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York Minster’s cavernous Nave will be transformed for eight nights from 20 – 27 October when new sound and light installation Platinum and Light illuminates the space.

The projection has been designed by Ross Ashton and Karen Monid, the artists behind the multi-award winning Northern Lights which ran at the Minster in 2019, and the events will help raise funds for the Minster’s current project to conserve the medieval St Cuthbert Window and South Quire Transept.

Watch the video below to hear Ross and Karen talk about the inspiration behind the project:

Online talks

To create the new artwork, Ross and Karen have drawn on expert advice from acclaimed academics at universities including Durham University, the University of Edinburgh and the University of East Anglia. Watch the series of talks below to learn more about the sources for Platinum and Light and the themes explored through the installation.

Foteini Spingou, Research Fellow in Byzantine Intellectual/Cultural History, University of Edinburgh

Katy Cubitt, Professor Emerita of Medieval History, University of East Anglia

Giles E M Gasper, Professor of High Medieval History, Durham University

Brian Tanner, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Durham University


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