Latest news from the South Coast: Lewes Light is a matter of DAYS away and it’s all getting very exciting. In the run-up to the launch on Friday 28 February, this is what we hear:
Moonlight & Water: Artists & Designers
We are nearly ready to go and it’s time to introduce our artists and designers. This year we have lots of new contributors and a few returning from previous years. Our creative team come from a range of backgrounds which guarantees an eclectic mix of exciting, beautiful and thought provoking installations. Architectural and stage lighting designers, visual, digital and community artists, sculptors, photographers, poets, graphic designers & graphic artists. But one thing they all have in common is a tremendous portfolio of acclaimed work in the UK and internationally.
Martina graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Italy and worked as a lighting design technician within theatres in the Far East and Australia. She moved from the ephemeral world of theatre, to the more perpetual realm of architectural lighting design, following a Masters in Lighting Design and LED Technology at Politecnico in Milan. Since 2017, Martina has worked at the award-winning lighting consultancy Nulty, designing creative lighting solutions for hospitality, commercial, retail, exhibition and public realm projects. The project will be supported by Deborah Melton, a student at Bartlett who is completing an MSc in Light and Lighting.
Jeanne Blissett-Robertson explores the collision of different scales and how to explore this idea through multiple mediums. Blissett-Robertson experiments with hand-crafted and digital techniques such as print, projection, casting and ceramics, as well as how these processes can sit together in large-scale installations. Intrinsic in her work is the idea to heighten our awareness of the many processes and events that co-exist around us – which operate at different scales, in order to re-adjust our anthropocentric focus. Forms take inspiration from a variety of sources such as, geological renderings, microscopic imagery, architectural design, functional objects and natural environments.
Matthew is a multi-award winning lighting designer, light and laser artist. who has worked extensively internationally on leading edge light production, from film through to commercials and SLFX, his early career saw him bring to light the Chemical Brothers.
Matthew is working in collaboration with Miranda Davis.
Kate Chapman is a Brighton based Fine Artist who works with photography, film, movement, and collage. Her work predominantly uses light and reflection to explore the connection we have with ourselves as well as the natural world. She is particularly fascinated by the unseen magic that exists in the mundane everyday life.
Miranda creates cutting edge multi-lands of art, transmedia, place-making & moving image. Together, they share a unique and immersive artistic scope and a deeply poetic approach to highly technical, original visions. Miranda is working in collaboration with Matthew Button.
Luke is a lighting designer leading a team from Lighting Consultancy Studio Fractal. Luke and Fractal last visited the festival in 2017 with the extremely popular installation inspired by harpsichords.
This voluntary after school group emerged from the Coastal Communities 2150 project and they named themselves The Linklater RATS, Raising Awareness of Tides and Sea levels. The group is dedicated to raising the awareness of the present issue of flooding, which is an important issue for Lewes, the Ouse Valley and many other parts of the UK. This project is hoping to run for the next 150 years with one set of young people ‘passing the baton’ to the next. In this time, it aims to progress young people’s understanding of flooding and sea level rise through meeting with experienced professionals, recording information and experimenting with new ideas.
Michelle Dufaur is the Community Artist of LewesLight, artist and sculptor Michelle works extensively with Same Sky and is the lead artist for Wakehurst’s wonderful Glow Wild.
Gallit Shaltiel and Catherine Grimaldi are a dynamic duo of creative explorers with a wealth of community arts experience between them. Gallit Shaltiel is an artist and illustrator, working in drawing and paper cut. She teaches part time at a college as well as running workshops. Catherine Grimaldi is an artist and children’s book illustrator working in textiles, paper and paint. She also works as a freelance Atelierista following the Reggio Emilia approach to child led projects.
“Sculpting is my passion, creating is my life, a compulsive whittler, I love to delve into things, explore, play, and along the way discover a variety of ways to express myself, as well as enabling others through an assortment of workshops, to create and air their own voice.”
Mick is a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton School of Art a graphic designer and film-maker. He has made art documentaries for broadcast television as well as working in community arts and education projects.
Ruth Kerr & The Paddock Singers
“The Paddock Singers is a women’s chamber choir based in Lewes, directed by Ruth Kerr. We perform an eclectic mix of repertoire to a high standard, with an emphasis very much on the enjoyment and celebration of music. Recent performances have included a semi-staged arrangement of Gluck’s opera Orfeo, a sell-out concert of songs by women composers and songwriters, and a “gig” in which we were backing singers for a soul music band! This is our second collaboration with Lewes Light, and it’s great to be involved again with such an innovative and memorable creative event in our home town.
“I’m an artist based in Lewes, UK. I studied photography at UCA, Farnham and the RCA, London, primarily working between documentary and constructed imagery. Before my studies in photography I was a graphic designer and my current experiments with painting combine a return to graphic forms with a delight in colour and playful subjects.” Maggie is working in a collaboration with final year Brighton Art Student Emily Lowry.
Tim Minter is a Brighton based electronic artist working at the intersection of whimsical art and product design. He designs and hand builds one off and short run pieces often based around light and motion. He finds beauty in the connected world, the data it generates and attempts to harness that, show it, and react to it, in his pieces.
Arjun Mistry is a lighting designer and student at UCL. He takes inspiration from nature, the great architects of the 21st century and most importantly his hometown Crawley.
Grace Nichols has written widely for both adults and children. Among her awards, are The 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize for her first collection, ‘I is a long-memoried Woman’ , the Guyana Poetry Prize for ‘Sunris’ and the 2001 Cholmondeley Award. She was poet-in-residence at the Tate Gallery, London which inspired her collection; Picasso, I Want My Face Back. She is among the poets whose work is on the current GCSE syllabus. A new collection, Passport To Here and There, is due out by Bloodaxe shortly.
Grace Nichols will premier a new poem within one of our installations working with designer Sunny Sribanditmongkol exploring the moon and the sea.
Lighting designer Lee Painter is leading a team from the multidisciplinary design practice BDP who join us for the first time
Graphic artist and animator collaborates with the Linklater RATS and Michelle Dufaur with some exciting animations.
Shadow Cabinet – Hannah Hill & Charlotte Oliver
Charlotte and Hannah met at the Brighton School of Puppetry and are based in East Sussex. Their rich backgrounds in puppetry, art, performance, music and workshop leading combine to bring you exciting and beautiful shadow puppet shows and puppet making workshops for people of all ages ,including people with disabilities.
Heather Shann began writing poetry last year, drawing inspiration from the natural world. She hopes to stimulate an awakening and call to action in light of the current climate crisis. Heather is drawn to small detail and attempts to capture something of what she observes through her writing. Heather teaches part time in a special needs school and works part time for an arts charity. She loves to sing and is also involved in a performance as part of Brighton Fringe this year.
Brighton based lighting designer Eleni returns to LewesLight for the third time.
“Light Festivals are a particular passion of Eleni’s. Light can be an incredibly creative medium, and Light Festivals throughout the world are a great source of inspiration for Eleni and her work, offering an experimental playground to see how far lighting design can be taken.”
Sunny is a lighting designer at Studio 29 having worked on a wide range of high-profiled projects in central London including Liberty London, Coal Drops Yard, Ilona Rose House, Kingly Street, Princes Arcade and St James’s Market. Her works focuses on using light as a medium to encourage human emotion and create an experience within the space. Originally an oilfield engineer, Sunny came to London to pursue her passion for lighting and graduated from The Bartlett, University College London in MSc Light and Lighting. In 2018 she was shortlisted for SLL Young Lighter of the Year.
Coming from Indonesia where the sun shines brightly through the year, Margareth has always been fascinated by how light and shadow shapes architecture. She took a Masters in Light & Lighting at the Bartlett University College London and since joining Studio 29, Margareth has worked on a wide range of projects, including multiple lighting installation that have been shortlisted for Lighting Awards. Margareth returns to LewesLight for the third time.
Karen Van Creveld
Lighting designer Karen has been involved with LewesLight since 2015. She returns to help this year taking time out from studying for her Phd at UCL.
We have also been joined by students from Brighton University School of Art, Guildford School of Acting, Rose Bruford College and UCL who have been part of the creative team.
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LewesLight is better funded than ever before but we still rely on the good will of our professional team and supporters to make it happen. We are still short of funds to deliver everything we would like please help us with a donation small or large on our crowd funding site and spread the word like us on social media, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and share the link;