Gala Theatre, Durham


  • Stephanie Flanders (Chair)

    Economist, journalist and broadcaster, J.P. Morgan

  • Sir Peter Bazalgette

    Former Chair, Arts Council, England

  • Elettra Bordonaro

    Co-Founder, Light Follows Behaviour & Social Light Movement

  • Rosie Boycott

    Writer and Broadcaster

  • Daniel Canogar

    Visual Artist

  • Illac Diaz

    Founder, MyShelter Foundation

  • Adam Finlay

    Studio Director, NOVAK

  • Professor Carlos Frenk

    Director, Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University

  • Richard Kirk

    Chief Executive, Polyphotonix

  • Helen Marriage

    Director, Artichoke

  • Munira Mirza

    Deputy Mayor for Education & Culture of London

  • Dr Jim Olson

    Brain cancer researcher and paediatric oncologist

  • Thabang Skwambane

    Managing Director, FCB Joburg

  • Casper ter Kuile

    Minister in training for non-religious people Divinity School, Harvard University

  • Deanna Van Buren

    Architect and Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellow

  • Revd Professor David Wilkinson

    Principal, St John’s College, Durham University

  • Jean-François Zurawik

    Director, Fête Des Lumières

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A one-day conference for the curious, part of Lumiere Durham 2015.

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 conference programme was inspired by UNESCO’s International Year of Light, which championed the importance and potential of light throughout 2015. Light, Art, the Universe and Everything brought together local, national and international experts and pioneers working across medicine, culture, technology, the environment, religion, architecture and education.

Delegates came from across the UK and beyond to hear how the speakers are changing people’s lives: from revolutionising medicine and bringing light to communities without electricity, to transforming the places we live with amazing art installations and ground-breaking building design.

Supported by Durham County Council and UNESCO

Architect Deanna Van Buren is the Founding Partner of Oakland's radical 'Designing Justice + Designing Spaces' project, where she works to create innovative and alternative spaces for restorative justice.