Gareth Jones Liverpool Cathedral


Out of this world!

Chelmsford Cathedral is delighted to be welcoming Gaia to Essex for the first time this October.

Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring six metres in diameter and created from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, the artwork provides the opportunity to view the planet, floating in three dimensions. It will be suspended, two metres up, giving visitors an opportunity to see the earth as astronauts see it from space and will fill the nave of Chelmsford Cathedral.

Artist Luke Jerram hopes that visitors will be inspired, seeing our planet in a new way and that the installation will give people an opportunity to reflect on its vulnerability.

‘Gaia’ is hosted by Chelmsford Cathedral and will open to the public on 12th October and every day until Sunday 30th October. It has been brought to the city with the support of Essex County Council’s Climate Action Fund and Anglia Ruskin University who will feature Gaia as part of their first annual Chelmsford Science Festival.

Gaia will be open for visitors during the day and on selected evenings. During this time local environmental and eco organisations have been invited to provide interactive displays to encourage us to think about ways to protect our planet. In addition, visitors will be able to enjoy live music, talks and an evening of yoga against the spectacular backdrop of Gaia.

There will also be lots of opportunity for children to enjoy Gaia especially at ARU’s Family Science Day on 15th October and fun half-term arts and crafts activities from 24th – 28th October.

This page will be updated throughout August with more information and tickets go live on 1st September.

Photo by Gareth Jones (Gaia at Liverpool Cathedral)

For media enquiries about Gaia, please speak to Clare Broome tel: 01245 294498.

Join our team of Volunteers

Chelmsford Cathedral is really excited to be hosting Gaia this October. 

In order to make the event a success, we are looking to recruit volunteers to welcome visitors, help manage ticket queues and generally answer any enquiries. You may also be able to help with refreshments or run our shop if this is something you have experience in. Full training will be given; the main requirement is for enthusiasm and a willingness to make people feel welcome.

Below is a letter outlining more details, a role description and an application form. If you would prefer to complete an application form on-line, the letter contains a link for you to be able to do this. Otherwise please return your application form to Laura Brayford

More information about volunteering for Gaia

Job Role

Application Form - also available to complete on-line, please use the link in the letter