ARTS IN PLACE: Lighting the City – Public Talk
Saturday 17 October, 10am to 1pm (followed by drinks and networking)
The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TG
This event looks at the role artists who work with light in urban environments can influence a sense of place. We will explore how artists work with light as a medium in both temporary and permanent ways to bring ‘illumination’ to the city, often working with a wide network of cross-disciplinary partners.
Multimedia artist Nayan Kulkarni's work engages with ideas of site specificity, time, technology and perception. These themes are manifested in work that is generated from specific concepts, processes or places through diverse media such as light, video, installation, sculpture and photography. Over the last 15 years Kulkarni has developed a keen interest in the potential of site specific and collaborative practice. Many projects have included working with urban planners, landscape/architects, lighting designers and engineers as well as exhibition, curatorial and publication ventures. www.nkprojects.co.uk
Helen Marriage Director of Artichoke, producers of Lumiere Festival, Durham
Artichoke Trust was founded in 2005 by Helen Marriage and Nicky Webb. There aim is to work with artists to create extraordinary, large-scale events that appeal to the widest possible audience. We don’t believe the arts should take place only behind the closed doors of theatres or art galleries. Instead, we put on shows in unusual places: in the streets, public spaces or in the countryside. Since 2006, Artichoke has produced several large-scale events across the country, from London to Liverpool; from light festivals to giant mechanical spiders. Nearly all our events are free to attend, and attract members of the public in thousands. www.artichoke.uk.com
Lumiere Festival, Durham
Commissioned by Durham County Council, the first Lumiere took place in 2009. Originally planned as a one-off, it has since grown into the UK’s largest light festival. Returning to the North East of England every other year, in 2013 it was attended by a record 175,000 people over four days. Producers Artichoke also brought Lumiere to Derry~Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations later that November. Artichoke are passionate about the possibilities of light and how it can transform urban environments. At Lumiere Durham 2013, 27 installations stretched across the city including a huge trumpeting 3D elephant, illuminated stick men who ‘took over’ the old Durham Miners Hall, and a giant sun. From neons and video mapped projections to LEDs, there were extraordinary things waiting to be discovered in unexpected locations. With a new programme of work by international artists and a conference with impressive speakers all ready to share their vision for how light can change the world, Lumiere Durham 2015 (12 – 15 November) promises to once more illuminate the wintry darkness in spectacular fashion. www.lumiere-festival.com
Studio Dekka is an interdisciplinary design practice specialising in architectural and public realm lighting. Our work encompasses a range of scales and project types – from strategic master plans for city districts to individual buildings, interiors, exhibitions and special projects. We’ re a small, energetic, design-led studio. We’ve developed a track record of delivering high-quality projects. Our strength is our attention to detail. Our team is drawn from architecture, interior design, the social sciences and fine art, meaning we bring a range of critical perspectives to each project. studiodekka.com
Session tickets each - £10/ £6 (Artist & Concession rate)
*OFFER – Access to 2 sessions - £15/ £10 (Artist & Concession rate)
*The offer applies to the following sessions: Engaging the Public, Integrating Art into Public Spaces, Lighting the City.
This event is part of a wider series of events, programmed by Beam called ‘Arts in Place’ which take place at The Orangery, Wakefield between 14-17 October. The Arts in Place event series will explore what impact artists can have – working with communities, business, built environment and other partners – on making better places and spaces.
More details of the events can be found at www.beam.uk.net or telephone 01924 215550.
‘Arts in Place’ is supported by Arts Council England ‘Grants for the Arts’.
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