Ripon Cathedral is about to embark on an incredible milestone, celebrating 1350 years since its consecration by St Wilfrid in 672AD.
The Anglo-Saxon Crypt is all that remains of Wilfrid’s original basilica church, but this remarkable space is the oldest building of any English Cathedral. Even more remarkably, it still in use today – a place of prayer and reflection at the heart of this historic place.
Wilfrid’s passion was to lay strong foundations of the Christian church in the Pagan Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, and he became one of the most influential and pioneering leaders.
"The finest building north of the alps…"
"Events to make memories…"
A group show by four artists including Sara Shamma, Paul Baily, Jack Chesterman and a visual projection collective.
We are very fortunate to be able to include Syrian artist Sara Shamma, whose dynamic portraiture is internationally acclaimed. Sara will be producing portaits of St Wilfrid and his contemporaries to bring them to life over 1,300 years after they trod this earth.
Jack Chesterman will create three paintings depicting elements of Wilfrid’s life, which will be housed in the Anglo-Saxon crypt. Music will stitch the painting and projection together, creating an evocative and immersive experience in the oldest structure of any English Cathedral in use today.