FORMAT23 Comes to Derby Cathedral

Written on 20/03/2023

Derby Cathedral is proud to be a co-commissioning partner with FORMAT 23.  From 17th March to 21st May, the Cathedral presents Gathering Light, an installation created by artist Louise Beer. 

Gathering Light was created by taking photographs of the sky, over 40 consecutive days to reflect the 40 days of Lent.  A transitionary video installation of Louise’s work can be seen in the intimate and peaceful surroundings of St Katherine’s Chapel, a hidden treasure of Derby Cathedral. 

Louise writes: 

Gathering Light is an installation that reflects my experience of grief. I created this work after losing my wonderful father in 2021. One thing that has helped me traverse the path of grief has been watching the ever changing skies from my home in Margate and the Moon above at night time.   

Seeing the sky out of my window has helped me to connect my reality to that of Earth, and our cosmic history. It helped me to think of other days, other nights. Other skies we have all looked up at, other possibilities. Other moments and other shared memories.” 

FORMAT is the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media which incorporates over 30 of Derby’s most beautiful buildings and key landmarks. 

The exhibition is free to enter.  Donations welcome to support the care and work of Derby Cathedral. 

For more information on the exhibition click here

Share article to:

You may also like

Visit us

Derby Cathedral,

18-19 Iron Gate,



Call: 01332 341201


We're open

Sunday 08:30 – 18:15
Monday 08:30 – 18:30
Tuesday 08:30 – 18:30
Wednesday 08:30 – 18:00
Thursday 08:30 – 18:30
Friday 08:30 – 17:00
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00

Registered Charity Number: 1207768.

Please check the Visit page for up to date information.

Our socials