Liverpool Cathedral offers ‘realm of sensory exploration’

A new group exhibition coming to Liverpool Cathedral this spring will offer visitors a ‘realm of sensory exploration’. Tony McDonough reports

Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral is hosting a new exhibition. Picture by Tony McDonough


Liverpool Cathedral is offering a new group exhibition that promises to “bring all five senses to life through art”.

Infinite Encounters will invite visitors to interact and enjoy an experience of sound, sight, touch, smell and even taste, “conjuring wonder through public participation”. It takes place from May 10 until June 2, and forms part of the cathedral’s centenary celebrations.

This exhibition refers to experiences lived daily, highlighting the relationship with the world around us, inviting us to pay attention to what we encounter every day – whether it is other people, nature and animals or food.

Rasheed Araeen’s Zero to Infinity, previously staged at Tate Modern, invites audiences to immerse themselves in an interactive journey. Comprising a number of giant cubes, audiences will become the architects of their own imagination.

Similarly, Liverpool-based artist Frances Disley presents Holodeck Programme 106, welcoming everyone to engage in games of dominoes and construct jigsaws together.

Myriam Thyes’ hypnotic video Mutable Worlds promises to be a visual journey while Neringa Naujokaite’s poetic work Horizon focuses on a young girl’s relationships with the city, friends, and music through sound.

Every frame tells a story and every moment captivates in a way that young girls across the city will relate to.

A new commission by Frances Disley will offer a glimpse of the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel and its architecture while inviting audiences to relax in a safe, playful, and specially scented environment.

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Finally, taste is on the menu at the Welsford Bistro as they serve a bespoke range inspired by Frances Disley’s new installation.

Dr Sue Jones, Dean of Liverpool, said “I am really excited to see some interactive art in the cathedral. The cathedral speaks of itself as a place of Encounter where all are welcome.

“We hope that when people visit the cathedral they will have an encounter with the building and with each other. 

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