In 2016 Mel Howse was commissioned by Durham Cathedral to design and create a memorial for the student Sara Pilkington.
Today in 2019 this commission has unfolded into a vibrant expression of faith and love in the form of a contemporary stained glass window.
The Illumination Window is about the journey of learning, and the path to wisdom. However the contemporary nature of the art encourages an open and personal interpretation for the visitor.
The North Quire Aisle window faces out onto Palace Green, and draws links between the Cathedral and the University.
Over the last two years Mel has been working with architectural photographer and film maker Jim Stephenson, to record the story of why and how the Illumination Window was made.
The film will be released in three episodes.
Durham Cathedral, The Illumination Window Pt. 1 by Jim Stephenson
Durham Cathedral, The Illumination Window Pt. 2 by Jim Stephenson
Durham Cathedral, The Illumination Window Pt. 3 by Jim Stephenson