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:
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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peace-doves-at-derby-cathedral-tickets-239993104837 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 https://derbycathedral.org/peacedoves/.
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