Events Programme Inspired by Peace Doves

Written on 26/04/2022

Together with key partners, we have organised a programme of workshops, debates, performances and events – inspired by and to celebrate the Peace Doves large-scale art installation at Derby Cathedral.

Hundreds of people have already visited the Cathedral since Peace Doves was unveiled on Saturday April 23 – marvelling at the installation of over 9,000 paper doves suspended on ribbons above the nave.

The installation has been created by renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker and is accompanied by a tranquil soundscape from composer David Harper.

Peace Doves will be in situ until 12 June – during which time the public are invited to attend a wide range of events at Derby Cathedral:

  • Mindfulness sessions, 26 April, 24 May and 7 June (7pm to 8pm) Organised in partnership with Déda and Learn2Rest, teacher Pam Sidhu will take participants through techniques to help take charge of the mind and thought process. Tickets cost £10 and are available to book
  • Friday lunchtime concerts, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 27 May, 3 June and 10 June, 1pm to 1.45pm) Weekly recitals by various artists will be performed under the spectacular Peace Doves installation.  The concerts are free of charge with a retiring collection going towards funding music at Derby Cathedral.
  • Cathedrals At Night, 14 May Open until 10pm (last entry 9:30pm) See the beautifully lit Peace Doves after dark and discover what else is behind the doors of the iconic Derby Cathedral. Hear the bells ring, discover the Cathedral’s history and heritage, or just come in to enjoy the atmosphere and reflect.  Refreshments will be on offer as well as activities for children. All welcome.
  • Creative writing workshops, 14 May and 24 May, 10am to 11am) Capture your thoughts and ideas, inspired by Peace Doves through creative writing – a fun session suitable for all from novice to novelist.  Places are free (with a suggested donation of £5) and are available to book at Donations will go towards the care and work of Derby Cathedral.
  • In Conversation With the Artist, 17 May (6.45pm to 7.45pm) Dr Robert Burstow, Associate Professor of History and Theory of Art at the University of Derby, will talk to Peace Doves artist Peter Walker about his work, methodology, inspirations and background followed by a Q&A session with the audience.  This has been organised in partnership with the University of Derby and is free to all University of Derby students.  Otherwise, tickets are £7. To book visit
  • The Animal in Contemporary Art, 23 May (6.45pm to 7.45pm) Join a discussion with Professor of Contemporary Art Ang Bartram and postgraduate research student Deb Rogers at the University of Derby on how the companion animal and notions of the animal are significant to their individual artistic practices.  This has been organised in partnership with the University of Derby and is free to all University of Derby students.  Otherwise, tickets are £7. To book visit
  • Shared Reading, 25 May (2pm to 3pm) In partnership with Derby Book Festival, this informal shared reading event will look at how the words in selected texts impact us.  You can read, listen, ask questions or just observe. The event is free of charge. To register, email
  • Crisis and Hope in Current Times, 8 June, 5:00pm for 5.30pm start to 7pm Chaired by Dr Rhiannon Jones, University of Derby Associate Professor (Civic), this panel debate will explore issues in contemporary culture such as Covid, Black Lives Matter, conflict, youth voice and how we can learn, collaborate and emerge better from suffering and crisis.  Organised in partnership with the University of Derby, tickets are free of charge with a suggested donation of £5 towards the care and work of Derby Cathedral. To book a place visit

The Very Revd Dr Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby, explained: “The Peace Doves mass participation project has already involved the general public, as well as many members of local community and wellbeing groups who have joined workshops run by our community arts partner Artcore.

“Now, with the art installation in place and open to the public, we are looking forward to welcoming people to a series of events which will them to gain inspiration and think more deeply about the inspirations and motivations behind this work.”

Dr Rhiannon Jones, Associate Professor (Civic) at the University of Derby, said: “This is a fantastic demonstration of how Derby Cathedral and the University are working together to deliver on a shared civic vision.

“The University has a bold, brave, and future-focused commitment to work with partners to widen access and participation.

“Peace Doves creates a unique opportunity for Derby citizens, from all faiths, ages and backgrounds, to share thoughts and feelings at a time when unity and peace is vital.”

Peace Doves at Derby Cathedral is funded by Arts Council England, Westhill Endowment, Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID), Derby City Council and Foundation Derbyshire.

Peace Doves will be in place until 12 June 2022 and, throughout the exhibition, entry to the Cathedral will be free of charge, although a suggested donation of £3 per person is requested which will go towards the care and work of Derby Cathedral, helping to keep its doors open for all.

Booking is encouraged through Derby Cathedral’s Eventbrite page as entry will be restricted during services, private events and concerts.

For more information about Peace Doves at Derby Cathedral and the events programme please visit

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