Lumiere Light Festival

30 September 2015

Once again, the Lumiere Light Festival will be lighting up the City of Durham this year, from Thursday 12 November to Sunday 15 November.


For those of you who did not see the recent media coverage, our Committee Member and past Chair, Richard Hornby, an Educational Consultant and Private Tutor, and local Chester-le-Street based glass artist Alison Lowery submitted a joint entry as part of the "BRILLIANT" competition for local artists and won a much coveted commission for the festival.  Their work, entitled Rainbow River, commissioned by Artichoke for Lumiere Durham 2015, is intended to celebrate UNESCO'S Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.

Their installation has a strong physics element, using a triangular prism to disperse a spectrum of light across the River Wear.

This is the first time Richard and Alison have exhibited their artwork and they were delighted to be short listed, let alone included in the event, and are now both excited and nervous.  They hope that everyone who is able can come along, and enjoy the festival and give them their support.

The event, which is held over four days, will host 26 spectacular artworks which will light up the streets, gardens and surrounds of Durham City and has in the past proved to be a popular event.  Some of the artworks and installations we are promised include a 3D whale, a fog sculpture, a wave made from sea glass collected from the North Sea coast and a spectacular son-et-lumiere telling the story of cosmology.

Further details of the festival, including times and ticketing for peak periods, can be found by visiting the festival website,

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