Events Programme Inspired By Stunning Artwork At Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral and its key partners have organised a wide range of events from mindfulness, music and Flowga to discussions, poetry and creative writing which are all inspired by the ‘Gaia’ artwork that will land in Derby as part of its world tour.

Created by renowned UK artist Luke Jerram, ‘Gaia’ measures seven metres in diameter and is created from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface.

Visitors will have an astronaut’s view of the planet in its entirety as it slowly revolves above the nave in Derby Cathedral, accompanied by a surround-sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.

‘Gaia’ will be unveiled to the public on September 22nd and will remain in place until October 16th.  It is programmed in association with Derby Festé that takes place on the 23rd and 24th September and has been brought to the city with the support and sponsorship of the University of Derby and Cosy Direct.

During the ‘Gaia’ installation, a diverse events programme has been organised

Mindfulness sessions: Monday September 26th and Monday October 10th at Derby Cathedral, 7pm to 8pm

Organised in partnership with Déda and mindfulness teacher Pam Sidhu, these relaxing sessions encourage participants to step into the moment and experience techniques that help take charge of thought processes. Tickets cost £10 and are available to book at


Urban Ramble, Friday September 30th, starting and finishing at Derby Cathedral, 11am to 12.30pm

Join Down to Earth Derby and Sprout Derby for a fun and educational ramble around the city – identifying flora and fauna and learning about plans for nature-based regeneration in the city. This is a free event but booking is essential as spaces are limited:


Music and Wellbeing, Monday, October 3rd, Derby Cathedral, 7pm to 8pm

A fun and insightful event focusing on the benefits of music to well-being. The talk is based on research by Dr Yoon Irons and Professor David Sheffield at the University of Derby and features the University Choir.  This has been organised in partnership with the University of Derby and is free to all UoD staff and students, otherwise tickets cost £7.  Booking is essential at


Creative Writing, Tuesday, October 4th, Derby Cathedral, 10am to 11am

Budding writers from novices to novelists are invited to capture their thoughts and ideas through creative writing, inspired by ‘Gaia’.  This fun and engaging event is led by the Café Writers Society and is free to attend with a suggested donation of £5 but booking is essential


Flowga, Wednesday October 5th, Derby Cathedral, 7pm to 8pm

Flowga teacher Matilda Rowland will lead a fusion exercise class to stretch and strengthen – combining yoga, pilates and movement.  No previous experience with yoga or pilates is necessary and mats are available if you don’t have your own. This is organised in partnership with Déda with tickets costing £10 or £6 concessions which can be booked online at


Autumn Lunchtime Recitals, Friday, October 7th and Friday, October 14th, Derby Cathedral, 1pm to 1.45pm

Part of Derby Cathedral’s popular lunchtime recitals series, these free performances will be under the stunning ‘Gaia’ artwork.  Booking is not required but a retiring collection goes towards funding music at Derby Cathedral.  For the latest recital information visit


Derby Poetry Festival at ‘Gaia’, Wednesday October 12th, Derby Cathedral, 7pm to 8pm

An open event which is free to join including Earth-themed readings by local poets and the chance for participants to take to the mic to read their favourite poem or one they have written themselves.  No booking required and for more information visit


Meet The Artist of ‘Gaia’ Online, Thursday October 13th, 7pm to 8pm

A unique opportunity to learn more about the work of internationally-renowned artist Luke Jerram who speaks about his work, inspirations and methodology to Professor Keith McLay, Provost – Learning and Teaching at the University of Derby. Luke’s multidisciplinary arts practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live artworks which excite and inspire people around the world.  Other work includes Museum of the Moon, Of Earth and Sky and In Memoriam.  This is a free online event with a suggested donation of £5 but booking is essential as a link will be provided prior to the event to those who sign up


The Blue Marble, Friday October 14th, Derby Cathedral, 2pm to 3pm

A facilitated discussion reflecting on the issues that ‘Gaia’ presents, particularly considering the first-hand reality of seeing Earth in space as a tiny fragile ball of life ‘hanging in the void’. Chaired by Dr Rhiannon Jones, Associate Professor (Civic) at the University of Derby, this is an informal event where you can listen or participate in the discussion.   This event is free to attend and participants are welcome to join the Autumn Lunchtime Recital which precedes this event at 1pm. For more information visit

The Very Revd Dr Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby, explained: “Once the ‘Gaia’ artwork is in place and the excitement of Derby Festé weekend is over, we wanted to organise an events programme that would enable visitors to further reflect on the magnificence of the artwork itself and the issues that it presents.

“The events programme organised under the Peace Doves earlier this year was very popular with visitors and I am sure that these will be equally well attended.”

Throughout the exhibition, entry to the Cathedral will be free of charge although a suggested donation of £3 per person is requested which will go towards the care and work of Derby Cathedral helping to keep its doors open for all.  For dates and further information about opening times during the art installation at Derby Cathedral, visit

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