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From Darkness to Light Illuminations

Monday 3rd December 2018 to Sunday 3rd February 2019

This Advent and Christmas Salisbury Cathedral and Close will be transformed inside and outside, with illuminated art installations on the West Walk, in the North Porch, on the Cloister Garth and in the Cathedral itself.

The best time to view all installations is between 16:00 and 17:00  Mondays - Saturdays when the Cathedral is open or at our special late night openings on 6 and 13 December.

Visitors approaching the Cathedral via the West walk will encounter Light Wave by Squidsoup, the team behind Enlightenment, the stunning installation that hung in the North Porch during our Magna Carta celebrations in 2015. This immersive walk-through experience comprises 500 light and audio spheres, suspended in a 20-metre wave formation, which softly glow and play plainsong creating a dreamlike experience. Light Wave will be on from 16:00 to 22:30 daily. 

Approaching the Cathedral from the High Street Gate, a neon installation entitled I Will Turn Darkness Into Light, inspired by scripture and installed above the North Porch Gates, will welcome visitors with its simple promise of hope.  It will be on from 08:30 to 22:30 daily. 

On the Cloister Garth, Lumen by David Ogle RBS, will sit among the grand Cedars that were planted to commemorate Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne. This installation of 5 tree-like structures will form a luminous canopy of interlocking neon branches up to 3 metres high which will bathe the stone arches with a vibrant glow. View the Light from 08:30 to 18:30 and until 20:00 on our late night openings. 

Suspended inside the Cathedral you will find The Light, a 4-metre illuminated globe created by Richard McLester and his Poole-based studio team, flowing from one colour to another for Advent, and then for Christmas, a shooting star will whirl and spin until finally focusing on the ‘Star of Bethlehem’. The Light will be in the Cathedral until 22 January 2019. View the Light from 08:30 to 17:00 and until 20:00 on our late night openings. 

The entire Close will be joyfully lit for the festive season, further enhancing our popular Twilight Tower Tours which take visitors up onto the Tower balconies to view the city lights, from 16 November to 22 December -click here for details.

Over a 1,000 visitors attend our first late night opening on the 6th December.    We are are open again from 18:30 until 20.00 on the 13 December.    The shop and the Refectory will be open selling mulled wine and mince pies.   We will also have our famous 30ft Christmas tree up in the West End and free West Window viewings, sign up as you arrive.

This exhibition is curated by Salisbury Cathedral's Visual Arts Advisor Jacquiline Creswell who has been instrumental in bringing these extraordinary installations to the Cathedral and Close.