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Luke Jerram’s Gaia is Coming to Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral launches Art for Wellbeing Week

Gloucester Cathedral and Ecclesiastical Insurance Group are delighted to announce that Gaia will take up residence in the cathedral nave between 13 October and 1 November 2020. 

A touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, Gaia measures seven metres in diameter and features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface offering an extraordinary opportunity to see our home planet at scale.

This will be the second time that Luke has exhibited at the Cathedral following last year’s hugely popular Museum of the Moon which attracted over 70,000 visitors.

Artist, Luke Jerram said: “It’s an honour to present my work in Gloucester Cathedral again and wonderful that we’ve been able to programme it to coincide with my poetry installation ‘Of Earth and Sky’ which will be installed across the city at the same time!"

The Cathedral was recently awarded Visit Britain’s Industry Standard ‘We’re Good to Go’ status and has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the building is safe for people to visit. Gaia will be ticketed to limit capacity for physical distancing.

Details explaining how to book tickets will be announced in September.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said: “I’m delighted we can bring Gaia to the county this October.  At a time when we are all still dealing with Covid-19 it’s good to have something positive to look forward to – particularly a shared experience.  We have spent time developing visiting arrangements to ensure everyone’s safety as well as providing a wonderful experience and will respond to the most up to date guidance and best practice.  We look forward to sharing more details about this as Gaia’s arrival date approaches.”

Sponsored by Ecclesiastical, the installation will form a key part of the Cathedral’s Beacon of Hope campaign which aims to support the recovery of the city and county following the Covid-19 pandemic. Gaia forms part of a programme of collaborative cultural activities which aim to help inspire local communities, promote wellbeing and stimulate economic growth. It will also complement the Cathedral’s work with the Diocese of Gloucester and other partners to address the climate crisis and promote environmental sustainability.

Caroline Taplin, Group HR Director at Ecclesiastical, said: “Since we moved to Gloucester in the 1970’s we’ve had a close relationship with Gloucester Cathedral, so we are delighted to be sponsoring this exhibition to help bring this stunning installation to the city. Last year’s Museum of the Moon exhibition really captured the imagination of the public and I am sure Gaia will do too.

To find out more visit the website.

Explore Gloucestershire
10 August 2020

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