- Date: 15 October 2010
- Area: South West
'Crucible' Gloucester Cathedral.
Gloucester Cathedral is experiencing record breaking numbers of visitors as a result of the 'Crucible' exhibition, an Arts Council funded project.
The Cathedral and its precincts have been filled with 76 works of art by 48 sculptors, many of whom are internationally famous artists including Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley.
At the half way point of the exhibition, visitor numbers are staying buoyant, due to word of mouth and many people coming back for a second or third visit.
Chapter Steward Mark Beckett said:
'Compared to September last year, visitor figures are up 68% and those visitors have been more generous, with donations for the same period up around 125%. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed so generously towards the substantial costs of this exhibition.'
The Cathedral office has received letters, emails and phone calls praising the exhibition, while feedback in the visitors' book is overwhelmingly positive.
The exhibition has been a particular hit with young people, from toddlers to teenagers, while the Cathedral's two Education Officers are working double shifts to cope with over one hundred schools who have booked special tours.
Staff in the Cathedral Gift Shop and Coffee Shop have been working flat out to cope with the demand and have had to draft in extra members, particularly at weekends.
Marketing Gloucester is working with the Cathedral to survey visitors to 'Crucible' and calculate the economic benefit to the city as a result of the exhibition.
Gloucester Tourist Information Centre also reported an increase in their visitor figures this month compared to last September.
'Crucible' is a joint venture between Gallery Pangolin and Gloucester Cathedral. Most of the works were made in Gloucestershire, by the talented craftsmen working at Pangolin Edition.
'Crucible' runs until 30 October 2010.