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Lumiere comes to Leake Street!

Further to the announcement earlier this year that Lumiere London, the UK’s largest light festival, will be returning to the city in January 2018, 10 more artworks and their locations have just been revealed, including our very own piece on Leake Street!

Commissioned by the Mayor of London, and produced by arts charity Artichoke, Lumiere London is the capital’s largest art event. Taking place from 18 th to 21 st January, the event is free to attend.

Following the spectacular success of the first Lumiere London in January 2016, which saw 1.3 million visits over the four nights and a visitor spend of £22m during what is traditionally one of the quietest times of the year, the nocturnal festival is designed to lift the spirits in the darkest days of winter and show the city in a new light.

In 2018, more than 40 artworks made using the medium of light, will explore the city’s most iconic buildings, landscape and architecture. The festival features artists from across the UK, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Canada amongst others.

Bigger, brighter and bolder, the second edition of Lumiere London extends from North to South across the River Thames through six areas: King’s Cross, Fitzrovia, London’s West End (including Carnaby, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, St James’s and St James’s Market), Mayfair, Westminster & Victoria, and Southbank & Waterloo.

Here on Leake Street, we will be welcoming Ruby, Santiago and Grey Matters; three works by multidisciplinary artist, Emma Allen. Based between Sri Lanka and London, Emma uses her own face as a living canvas to explore ideas of rebirth and renewal. Through 750 photographs Ruby sees her painted face transform from a skull into a sky full of shooting stars, while Santiago traces the history of humankind mapped out from the single cell origin of life to a digitally enhanced and technologically defined future. Grey Matters is a new work that seeks to remove the social stigma accompanying mental health issues by creating artistic impressions of the underlying biological processes of depression.

A few other highlights across the rest of London include: The Light Of The Spirit by Patrice Warrener (France) at Westminster Abbey: French digital artist Patrice Warrener returns to present the second instalment of  The Light of The Spirit for Westminster Abbey, one of the most popular installations  at Lumiere London in 2016. Building upon this 2016 commission to articulate  elements on the West Front, which gave the impression of a painted facade, for  2018 Warrener will incorporate more of this landmark building, illuminating the  sculptural details in his distinctive polychromatic style.

Aether by Architecture Social Club (UK) at the West Handyside Canopy, King’s  Cross: The British collective of designers, architects, technicians and poets,  Architecture Social Club, will present an emotive and powerful audio-visual work for  the festival entitledAether.

Its glittering mass grows, rolls and splinters in reaction to  the soundscape created by music producer, Max Cooper. Connecting light and  sound to the emotions of viewers and playing on our intrinsic and emotional  2 relationship with form, colour and sound, Aether accentuates our connections with  the physical, engulfing the viewer in a rich, sensory experience.

OSC-L by Ulf Langheinrich (Germany) at The National Theatre: Digital artist, Ulf  Langheinrich will present OSC-L for Lumiere London 2018. The projected work will  transform the National Theatre fly tower into a glowing monument that will stand out  as a transcendent beacon along South Bank’s skyline. Designed to react with the brutalist design of Denys Lasdun’s building, OSC-L will both animate and liquify the appearance of the hard concrete shape of the National Theatre.

Bough 3 by Simon Corder (UK), 17-22 South Audley Street, Mayfair: Bough 3 is a new commission for Lumiere London by British artist and lighting designer, Simon  Corder. Vivid tubes of fluorescent light will grow up the façade of this significant Mayfair building, climbing like ivy up the wall, over and around the ornate  decorations in the brickwork, bathing the surrounding site in a soft blue light. Bough  3 will be the third in a series of Bough projects by Corder, previously installed in  Glasgow and at Oxo Tower Wharf.

Artichoke is working with Team London, the Mayor’s volunteering programme for London, to recruit around 300 volunteers from across the capital to help make the festival a success. From sharing knowledge of the city and recommending places to eat and drink, to helping audiences discover more about the artworks, sign up here.

Helen Marriage, Artichoke CEO and Lumiere London Artistic Director, said: “It’s exciting and unusual to be working at this scale and Lumiere London is more than a light festival. It’s an exploration of the city by artists and audiences that transforms our public spaces from King’s Cross to the Southbank via London’s West End, Mayfair, Victoria and Waterloo. From the playful to the thought-provoking, the artistic programme will present our city to the world as a public gallery without walls. Ben Stephenson CEO of WeAreWaterloo said: “We are delighted to host some spectacular Lumiere installations in the South Bank and Waterloo, including Emma Allen’s work in Leake Street under Waterloo Station.  The ever-changing street art in the tunnel provides the perfect backdrop for Emma’s stunning animated portraits, and is a great place to start or end your Lumiere journey. Duko Frankhuizen, Development Manager at LCR said: “LCR is delighted to support Lumiere arriving south of the river for the first time, with Emma Allen’s inspirational work set to add another layer to Leake Street’s constantly evolving walls”

Take a look at the below video to get a feel of what is to come!


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