Heathrow Chapel Lightboxes

The Chapel of St George at Heathrow Airport celebrated its 50th anniversary in October 2018, and Heathrow Chaplaincy invited Arts Chaplaincy Projects to develop an exhibition to help mark this occasion. Artist Anna Sikorska, assisted by Wimbledon MA Painting student Maria del Pino Cornejo, worked with the airport community – which includes 76,000 staff, and 78 million passengers per year – to collaboratively produce a series of colour lightboxes, for installation within the chapel. Visitors are welcome to view the lightboxes during chapel opening hours, from 7 am – 7 pm every day.

‘The Heart of Heathrow’ by Martin and Charlie, pipefitting contractors


The chapel was built at the centre of the original airport complex, which in turn was in the centre of a ‘star of David’ configuration of runways. The visual simplicity of this setting has become complicated over the intervening years by ongoing airport expansion. Moreover, this physical complexity is mirrored by a cultural diversity; although always international by definition, the airport is now situated within a multicultural, multi-faith city, and this is reflected in the interfaith work of Heathrow chaplaincy. While the chapel may no longer be at the centre of the physical map of the airport, it nevertheless remains a spiritual centre for the airport community, and our project aims to reflect this, and to encourage the people of Heathrow to engage with their chapel.


Maria and Anna



Anna introducing the project to security officers



Dayle & Cinzy working on a lightbox in Terminal 4



Pamela and Ali, passenger service agents, Terminal 2



Pamela and Ali with Maria



Maria in the Chapel



Anna in the Chapel



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