Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Lumiere in Durham 12 - 15 Nov 2009

Last week I travelled to Durham to attend Lumiere - four magical winter evenings celebrating light, organised by arts events company Artichoke in partnership with SkyArts. It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the artworks and apparently over 75,000 people attended the event in total. It was pouring with rain on Friday night when I was there but that didn't seem to put anyone off.

There were over 20 artworks on display around the city. The biggest that I saw was a massive light projection show on the Cathedral called Crown of Light by projection artist Ross Ashton. It was inspired the history of Christianity in the North East and based on visual material drawn from inside the Cathedral and the Lindisfarne Gospels.

There were also some great smaller installations such as Dress (for five people)by Korean artist Tae Gon Kim, a beautiful dress made of fibre optic cables on display in a vacant shop window.

Seeing the possibilities has really spurred me on to press ahead with plans for our Bath Festival of Illumination in Nov 2010.