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Light, Art, the Universe and Everything

13 November 2015, Gala Theatre, Durham, DH1 1WA

A one-day conference for the curious at Lumiere 2015 in Durham.

Hosted by Artichoke in association with Durham County Council, Light, Art, the Universe and Everything explored how light can change the world through science, the arts, spirituality and public space. The event brought together international experts and pioneers working across medicine, culture, technology, the environment, religion, architecture and education and took place as part of the fourth edition of Lumiere Durham, the UK's largest outdoor light festival, 12th-15th November 2015. 
Speakers included Sir Peter Bazalgette, chair of Arts Council England; Professor Carlos Frenk, Director of Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology; Deanna Van Buren, an activist artist and architect based in San Francisco; Munira Mirza, London’s Deputy Mayor for Education & Culture; and Richard Kirk, a medical pioneer whose company PolyPhotonix is developing a new light-based technology to treat eye disease. 

The conference programme was inspired by UNESCO’s International Year of Light, which championed the importance and potential of light throughout 2015.

Here's what people said about the Lumiere 2013 conference, which set the bar for a rich and vibrant conversation exploring the relationship between the arts and big business: 
“A hugely valuable, enjoyable and professionally run event. I was really impressed by the quality of the speakers and the opportunity to discuss the ideas raised by the speakers afterwards with the other delegates.” - Jeremy O’Sullivan, Cultural Attaché, European Commission Representation in the UK
"Two years later I can still remember how fantastic the Lumiere conference was in 2013. The speakers had fascinating career paths and opened my eyes to the power and impact of arts and culture in everyday life.” – Annelise Anderson, DARE Fundraising Fellow

Speakers include

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England

Professor Carlos Frenk, Director, Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology

Richard Kirk, Chief Executive, Polyphotonix

Adam Magyar, Photographer

Munira Mirza, London’s Deputy Mayor for Education & Culture

Casper ter Kuile, Non-profit campaigner and minister-in-training for non-religious people

Deanna Van Buren, Architect and Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellow

Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Astrophysicist and Principal of St John’s College, Durham University

Jean-François Zurawik, Director, Lyon's Fête des Lumières outdoor light festival

More to be announced

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Image of SOLAR EQUATION, an installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.