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Rest under the stars – on tour

Carlisle Cathedral’s iconic star ceiling project, Rest Under the Stars, is on tour and hopes to inspire other communities and parishes as it travels across the western part of the province.

Rest under the stars – on tour

This is the second time that Rest Under The Stars, a collaborative project between Carlisle Cathedral and Prism Arts, has toured.

The installation transformed Carlisle Cathedral into a peaceful place for stargazing last summer – with sun loungers, decorative cushions and a new bespoke soundscape to listen to as visitors gazed up at the cathedral’s iconic starry ceiling.

Carlisle Cathedral

The project will visit several communities across Cumbria to enable more people to experience this interactive event, including St Andrew’s Church, Thursby, St Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, St Bees Priory, St John’s Church and St Michael’s Church, Workington before returning to the cathedral for the month of August.

The tour will see Prism Arts in residence providing one-off opportunities for community members to explore the sights and sounds of this Cumbrian journey and inviting visitors to get creative.

Venerable Canon Dr. Benjamin Carter, canon director of Carlisle Cathedral, said:

“We are delighted to be taking Rest Under The Stars on tour again and it is really exciting to be engaging with parishes across the western part of our province.
“We hope the local community comes to enjoy the experience, and look forward to their feedback to help us plan the future of this unique project.”

Rest Under The Stars went on tour in the autumn of 2023 visiting churches in Appleby, Crosby Ravensworth and Kirkby Stephen and the feedback included comments such as:

• “A beautiful inclusive exhibition. So much love, care, patience and understanding.”
• “A nice idea. It helps me see and hear the world in a new way.”
• “Simply brilliant – the work is moving and thoughtful. I love it, thank you.”
• “A good idea to do this in Appleby. We don’t see things like this very often here.”

You can follow the project here.

This project has received £9,402.54 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Leveling Up agenda, providing £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to increase pride in place and improve life chances across the UK by investing in communities and places, supporting local businesses, people and skills. Support for Rest Under The Stars has also been gratefully received from Hayward Tod.