BRADFORD Cathedral has revealed its upcoming exhibitions and events for the first few months of 2017.

A series of art exhibitions will be taking place at the cathedral, in Stott Hill, throughout the year, along with a number of musical guests.

The year will start with artist Luke Owen's 'Gift of Christmas' exhibition, which opened at the start of December.

It explores the birth of Jesus and offers a glimpse into his future, and will be at the cathedral until Thursday, February 2.

From February 3 to 5, there will be an exhibition of knitted pieces and their stories which have been submitted by the people of Bradford, as part of a weekend of events to remember St Blaise, the patron saint of Woolcombers.

The cathedral will also form part of the procession route originally taken in 1825 to celebrate the life of St Blaise, who is also commemorated in a carving about the Dean's stall in the cathedral.

From February 12 to 23, former chorister at the cathedral Sarah McWhinney will be exhibiting an installation titled 'Rhythm of the Dales'.

It will explore the natural beauty of Yorkshire Karst limestone gorges through moving image and sound, and has been inspired by the underground systems and caves in Yorkshire's countryside.

Maggie Peel, chairman of Artspace at Bradford Cathedral, said: "Sarah McWhinney was a chorister at Bradford Cathedral for many years, and we have watched her progress to Glasgow School of Art with great pleasure.

"We are delighted to be able to offer Sarah space to show her video installation Rhythm of the Dales in the Cathedral she knows and loves.

"Her constantly moving patterns that reflect the Yorkshire landscape will bring colour and vibrancy to the Cathedral at a dark time of year, as well as showing us the wonder of God's creation from a new perspective."

From March 1 to April 16, a photographic exhibition by Ian Beesley, titled 'Edge of Darkness', will feature at the cathedral, coinciding with Lent.

The photos focus on light pollution during twilight hours, and highlights how far you now have to go into the countryside to experience the full wonder of the night sky.

Ms Peel continued: "We are very excited to exhibit Ian Beesley's Edge of Darkness series of photographs during Lent.

"This is the period in the church year between the pancakes of Shrove Tuesday and the chocolate eggs of Easter, when Christians traditionally fast, remembering Jesus' forty-two days in the wilderness, when he fasted, contemplated on God and was tempted.

"Ian's photographs are very atmospheric and give us a real feeling for what Jesus might have experienced if he had fasted in the wildernesses of Yorkshire!"

Musical highlights in the first few months of next year include the Bradford Chorale's Spring concert at 7pm on Saturday, March 18, and a singing workshop by the Royal School of Church Music from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday, March 11

Tickets for the Chorale show cost £10, or £12 on the night, and can be bought by calling 01274 591644, and the singing workshop will cost £6.

Entry to view the art exhibitions is free.