Exhibitions

Norwich is a city buzzing with culture and the Cathedral is one of the mix of venues that regularly celebrate art and creativity. For a full account of this please see the latest edition of the Art In Norwich publication here.

We are fortunate to have a beautiful space in the Hostry Visitor & Education Centre, where exhibitions are staged throughout the year. It’s a space that benefits from the wonderful architecture of the Hostry itself, where modern meets medieval. In addition we make use of the wonderful spaces within the Cathedral itself.

All of our exhibitions are free to the public, so next time you’re passing please do come in and engage with inspiring and challenging art.

Current and future exhibitions

You’ll find details of our current and future exhibitions in the What's On section.

Previous exhibitions

In recent times the work on display at the Cathedral has included;

The Bishop’s Art Prize

An exhibition in the Hostry featuring an array of creative works by students studying for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in fine art, textile design, communication design and games art and design at Norwich University of the Arts. The Bishop’s Art Prize is an annual competition which invites students in their final year of study to explore Christian themes. In 2016 students created a body of work in response to the brief ‘Unexpected Blessings’, set by the Bishop of Norwich, Graham James.

Shadows of the Wanderer

A major sculptural work by Brazilian-born artist Ana Maria Pacheco, installed in the Cathedral’s South transept for 6 months in 2015. As a work Shadows of the Wanderer comprises ten over life-size figures, each carved from a single lime tree, that crowd close together and stand as looming shadows behind a young man carrying an older man on his back. The group recalls the tale of Aeneas, who carries his father Anchises from the ruins of burning Troy, but it also powerfully resonates with contemporary issues, particularly those of exile, asylum, migration and the displacement of people.

Incunabula

An exhibition curated by our then artist-in-residence, Chris Minchin, where 25 contemporary artists responding to the Cathedral’s Historic Library. Work included sculptures, video, sound, performance, painting and text occupying the bays, shelves, tables and chairs of the library, in what was an exciting response to medievalism, contemplation, narrative, feminism and magic.

Exhibition proposals

If you have an idea for a future exhibition you’ll first need to complete a proposal form. Proposals are then considered by the Exhibitions Panel, which is led by the Canon Librarian. To request a proposal pack please contact the Secretary to the Canon Librarian.