Artspace

 

The purpose of Artspace is to offer the people of Bradford and beyond high-quality performance and visual Arts’ events, reflecting the significance of the Arts within the Christian church.

It will do this by:

  • Connecting the Cathedral with the wider community through Arts’ events that have local resonances

  • Being open to a wide range of people and communities, helping them to explore issues of spirituality

  • Offering local artists performance and exhibition space within which to celebrate their creativity

  • Working in partnership with organisations that share its desire to increase cooperation and understanding in a multi-faith environment

  • Showcasing a range of Arts’ events that beautify the cathedral building by being in sympathy and harmony with it, and increasing the number of visitors

If you would like to enquire about the possibility of exhibiting or performing in the Cathedral, please email us

 

Current Work

We have a 'Photographer in Residence' in position at the Cathedral. Find out more about this position.

 

Exhibitions and Events

As we journey together: an exploration of Faith in Bradford

Kate Abbey - mobile phone exhibition.Photographer Kate Abbey is Artist in Residence at Bradford Cathedral. Her work explores the multi-faith community unique to Bradford, asking the question ‘is it possible to photograph faith?’.

Having encountered initial restrictions of access due to lockdown, Abbey met members of the Cathedral’s congregation in parks, then gardens and then homes. As the residency progressed and the work deepened, the project expanded, exploring many different faiths as well as personal spirituality.

“It was always important to show each sitter’s home within the portraits; there is so much we can learn from their personal landscape. I want the viewer to recognise themselves in the images, as well as appreciate the differences. Although each sitter is alone, they are not isolated, whether it be with their God, with myself taking the shots or together with the other portraits in the exhibition.

As part of the portrait process, I interviewed the sitters to learn more about their specific religions and their personal journey; this created a deeper understanding between us. It allowed me an insight into their beliefs, and unexpectedly raised questions around my own spiritual journey and perception of faith.” Kate Abbey.

The 12 displays position the people of Bradford back into the congregation.

You can enjoy this exhibition from Saturday 18th June - Saturday 30th July during the regular opening hours of Bradford Cathedral.

You can also scan the QR code on the flyer or screen using your phone camera to hear some accompanying audio commentary.

 

New shapes around Bethlehem and Jerusalem

An exhibition of the textile art of Deborah Mullins (1959-2020) - a great supporter of Refugee Week. This runs from Monday 20th - Friday 24th June.

For more information on Refugee Week please visit https://www.facebook.com/BradfordRW22

 

Peter Marlow - The English Cathedral

This exhibition runs from Tuesday 6th September - 23rd October 2022 during our usual opening hours. Discover a unique photographic exhibition of the naves of all 42 English Anglican Cathedrals.

Peter Marlow - The English Cathedral poster.

About the Peter Marlow Foundation

The Peter Marlow Foundation encourages, examines and celebrates the photography of humanity, its impact and legacy. A gallery is in development, based in Dungeness, Kent, which will have an extensive archive and library, offering workshops, exhibitions, residencies and talks to schools, the public and professionals.

Peter was an internationally recognised photographer and a member of the world-renowned Magnum agency since 1980. Although gifted in the language of photojournalism, Peter’s work extended far beyond capturing world events. He was initially, however, one of the most enterprising and successful young British news photographers and in 1976 joined the Sygma agency in Paris.

In 2010 Peter undertook ‘a kind of reflective pilgrimage’, in photographing the naves of each of England’s 42 Anglican cathedrals. As a contemporary return to tradition of church photography in England, particularly the work of Frederick Evans and Edwin Smith, Peter’s typologies were taken in natural light at dawn, capturing the luminosity of each interior as daylight emerged from behind the altar. Devoid of artificial lighting, the images create a representation of each cathedral removed from the modern age.

The photographs were published as a book by Merrell, with a foreword written by Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs at the V&A. The first edition in 2012 and second edition in 2015.

With generous funding from the Victoria and Albert Museum and their Photographs Acquisition Group, a touring exhibition followed the book, commencing at Coventry Cathedral in 2016, Ely Cathedral in 2017, Plymouth and Blackburn in 2019, continuing into 2022 with 7 confirmed exhibitions: Carlisle, Winchester, Ripon, Southwell, Bradford, St Albans and St Pauls, with further cathedrals hosting the touring exhibition in 2023.

A full set of the prints are held in the V&A’s permanent collection.

In his lifetime Peter worked all over the world and his ever thoughtful photographs deal with close observation of the physical and personal landscape that is often overlooked. His lens was always on the human and social. The Foundation will continue in this spirit, providing a focus on social realism and people, both in the work it shares and in the activity it generates.

 

Highlights

In 2019 artist Nicola Moody was awarded a grant to create five woven artworks to tour ten cathedrals. Here are some of the highlights of that tour, including here at Bradford Cathedral (from around the 3:05 mark).