Alight is a new Art app commissioned by academics in Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London and developed by Calvium in partnership with the Diocese of Chichester and former Bishop Otter Scholar for Theology and the Arts, Naomi Billingsley.
It is being officially launched for Lent 2018 and complements the Diocese of Chichester’s Year of Prayer Lent Course, which focuses on works of art that relate to the prayer.
The app introduces its users to works of art in a way that explores the artist's religious dimensions and devotional power and includes several 'curated pilgrimages' that connect works in different locations, offering unique perspectives on temporary exhibitions as well as insight into permanent ones.
The Chichester Art Pilgrimage Trail is the first of a new type of trail in Alight, which includes a walking pilgrimage within the city to the Cathedral with audio tracks by Professor Ben Quash (King’s College London) reflecting on the history of the city, and meeting other speakers along the way, which includes a reflection by Bishop Martin Warner on the sculpture of St Richard (2000) by Philip Jackson.
Once inside, twelve audio reflections explore works of art throughout the Cathedral, including a reading of Philip Larkin’s poem ‘An Arundel Tomb’, which is inspired by one of the monuments in the Cathedral.
The reflections are written and presented by theologians, art historians and members of the Cathedral community, who share their own spiritual responses to the works.
It will appeal both to members of the Christian communities of Chichester, the Diocese and beyond, and more broadly to those seeking contemplative engagement with the art and history of Chichester and its Cathedral.
The trail was jointly funded by the Jerusalem Trust (via King’s College London) and the Diocese of Chichester.
You can download the trail by going to the diocesan website where you will also find further information about the other world of art included in the Trail.
Get started - you can download the trail here: