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Gloucester Cathedral Launches Art for Wellbeing

On Monday 27 April Gloucester Cathedral will launch a new, free digital resource pack providing seven days of Art for Wellbeing activities

The first activity encourages people to draw their own arch inspired by the incredible Norman architecture of the Cathedral's famous Nave. It can be downloaded here.


Between Monday 27 April and Sunday 3 May, a new Art-based activity will be available to download every day from the Cathedral website.


Art for Wellbeing Week resources draw inspiration from the varied and rich history, art, architecture and musical traditions of the Gloucester Cathedral.  While the building is closed in response to the current pandemic, these resources are another way for the Cathedral to support its community.


Available to all, this is part of a wider series of resources the Cathedral’s Community Engagement and Social Responsibility team has developed in response to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The resources aim to ensure that people who usually attend the Cathedral’s Art for Wellbeing programme (run annually in partnership with Adult Education Gloucestershire) continue to be supported whilst the Cathedral building is closed.


The team wants to ensure that the wide-ranging benefits that art activities can offer to support physical and mental wellbeing - from alleviating anxiety and building confidence, to creating a space for shared learning and connection – are made available and accessible to everyone.         


The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:


Our vision is to seek to be ‘in tune with heaven and in touch with daily life’. This is an inclusive aspiration that sets the glory of a particular place in God’s vision for human flourishing. At this unprecedented time when the Cathedral is closed, we must now, more than ever, find ways to continue enabling everyone to find wholeness and refreshment.”          

The Art for Wellbeing Week (and other resources) can be downloaded here.


To keep up to date on the Cathedral’s engagement and social responsibility work follow us on Twitter @EngageGlosCathedral. Don’t forget to share your own artwork using #creativecathedral