immersive experience.

Katie Lock, visual arts lead at Prism Arts, said: “We’re really excited to be helping 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 public’s reaction to it when it opens.”

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

Carlisle Cathedral which is celebrating its 900th anniversary this year

Rest Under the Stars is open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday from July 28 to September 2.

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