Peace Doves

In summer 2024, we will welcome Peter Walker's installation, Peace Doves.

  • 1 April - 20 July: make a peace dove
  • 26 July - 4 September: see the installation

What is Peace Doves?

Peace Doves is a mass-participation artwork by Peter Walker, it will be made up of thousands of individually handmade paper doves which will be suspended above the Cathedral’s historic Nave. The artwork is set to music by composer David Harper.

Since 1 April, visitors, schools, local groups and church communities have been invited to create one of the thousands of paper doves needed for the installation.

Until 20 July you can also make a peace dove at the cathedral. When crafting your peace dove, you are invited to write a message of peace, love and hope.

The final result, which will be installed on 26 July, will give the sense of serenity and peace. As the paper doves are illuminated and hung from the Nave, see if you can spot your dove and reflect upon other public messages of peace - making each Peace Doves installation unique to those who took part.

Can I make a Peace Dove?

Making a Peace Dove has now ended as we work on installing the artwork inside the cathedral.

Thank you to everyone who wrote a message and made a dove.

We invite you to see the thousands of doves suspended in the Nave, in the final installation on Friday 26 July. 

When can I see the Peace Doves installation?

The installation will be on display in the Nave of the cathedral from 26 July until 4 September.

If you made a peace dove come back to see how it is part of the installation

Read about the installation

Do I have to pay to see Peace Doves installation?

There is no admission charge to see the installation and to make Peace Dove. There is no booking required however, donations are welcome.

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