Pilgrim is a dramatic video projection art installation that will unfold on the west elevation of Selby Abbey later this year.

Currently being developed by acclaimed artist, Nayan Kulkarni, Pilgrim is about what it means to represent and experience light in architecture and landscape. It will tell the story of an imagined pilgrimage by following the journey of a shining figure from the sea, across the land and waterways to Selby Abbey. Through a spellbinding, mesmeric layering of sound and moving image the work will explore ideas of time and place.

The audience will see 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... will all bring the the local landscape into the centre of a more universal symbolic work.

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

Nayan Kulkarni will also give talks to Selby College Art & Design students during the development and making of Pilgrim.

The free event will take place over three nights - 22-24 November 2019.

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.