Sarum Lights returns to Salisbury Cathedral with a new show for 2023
A captivating light and sound experience, exploring centuries of art and societal changes.
The popular light and sound spectacular from Luxmuralis returns this year with an amazing series of installations exploring art across the centuries, from the drama of Baroque to the flamboyancy of the Pre-Raphaelites and colours of the Impressionists.
Alongside glorious projections of art and photography accompanied by sound and music, Sarum Lights: Illuminating Art explores the changes in society that produced these artistic responses.
Spectacular Displays inside and out
Sarum Lights Illuminating Art begins outside with breath-taking visuals from the Baroque period. Displays in the Cloisters, Trinity Chapel and North Nave Aisle reflect four centuries of ‘new’ ideas from the concept of moral philosophy, natural science and the first English Dictionary, to the American War of Independence, abolition of slavery and women’s emancipation. Brunel and the age of steam rub shoulders with Zoetrope (an early animation device) and early photography.
In the North Transept a special interactive display, Starry, Starry Night, part of an installation devoted to impressionism and post impressionism, invites visitors to share their thoughts on star shaped cards, a reference to Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, painted a year before his death when he was Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy.
The show finale in the Nave will showcase the Pre-Raphaelites (Burne-Jones, Millais, Rossetti and Holman Hunt) and the Impressionists (Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Manet and Renoir) – all titans of their generation seen in a new light.
Entry slots are available to book every 15 minutes from 17:30-20:00. Once inside, you can explore at your own pace.
Please note there will be loud music and bright lights. The first hour of the event will have reduced noise levels on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th for those sensitive to sound. Please book either the 17:30 or 17:45 slots. If you are sensitive to sound but wish to attend later showings, you may wish to bring ear plugs/noise reducing headphones.
Adults (ages 17+) £10
Children (ages 4-16) £6
For visitors with access requirements and free tickets for ages 0-3, please contact the Box Office on 01722 656555 or email BoxOffice@salcath.co.uk.
Digital Guide and Map
We’ve provided a free digital guide and map to Sarum Lights: Illuminating Art. You can download this to your mobile device before you visit and use it to navigate around the Cathedral, making sure you don’t miss a thing.Download Guide & Map