Peace Doves

Peace Doves


Thousands of paper doves to be suspended above the Nave in Peter Walker’s acclaimed Peace Doves touring exhibition, coming to Wells Cathedral this Spring.

Friday 26 April to Saturday 8 June 2024

About Peace Doves

‘Peace Doves’ is a mass-participation artwork by sculptor and artist Peter Walker. Thousands of paper doves carrying messages of peace, hope, and love will be suspended in a beautiful, illuminated installation over the Nave of Wells Cathedral. The artwork is set to music by composer David Harper.

As part of the preparation for the installation, visitors to the Cathedral will be invited to write their messages on the handmade doves that will be included in the final artwork. In this way, the installation is made unique to Wells and will provide a focal point for the local community and all who visit throughout its stay.

Local schools are also invited to participate in the project with the goal of creating their own exhibitions inspired by peace.

Peace Doves art installation seen in the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool in July 2021. Approximately 18000 paper doves can be seen hanging from 15.5 meter ribbons from the ceiling lit up in beautiful colours.

Taking Part

A space to write your messages of peace, hope, and love has now been set-up in the North Transept of the Cathedral.

Visitors are invited to write their messages on the paper doves and post them in the box. These will later form part of the installation at Wells Cathedral.

Schools and Community Groups

Would your school or community group like to make your own exhibition?

If so, please email education@wellscathedral.org.uk to request an education pack. This will include a Peace Dove template as well as some guidance and inspiration for your own mini-exhibition.

Image © Peter Walker

Planning Your Visit

The installation will be on show from Friday 26 April to Friday 8 June 2024.

To get the full experience of the artwork, including soundtrack and illumination, we advise you plan your visit for the following times:

Monday – Saturday: 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Sunday: 12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Please note: these times are subject to change, and some events and services may make it necessary for the soundtrack to be switched off. You can check to see what’s planned on the date of your visit via the Upcoming Exhibitions page.

Evening Openings:

The Cathedral will open from 6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. (last entry 8.00 p.m.) on the following dates:

Saturday 4 May 2024

Saturday 25 May 2024

Monday 27 May 2024 (Bank Holiday)

About the Artist

Peter Walker is a sculptor and fine artist who has worked professionally for over 20 years in the development of public art, monumental bronze and other materials, fine, and installation art.

Peter’s work can be found in public and private collections internationally, including at the British Embassy in Dubai, British Embassy in Paris, The Collections of Limburg (Germany), St Chads Cathedral (Canada), Chester Cathedral, Lichfield Cathedral, and University Church in Oxford. Peter also creates large scale installation artworks and Son et Lumiere as the artistic director of Luxmuralis, including at Westminster Abbey (2020) Chatsworth House (2020), Compton Verney (2018), Bodleian Libraries Old Quad (2020), and numerous national cathedrals.

Find out more at peterwalkersculptor.com.

Peter Walker, sculptor – the making of Erasmus Darwin © Peter Walker

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