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.