This August an artist will be running a series of events and workshops for children and adults inspired by the magnificent designs and graffiti left over the centuries throughout The Abbey.

Ella West, an English visual artist exploring the boundaries between printmaking, painting and site-specific installation, will be St Albans Cathedral’s first ever artist in residence.

Ella is creating a series of wax sculptures to go on display in the cathedral and is encouraging all ages to come along and make their mark by engraving a personal message which will form part of the sculptures.

Throughout her residency, Ella will explore the historic graffiti hidden around the cathedral, some of which dates back to the sixteenth century.

Canon chancellor at the cathedral, reverend Kevin Walton, says: “For many centuries people have made their mark in this place and Ella is going to help us continue building on this living legacy. We very much look forward to welcoming many families and individuals to this fascinating and imaginative programme.”

There will be two screen printing workshops aimed at children aged seven and over on Tuesday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 14, when Ella will show children how screen printing is done and help them make their very own print to take home.

It’s not only children who can learn a new skill, as there will also be an opportunity for adults to try their hand at screen printing in an intimate, candlelit workshop on Wednesday, August 15.

Speaking of her plans for her residency, Ella says: “I am thrilled to be working in collaboration with St Albans Cathedral. I’ll be working with a diverse range of people to deliver workshops and create artworks which will be exhibited in the cathedral.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to connect with the community, learn about the rich history of the cathedral and respond to the unique architecture presented in this incredible site.”

Further information about all of these events and tickets for all workshops are available from the Cathedral website: