Street artists given a chance to shine at Minster showcase

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Street artists will bring their skills into the Nave of York Minster as part of a bold new art showcase.

Artists from the Leeds-based art co-operative, Black Rose, will be joined by renowned street artist Inkie to create a number of specially-commissioned artworks that use York Minster, its architecture and its own artworks, including statues and stained glass, for inspiration.

The live art event, which will be staged from October 30 to November 2 and is part of this year’s Illuminating York festival, will take place in the Nave with artists working on a number of individual pieces. Four light boxes will be covered with intricate designs, while one giant work will be created across four large hoardings.

Artist and co-founder of Black Rose, Joy Gilleard, said: “It is both a huge challenge and an immense privilege to undertake a commission like this – we are much more accustomed to working in modern, contemporary urban settings than in a Gothic cathedral.”

The live art is part of a host of other events in York Minster during the city-wide Illuminating York festival. This includes the chance to light a candle of remembrance as part of a giant spiral of light in the Chapter House. Tickets and further details are available online at