‘Lights Out’ will be on display in the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral during February 2023
Gloucestershire-based charity, The Music Works, has been working with young people from the local community to create powerful new audio content in response to The Knife Angel, which is being hosted at the Cathedral next month.
In collaboration with artists at Squidsoup, young people have taken part in a series of workshops to produce a small-scale, intimate light and sound installation. The work, called ‘Lights Out’, features the voices and sounds of local young people interested in social change, whose lives have been affected by the issues raised by the Knife Angel sculpture.
Lyndsay Davies, Youth and Community Director at The Music Works, said:
“The collaboration has been an excellent opportunity for a group of young people, who didn’t know each other a couple of months ago, to develop their passion for making music whilst exploring important issues that impact their lives in powerful and challenging ways.
We’re really excited to be working with Squidsoup, as it gives the young people an opportunity to have their voices and creative ideas occupy a new space in such an exciting and immersive way.”
One of the young producers who has been working on the project added:
“I think this event is going to help change the perception of how young people are seen locally, showcasing our talent and really showing what we can do.”
A launch event for Lights Out will be held at Gloucester Cathedral on Wednesday 1 February, offering invitees the chance to see exclusive live performances from some of the young producers involved. Then, between Thursday 2 February and Monday 27 February, Lights Out will be on display in the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral. All are welcome to come and explore the installation, with no tickets required.
The Revd Dr Rebecca Lloyd, Canon Chancellor and Director of Learning and Participation at Gloucester Cathedral, said:
“We are delighted to be welcoming The Music Works and Squidsoup to Gloucester Cathedral for this very special exhibition. It will give visitors the chance to stop, to see something of the world through the eyes of the young people involved, and to reflect, pray and recommit to doing everything we can to put an end to violent crime.”
Gloucester Cathedral has set up The Knife Angel Legacy Fund, which will ensure the vital work to raise awareness around violent crime continues. All funds raised through the Legacy Fund will be used to support affected communities in Gloucestershire, with an aim to increase education around, and prevent, violent crime. You can donate to the fund via the Cathedral website.
Photo’s courtesy of Salo Elia @jumpcut_visuals and The Music Works