Last month I was selected as one of the artists to develop work for Lumiere 2017 in Durham. Below is the press release.
Five local artists will have their work shown at Lumiere in Durham in November as part of the BRILLIANT commissioning strand. Lumiere produced by Artichoke and commissioned by Durham County Council, with additional support from Arts Council England, Durham University and a host further funders and supporters.
BRILLIANT offers opportunities for creative people who are based in, or originally from, Durham and the North East, to develop and produce their ideas for artworks using the medium of light to be showcased at the Lumiere festival.
The winning ideas were chosen from a record-breaking 125 proposals submitted following the open call for ideas earlier this year. The artists are all based in County Durham and the North East. The winning proposals are by Emma Boyes a paper artist living in Cumbria; Finola Finn, a graduate student at Durham University; Aidan Moesby a practising artist based in Gateshead; Chris Plant, a digital all-rounder based in Durham; and Amy- Rose Welch, a Visual Arts student at New College Durham.
The proposals were chosen following a rigorous selection process, the final stage of which involved site visits and interviews with each of the finalists. The successful proposals were selected on artistic merit, as well as how each would develop the skills of the artists involved. The BRILLIANT artists will have their work commissioned and showcased as part of Lumiere 2017 alongside a breathtaking array of light sculptures and installations by leading British and international artists.
Kate Harvey, Artichoke’s Senior Producer for Lumiere said: “Once again, the call out for BRILLIANT submissions generated a huge number of intriguing creative ideas and the Panel had to make some difficult choices. These five ideas really stood out and two themes emerged: one inspired by Durham’s iconic architecture and layout. And the other where the artists are exploring emotional wellbeing. We’re really excited about working with the artists to make their concepts reality.”
Simon Henig, Leader, Durham County Council said: “Transforming the creative and innovative ideas of some of our bright minds into illuminating visual art installations is just one of the many reasons Lumiere is so special.
“Through a wide range of outreach opportunities this truly world-class event helps to shine a light on inspirational individuals who help to make Durham a Place of Light.”
The BRILLIANT artists will spend the time from now until the festival developing their pieces, adapting their designs to fit available locations and physically testing and creating their ideas, working closely with Artichoke’s technical experts.