Kate Abbey’s exhibition – ‘As we journey together: an exploration of Faith in Bradford’ – has been extended until Wednesday 31st August.

Photographer Kate Abbey has been the Artist in Residence at Bradford Cathedral since October 2020 and, following over 18-months of work with the Cathedral, launched her retrospective exhibition ‘As we journey together: an exploration of Faith in Bradford’ in June.

The exhibition has been extended until Wednesday 31st August, with the images now displayed in different locations to reveal more about them.

Kate’s work explores the multi-faith community unique to Bradford, asking the question ‘is it possible to photograph faith?’.

Having encountered initial restrictions of access due to lockdown, Kate met members of the Cathedral’s congregation in parks, then gardens, and then homes. As the residency progressed and the work deepened, the project expanded, exploring many different faiths as well as personal spirituality.

Kate Abbey says:

“It was always important to show each sitter’s home within the portraits; there is so much we can learn from their personal landscape. I want the viewer to recognise themselves in the images, as well as appreciate the differences. Although each sitter is alone, they are not isolated, whether it be with their God, with myself taking the shots or together with the other portraits in the exhibition.

“As part of the portrait process, I interviewed the sitters to learn more about their specific religions and their personal journey; this created a deeper understanding between us. It allowed me an insight into their beliefs, and unexpectedly raised questions around my own spiritual journey and perception of faith.”

The 12 displays position the people of Bradford back into the congregation.

Alongside the photographs – which are displayed between the pillars of Bradford Cathedral’s nave – visitors to the exhibition can hear from the sitters themselves through a special audio recording, which can be accessed through a QR code in the Cathedral.

You can enjoy this exhibition until Wednesday 31st August during the regular opening hours of Bradford Cathedral – typically 10am – 4pm Monday – Saturday. Please note that Bradford Cathedral will be closed for the August Bank Holiday on Monday 29th August.


Notes for Editors

About Bradford Cathedral
Bradford Cathedral is a hidden jewel waiting to be discovered. Set in tranquil gardens we are Bradford’s oldest place of worship and house the story of the City.

We are an Anglican Cathedral, holding services, events and educational visits.

We are open Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm for visiting and prayer. Discover our Morris & Co textiles and stained glass, and monuments marking Bradford’s history.

Visit us online for more or call 01274 77 77 20.

  • Welcome to Yorkshire ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ 2020
  • Eco congregation status
  • Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Mark
  • Museums+Heritage Awards ‘Best Use of Digital – UK’ (2022, shortlisted)

For further information please contact:
Philip Lickley, Communications, Marketing and Events Officer

t:  01274 777722

e: commsandevents@bradfordcathedral.org

About Kate Abbey

Kate Abbey is a photographer and director who is after the real and authentic: those subtle, but powerful moments in life that we all strive after. “If it doesn’t look believable, I’m not interested.”




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