Pilgrim was a dramatic video projection art installation that unfolded on the west elevation of Selby Abbey later this year.

Devised by acclaimed artist, Nayan Kulkarni, Pilgrim is about what it means to represent and experience light in architecture and landscape. It told the story of 

an imagined pilgrimage by following the journey from the sea, across the land and waterways to Selby Abbey.

The audience saw abstract images unfold into recognizable places, dissolve again; disappearing only to reappear somewhere else in another form. The monumental condensation towers at Drax power station, the river Ouse, the glacial traces of the Humberhead Levels... the local landscape was at the heart of this performance.

The artwork combined live performance, recorded footage (made during a period of residency in Selby) and interactive live video captured during the presentation of the work. 

The free event took place take place over three nights - 22-24 November 2019 from 6pm to 9pm. 

In order to make the event accessible, an Accessible Viewing Area was available on the Market Place for each of the three nights with space for wheelchairs and seated spaces for those with limited mobility. On Saturday 23rd November, Selby Park Car Park was reserved for Blue Badge parking and Mobiloo will be present, providing an accessible toilet with adult-sized changing bench and hoist.  No booking is required for the Accessible Viewing Area but to reserve a Blue Badge parking space in Selby Park Car Park for Saturday 23rd November, please email sddf.uk@gmail.com

Made possible by sponsorship from Drax Group Plc and money raised by National Lottery players, Arts Council England have awarded significant funding from their National Lottery Project Grants programme, to Selby District Council to deliver a programme of arts and heritage events to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the founding of Selby Abbey.