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The UK’s largest light festival returned to its roots
Commissioned by Durham County Council.
Lumiere 2015, Durham - Highlights
An international array of artists lit up the city in spectacular and unexpected ways as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to enjoy the fourth Lumiere Durham light festival.
Lumiere Durham 2015 brought together local and international artists, arts professionals and visitors from far and wide.
Audiences braved the elements to see 29 extraordinary art installations spread across the city, including a whale in the River Wear, Fujiko Nakaya’s ghostly fog beneath the Cathedral, and a projected artwork by Spanish artist Daniel Canogar, which saw 250 locals appearing to storm the 50 metre-high arches of Durham Viaduct.
Inside Durham Cathedral, Miguel Chevalier projected his interactive artwork, Complex Meshes onto the famous vaulted ceiling.. Students from Durham Sixth Form Centre collaborated with Storybox to film local people talking about their most treasured object in Precious. The film was then projected onto storage containers stacked in the grounds of the college. In a quiet a residential street, a terraced house came to life with the projected stories of Durham residents and their homes.
This year’s BRILLIANT competition winners, local people who had applied with their ideas for an artwork, included Robyn Wright’s Neon Bikes and Victoria MacLeod’s popular Big Knitting, giant UV knitting needles and yarn.
An estimated 200,000 people visited the festival, making it the most popular yet.
1.26 Durham, Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman, Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews
Ruby | View Bio
DREAMERS | View Bio
Ross Ashton, John Del Nero, Isobel Waller-Bridge, Carlos Frenk and Richard Bower
The World Machine | View Bio
The Brick Box
Electric Fireside | View Bio
Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett
CLOUD | View Bio
Asalto Durham | View Bio
Complex Meshes 2015 | View Bio
Change Your Stripes | View Bio
Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman
1.26 Durham | View Bio
Helvetictoc | View Bio
Wheels of Industry | View Bio
Wave | View Bio
Alison Lowery & Richard Hornby
Rainbow River | View Bio
Big Knitting | View Bio
The Stars Beneath Our Feet | View Bio
Supercube | View Bio
DOT | View Bio
Fujiko Nakaya, Simon Corder
#03238 | View Bio
Fool's Paradise | View Bio
Porté par le vent
Les Luminéoles | View Bio
Beth J Ross
I Haven't Changed my Mind in a Thousand Years | View Bio
Shared Space & Light
Home Sweet Home | View Bio
Litre of Light | View Bio
Bernd Spiecker for LBO LichtBankObjekte
Lightbench | View Bio
Storybox & Durham Sixth Form Centre students
Precious | View Bio
Garden of Light | View Bio
Top’là Design / Catherine Garret
Mysticète | View Bio
The Red House | View Bio
Neon Bikes | View Bio
Ruby, Emma Allen, Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews
Inspired by the ancient art of storytelling, The Brickbox worked collaboratively with three local groups from County Durham to produce a series of unique shared events during Lumiere Durham 2015.
The Brickbox worked with communities in Dawdon, Spennymoor and Wingate, each group responded in a different way, sharing party games, memories and local traditions. Travelling to the festival in a specially decorated double decker bus, puppetry, dance and music brought these stories to life.
Underneath the Gates Shopping Centre, the loading bay was transformed with swirly carpets, armchairs and a glowing electric fire. Everyone was invited to take a seat, listen and join in as puppetry, dance and music brought these stories to life.
- Advanced Adhesives
- The Austain and Hope Pilkington Trust
- Corners Transport
- Devereux Transport and Distribution
- DDC Event Catering
- East Durham Creates
- Embajada de Espana en Londres
- Esh Charitable Trust
- Hadrian Trust
- H&H Land Property
- Mill Volvo
- MKM Building Supplies
- Pizza Express
- Suicide Safer Communities County Durham
- Sonnet 43
- Teikyo University of Japan in Durham
- Van Mildert College
- Workwear Express
- Barclays Durham