Ark exhibition at Chester Cathedral

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ARK is the forthcoming modern art exhibition of world class sculpture opening soon at Chester Cathedral. Curated by the Pangolin gallery after a similar successful exhibition at Gloucester cathedral , ARK brings 90 sculptures by world renowned artists including Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley,  Barbara Hepworth and David Mach. ARK is the largest free to enter contemporary and modern art exhibition to be held in the North West. The exhibition is sponsored by Bank of America and an educational programme will be running alongside the exhibition.

The exhibits are spread out inside the Cathedral and across the grounds, with the stunning “Perceval” by British artist Sarah Lucas greeting visitors at the main entrance.


World Class art set to be as iconic as the Elephant statue (for a few months at least)

ARK has been several years in the planning and features exhibits ranging in size from life size animal sculptures to smaller pieces which will require a thorough explore of the Cathedral to discover.  A map is available for a small charge so visitors can enjoy all 90 exhibits: as usual the Cathedral is free to enter.


Jaw dropping Cat sculpture



Michael Joo’s Zebra sculpture. Pic: Liz Roberts



Young Whale by Daniel Chadwick

On our preview of the exhibition we were struck by the quality of the exhibits, some more abstract than others, but all enhanced by the beautiful backdrop of the beautiful Cathedral. Viewing all of the exhibits will take visitors round every corner and cloister and enhance their appreciation of the building itself, which in parts already resembles a gallery with its intricate carvings and ecclesiastical art.  Many of these pieces of art are going to be hugely popular with the selfie generation and tourists, and every one is thought provoking in its own way.




Jewelled skulls by  Steven Gregory


ARK will be a huge boost to Chester, offering a genuinely world class (and free) attraction to a city which is already basking in the cultural glow of the recently opened Storyhouse. Deserving of national media attention  , the mix of modern art in a medieval space is truly mind blowing.  “London eat your heart out!” said Chester tour guide Liz Roberts about ARK which runs from July 7 until October 15. Entry to the Cathedral is free.





4 Replies to “Ark exhibition at Chester Cathedral”

  1. I visited thhe Ark exhibition today 15. 08 .20 and as I am disabled and walking with the aid of two sticks expected to be able to sit and read the catalogue, but found ro my dismay that there are no chairs anywhere near the exhibits. I had to leave without being able to view anywhere near the number of exhibits, or to read anything about them. May I suggest that more thought be given to those of us who are disabled and provide some seating.

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