This year, Liverpool Cathedral will be hosting a new and exciting art project with internationally-renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker. ‘Peace Doves’ is a mass participation art project culminating in the creation of a beautiful large-scale art installation that will hang from 8th to 31st May 2020 inside the Cathedral.

During this February half-term, Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February, the Cathedral Education Team are holding several dove-themed family activity sessions, where children with their parents or carers can write messages of hope and peace on the paper doves provided. Each family-friendly session is free and lasts around 30 minutes.

Liverpool Cathedral is free to enter and there’s child-friendly trails if you want to spend some time exploring the building. If you’ve got a head for heights you can take a trip up the Tower. To take part in the half-term activities, you can book places online Prices for trips up the Tower vary, prices can also be found on the website. The largest cathedral in the UK and fifth largest in the world, Liverpool Cathedral is entirely self-funded through its enterprise and fundraising efforts and activities, which in turn help keep the Cathedral free to enter. It does not receive any public or government money.

From Valentine’s Day (14th February) up until 19th April, the Cathedral will be inviting people to visit and write their messages of peace and hope on paper doves. Peter, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors will join the thousands of doves together to create the large-scale installation above the Well ready for its official opening on the 75th anniversary of VE day on 8th May 2020.

Peter first created the ‘Peace Doves’ installation in the UK’s only the only medieval three-spired cathedral. Consisting of 20,000 paper doves, the artwork was suspended in the nave of Lichfield Cathedral between December 2018 and January 2019. Messages of peace were written on individual doves by children from over 70 schools from the surrounding area.

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Booking for half-term activities

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