Spectacular Light Installation to Shine Bright for GARAS


Spectacular Light Installation to Shine Bright for GARAS at Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral hosts artwork to recognise Gloucestershire refugees throughout history.

The exhibition titled ‘Where There is Light’ marks the culmination of events celebrating 20 years of Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) and features artwork by Gloucestershire based digital arts group, Squidsoup.

Working in partnership with the Everyman Theatre, The Music Works and Gloucester Cathedral, the exhibition will provide a truly poignant, immersive sensory experience to visitors. It aims to raise awareness of the crucial work GARAS does to support asylum seekers and refugees across the County.

“We are really excited to be ending our 20th Birthday Celebrations in this inspiring and innovative way. As we start the New Year and decade, our wish for refugees here and across the World is that they find light in the reception they receive. We hope they find an opportunity to start to rebuild their lives” Adele Owen, GARAS.

A specially designed soundscape created by the Everyman Writers Lab, The Music Works and Squidsoup accompanies the exhibit giving an audio narrative featuring stories of people from various countries who are now living in Gloucester and who have used the services that GARAS offers.

Squidsoup installations have featured at galleries, music and light festivals all over the world and are currently displaying in Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona and Millennium Square Bristol. Artist and Founder Anthony Rowe is thrilled to have the artwork exhibited locally and said “We are delighted to have this opportunity to show our work in a new context and to a new audience, highlighting the struggles that refugees and asylum seekers frequently face, and celebrating organisations that have been set up to help them.”

Visitors to ‘Where There is Light’ will see the Lady Chapel transformed into an environment where virtual and physical worlds coincide. We invite visitors to be as quiet as possible and to take time to reflect as the light and sound changes.

‘Where There Is Light’ will take up residence in the Lady Chapel at Gloucester Cathedral from Thursday 16 January until Sunday 23 February.  Please check the Gloucester Cathedral website www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk  for the daily opening times of ‘Where There is Light’.


For general visitor information including opening times see: 'Where There is Light' exhibition page

For Press Enquiries please contact:

Helen Jeffrey
Community Engagement and Social Responsibility Manager
01452 229838

Notes to editors

GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers)  offer support to those seeking asylum in Gloucestershire, welcoming them when they arrive, advocating for them in their daily struggles, supporting them if they face being sent back as well as helping them adjust to their long term future if they are recognised as refugees.

Squidsoup is an international group of artists, researchers, technologists and designers working with digital and interactive media experiences. Their work combines physical and dynamic digital spaces with novel and intuitive forms of interaction to produce immersive, responsive and beguiling experiences. Squidsoup’s work can be experienced online and in shared spaces, physical and virtual installations, games and software tools.

Hannah Brady, Producer

Everyman Theatre Writers' Lab
The Writers' Lab consists of up to 18 writers who wish to develop and explore their scriptwriting skills in a theatre environment. The group meets 8 – 10 times a year in the theatre. Recently the Writers' Lab has worked alongside the Everyman's Actors' Lab to explore how devised theatre can progress to script.

Camille Cowe – Community Arts Manager

The Music Works
The Music Works mission is to transform lives through music and are specialists in working with young people in challenging circumstances to help them reach their full potential in music, in learning, and in life.


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