When: 16th – 19th November 2017
Where: Durham city centre
What is it?
This month, see Durham’s iconic landmarks, including the cathedral, castle and the historic Miners’ Hall at Redhills, transformed for Lumiere 2017.
The event will take place from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November, lighting up the city each evening from 4.30pm until 11pm.
This year’s event will include artists Pablo Valbuena, Hannah Fox and Shared Space and Light, who will respond to these unique locations with bold and captivating new work; created in collaboration with a broad range of local people, from Durham Cathedral’s bellringers to the hidden heroes of the public sector.
Pablo Valbuena will present Methods, a new work that will transform the interior and exterior of Durham’s cathedral. Methods is inspired by the 17th century art of change ringing, the form of ringing bells in a series of numerical sequences which creates striking tonal effects. This specially commissioned installation will visualise these patterns of change, ringing in light across the entire cathedral building, dividing the cathedral into ten segments; one for each bell.
The faces of local people, from all walks of life, are at the heart of a new work by British artist Hannah Fox. Our Moon will be projected onto the walls of Durham Castle, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Created with the participation of 66 people, aged from 5 to 78 and recruited by Durham Area Action Partnership, the whole spectrum of community will be represented from the young to the young at heart. The unique facial characteristics of these volunteers have been captured digitally and will inform and animate Fox’s delicate hand-drawn illustration, which will illuminate the castle over the four nights of the festival.
Common Good is a 3D video work that will put Durham’s public service sector workers on centre stage, revealing the inner life of the city, uncovering the stories, anecdotes and individuals who interact with us, the public, on a daily basis. Featuring cameos with 70 participants from fire fighters and refuse collectors, to teachers and police officers, the piece will be projected onto the facade of the historic Miners’ Hall at Redhills. The installation will celebrate the extraordinary work of these everyday heroes and draw attention to the wider impact of their work on the community at large.
Durham holds a unique place as the birthplace of Lumiere. Local people and communities have become central to the story of the festival, providing both the inspiration and context for many of the artworks. In 2015, more than 2000 local people, young people and children across the city and the region took part in learning and participation activities in the lead-up to and during the festival, through schools workshops, volunteering, and contributing to the creation of several artworks.
Lumiere is produced by arts charity Artichoke, a UK-based creative producer of art in the public realm, and is commissioned by Durham County Council, with additional support from Arts Council England and Durham University.
More info: www.lumiere-festival.com/durham-2017