Published June 21, 2017 12.37pm
Five local artists will have their work shown at Lumiere in Durham in November as part of the BRILLIANT commissioning strand.
Lumiere is produced by Artichoke and commissioned by us, with additional support from Arts Council England, Durham University and a host of 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."
Our leader Cllr Simon Henig 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.
Originally from the North East, Emma now lives in Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District National Park. She is a full time paper artist who has exhibited her work throughout the UK and also teaches paper art workshops. The BRILLIANT selection panel was enchanted by Emma's winning idea to 'light up' some of the North East's most loved and recognizable landmarks by creating a miniature walk through map.
Australian-born History PhD student Finola Finn is in her third year at Durham University, researching melancholy in seventeenth-century England. She is interested in how people have made sense of emotions and mental illness in different times, cultures, and places. A first-time artist, she will use the media of light and sound to explore timeless issues inspired by history to invite the contemporary audience to consider where their sense of self may lie.
Aidan Moesby is an artist, curator and writer based in Gateshead, whose practice sits at the intersection of the visual arts, wellbeing and increasingly, technology. His current work is around the dual crisis in mental health and climate change and he describes himself as "obsessed by the weather". The selection panel were impressed by Aidan's proposal for Lumiere, which will develop and animate his work-in-progress into a large-scale interactive projection, inspired by the traditional Periodic Table of Elements, to explore the emotional wellbeing of Durham.
Chris Plant was born in Birmingham and moved to Durham when his partner wanted to return to her hometown. He first started playing with light and projection in the early 1990s starting with 35mm slide and 16mm film projectors picked up from carboot sales, before incorporating video and computer based animation, mostly working with live bands and in clubs. His winning idea for Lumiere will focus on the essentials of colour, sound, light and texture, to create a work that will be a meditation on how our senses connect together and how our brains piece together the world while creating a deeper perception of light and colour.
Amy-Rose Welch is currently a student at New College Durham completing a degree in Visual Arts. Originally from the Wirral, she moved to Durham nine years ago. She works in a variety of mediums such as print, painting and light art, in particular engraved Perspex. Amy-Rose's winning idea will be a visual response to Durham cathedral, which will reflect the history and beauty of the building and visually challenge the viewer, creating a sense of illusion as the piece is viewed from different angles.
In 2015, more than 200,000 people enjoyed the sights and sounds of the UK's largest light festival, as the city was transformed over four magical nights.
Visitors to Lumiere in 2017 will experience another unforgettable nocturnal event, with new commissions and artworks that will challenge perceptions of what can be achieved through the medium of light.
Lumiere Durham takes place from Thursday, 16 to Sunday, 19 November. Visit the Lumiere Festival website for more details.