Accessible & Free Selby Abbey Illumination Event, THE PILGRIM, 22-24 November 2019

“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 the river from the sea, across the land to Selby Abbey and beyond to its source. Through a spellbinding, mesmeric layering of sound and moving image, the work will explore ideas of time and place.”

Award-winning multimedia artist Nayan Kulkarni

Selby Abbey will be dramatically lit up in a spectacular art show in what will be one of the most significant Selby 950 celebration events.

Award-winning artist, Nayan Kulkarni is designing the dynamic lighting and digital projection and art installation that will unfold on the west elevation of the Abbey for three nights. Nayan has worked across the UK on a diverse range of arts projects including the Blade installation as part of the Hull City of Culture event in 2017.

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 Pilgrim event is set to be one of the most significant events for the town’s year of cultural celebrations, featuring stunning, dynamic lighting and digital projection.

“This will be a remarkable event and a fantastic way to celebrate the important role the Abbey plays [Selby].
“I’m particularly pleased that the event is free – we want to include as many people as possible in the Selby 950 celebrations and encourage those who wouldn’t normally come along to this kind of performance to experience something completely different.”

Executive member, Cllr Chris Pearson.



Made possible by sponsorship from Drax Group Plc and money raised by National Lottery players, Arts Council England has 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.

The District Council has invested £50,000 to deliver a programme of arts and heritage events to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the founding of Selby Abbey. The Council has been awarded just under £70,000 by Arts Council England and £45,000 by National Lottery Heritage Fund.


In order to make the event accessible, an Accessible Viewing Area will be available on the Market Place in Selby for each of the three nights with space for wheelchairs and seated spaces for those with limited mobility. On Saturday 23rd November, Selby Car Park will be reserved for accessible/Blue Badge parking and Mobiloo will be present, providing an accessible toilet with adult-sized changing bench and hoist.

No tickets are required for the event.