Divine Beauty at Night

The beauty of Burne-Jones brought to life!

Birmingham Cathedral’s remarkable stained-glass windows will be lit up in dazzling colour this January as part of an immersive light and sound experience to make visitors “say WOW!”.’

World-renowned light and sound projection company Luxmuralis will be bringing our four historic Burne-Jones windows to life, in a spectacular performance suitable for all ages. The use of light and sound will tell the story of the Victorian stained-glass, in way that will engage a new audience.

Divine Beauty at Night will be a series of special one-off immersive events that sees imagery from the stained-glass windows projected, floor to ceiling on the inside of Birmingham Cathedral. For three evenings from 12-14 January, visitors will be welcomed into a world of vivid colour, to not only gaze on the beauty of the windows but also to learn more about these precious treasures in the heart of the city.

Luxmuralis have a passion for taking art onto the streets and providing access to visual artwork in unexpected places. Their collaborative team combines artists from different backgrounds and artistic disciplines – creating works across multiple media and presentation formats. Their previous artwork has included many similar experiences within cathedrals across the UK.

Anna Pitt, CEO of Birmingham Cathedral, said: “Our windows surprise and delight visitors on a daily basis and particularly when lit up at night. The light and sound projections from Luxmuralis will even further enhance these beautiful treasures. We hope that Divine Beauty at night can be a way of getting people of all ages and backgrounds interested in and engaging with the windows – which will be even more dazzling once conservation work is completed later in 2023. We’re also looking forward to starting work on the conservation in the Spring, with opportunities to see the windows and the work taking place up close from special viewing platforms.”

Peter Walker, Artistic Director at Luxmuralis, said: “The Burne-Jones windows in Birmingham Cathedral are amongst artworks which can be rightfully classed as national treasures, I have known the works of Burne-Jones since I was young and we are privileged to be able to bring these windows to life for new audiences.”

Tickets

Tickets are being sold at 15 minute intervals from 1700 onwards.

Tickets cost £4 (£3 for concessions). Tickets should be purchased in advance as there will only be a very limited number of walk-up tickets available on the day.

Under 16s are free and do not need a ticket purchasing for them – but we do ask that you select the number of under 16s in your party as part of the booking process.

Tickets are non-refundable. All proceeds from this event will be going towards the conservation of our Burne-Jones windows.

Thursday 12 January

Friday 13 January

Saturday 14 January


Important information about this event

  • Please arrive in time for your time slot to ensure a steady flow of visitors to the event.
  • Make sure to wear warm clothing as there will be a queuing system outside the cathedral.
  • This event is a fully immersive experience and includes bright moving lights, loud sounds and music.
  • There are no public toilets or refreshments available at the cathedral during the event.
  • Photography of the experience is encouraged, but tripods will not be allowed.

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Divine Beauty at Night is generously supported by National Lottery players, via The National Lottery Heritage Fund.