Art Show Brings Communities Together Inside Birmingham Cathedral for Chinese New Year

via Hannah from Birmingham Cathedral

Art Show Brings CommunitiesTogether Inside Birmingham Cathedral for Chinese New Year

As part of Birmingham’s Chinese New Year celebrations, British-Chinese artist Aowen Jin will curate a magical sound-reactive art show, with a special service lead by the Dean of Birmingham.

On the evening of 7 February this year, Birmingham Cathedral will host an interactive art show for Chinese New Year. With the lights of the Cathedral dimmed, visitors from Birmingham’s diverse communities are invited to experience the light-based artwork, ‘Midlight’, along with a special service led by the The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham, and a performance from a Chinese choir. Viewers are invited to sing with the choir and afterwards spend time to interact with the artwork and meet the artist.


Midlight is an impressive field of 2,000 lights and tens of thousands of fibre optic cables, which change colour and brightness as people talk or sing to the work. Visitors can even tweet to to control its colour, creating a unique experience for every visitor.

The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham said: “It’s a real pleasure for us to host Aowen Jin’s interactive and beautiful art work to celebrate Chinese New Year. I am looking forward to welcoming members of the Chinese community and many visitors to this special and unique event”

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Aowen Jin said: “I designed Midlight as an instantly accessible artwork that anyone could interact with, whether young or old, British or international, whatever language they speak, and whatever their background.”

“I am so delighted to have the chance to bring communities together through art with this work inside the Cathedral. It’s a magnificent building in the heart of the city, and one that is so quintessentially British. By inviting the Chinese and other communities into this sacred, special place to celebrate Chinese New Year, I really believe we can bring them closer to Birmingham’s cultural heritage. That’s such an honour for me as an artist.”

Doors open on this free event at 6pm, with the service starting at 6:30pm, and doors closing at 8pm. Midlight is supported by Birmingham Hippodrome, British Chinese Project and Arts Council England.

About Aowen Jin

Aowen Jin is a British-Chinese artist, writer and social commentator. Named ‘one of tomorrow’s great artists’ by The Times, her eclectic body of work ranges from painting to complex installations and digital art, and has been collected by Her Majesty the Queen and many other high profile organisations and individuals.

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About Birmingham Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St Philips was built in 1715 and became the cathedral for the Diocese of Birmingham in 1905. The elegant English Baroque architecture is complimented by incredible stained-glass windows. The Cathedral regularly hosts art and cultural events, and last year celebrated its 300 anniversary.

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