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See Durham Cathedral in a New Light with this Immersive Experience

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September 2022
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Durham Cathedral is set to be transformed with dazzling sound and light this October, as Life by artists Luxmuralis comes to the North East for the first time

This autumn, visitors can experience Durham Cathedral in a whole new light as they take a  journey through earth, sea and sky with stunning projections on the cathedral’s centuries-old architecture. From 6.45pm every evening from 12th–16th October, an immersive experience will illuminate the cathedral, flooding it with light and sound.

By day the cathedral will appear as normal, but each evening installations will be projected across all areas inside the building, bringing the natural world to life and giving people an opportunity to pause and reflect on their responsibility to protect it.

‘We’re delighted to welcome this touring artwork into Durham and the North East for the first time,’ says Andrew Usher, Chief Officer of Visitor Experience and Enterprise at Durham Cathedral. ‘From the many years of being a host venue of Lumiere and from the success of last year’s Museum of the Moon installation, we know our visitors love being able to enter the cathedral after dark and Life by Luxmuralis is like nothing we’ve ever done before.

‘From the high vaulted ceiling and colossal pillars of the nave to the intricate carvings in the Galilee Chapel, this new installation will give people a different perspective on the spaces in the cathedral they know so well.’

Life is an uplifting and thought-provoking installation that will take visitors on a unique journey through light and sound'

This awe-inspiring sound and light projection was created by the artistic collaboration Luxmuralis. Core to their work is the opportunity to explore the development of fine art tradition through new media, and placing the medium in a historical context. Their works have been touring cathedrals in England for several years, with this being the first time their artwork has come to the North East.

Peter Walker, one of the artists behind Luxmuralis, tells us: ‘We are delighted to bring our work to Durham and present it within the world-renowned interior of the stunning cathedral. We aim to bring architecture to life, and allow visitors to the installation a chance to see this place of wonder for over 1,000 years as never seen before.

‘Life is an uplifting and thought-provoking installation that will take visitors on a unique journey through light and sound, and we look forward to seeing families and people of all ages enjoying the artwork in this magnificent place.’

The Life by Luxmuralis experience event will be taking place from 6.45pm–9pm from 12th–16th October. Entry to the cathedral is by a timed ticket only. Adults £8, children (under 18) £5, infants (under 3) free.

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