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Annual Theme 2018

The Cathedral Annual Theme for 2018 is: 

Time:   explorations in Time and Faith.

How can the exploration of Time, deepen our understanding of ourselves, our spirituality and our engagement with the world around us?   

On Saturday 20th January, we explored these questions through a programme of events and a special service at our launch event.  You can see some photos of that event here:



With the generous support of Arts Council England, Portsmouth Cathedral is offering a unique residency opportunity, which we’ve named ‘The Hermitage’.

 The Tower of Portsmouth Cathedral

The Tower of Portsmouth Cathedral

Each year the Cathedral has an annual theme programme, which shapes our outreach and community engagement events. For 2018 the theme is Time. During the year we are offering a range of lectures, events, exhibitions and film screenings and this artist residency is part of that programme.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to spend an extended period of time in a special Cathedral location which is not normally open to the public, exploring the theme of Time in a secluded and isolated environment. We want the artist to reflect and respond to questions about Time: how does it feel to be in the middle of a busy city, yet removed from it all? How might your work reflect your awareness of time and how time passes in such a space? How does the building itself, with all its history, affect your perception of time and how could you represent this through your chosen medium? 

A briefing paper is available with full details of the fee, budget and application process.

Please email Sharon Court: with the subject line: Hermitage Enquiry and information will be sent to you.

The deadline is 5pm on May 31st 2018. No submissions will be considered after this time.




Join us each month for Doctor Who – Adventures in time and faith

The first of monthly sessions exploring this popular long running science-fiction television programme.  We’ll be exploring each incarnation of the Doctor alongside some of the big issues and themes which are covered in various episodes.  Each session involves watching an episode, a short presentation and time for discussion on some of the issues raised around life, the universe and faith.

This event will meet monthly, upstairs at The Dolphin pub - 41 High St, Portsmouth, PO1 2LU - on Tuesdays, 7pm – 9pm. 

Booking is essential, and places are limited. Please book via Eventbrite (search for “Dr Who” and put Portsmouth in the location box) or call the Cathedral offices – 02392 823300.


We also hope to bring you some more exciting events and will announce these as soon as details are confirmed.