The full programme and locations for Lumiere London 2018 have been announced today, Tuesday 9th January, with more than 50 artworks by UK and international artists set to transform the capital’s streets, buildings and public spaces into an extraordinary and immersive nocturnal art exhibition of light and sound.
Newly announced works include Tracey Emin’s poignant neon work, Be Faithful to Your Dreams, at St James’s Churchyard on Piccadilly in St James’s. Also in St James’s, artist Alaa Minawi, pays tribute to Syrian refugees with My Light is Your Light. At King's Cross, Entre les Rangs by Rami Bebawi and Kanva, invites visitors to walk through a shimmering field of illuminated reflective flower stems and Lampounette by French artistic studio TILT will provide a surreal take on the area’s business environment paying homage to the iconic office desk lamp, but in giant size.
Tiny sparks of light will flicker throughout Mount Street Gardens, like shooting stars across a midnight sky in sound and light work by Atsara. In Fitzrovia, CONTROL NO CONTROL, an interactive LED sculpture will captivate audiences and at Westminster Cathedral Piazza, Victoria, audiences can view a rose window with a difference, made from thousands of recycled plastic bottles and lit by the pedalling of stationary bicycles. Close by in Trafalgar Square a canopy of luminous spheres will sail above the audiences, filling the Square with light.
A psychedelic new commission by Miguel Chevalier suspended above the pedestrianised Oxford Circus will respond to movements of the viewers below. Along South Bank, The Wave by Vertigo consisting of forty triangular and interactive glowing gates will create a beacon of light along the river, while artist David Ward will illuminate the Rambert Building with the Rambert’s company of international dancers.
Produced by arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by the Mayor of London, the four-night festival is completely free to attend. Following the success of the first Lumiere London in January 2016, this second edition extends from North to South across six city destinations: London’s West End, King’s Cross, Mayfair, Fitzrovia, Westminster & Victoria, and South Bank & Waterloo.
Lumiere London is the capital’s largest art event and receives major support from London & Partners, London’s West End, King’s Cross and Bloomberg Philanthropies with additional support provided by a host of partners and funders including Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Wellcome, The Fitzrovia Partnership and the Victoria, South Bank and Waterloo BIDs, as well as Cain International, Marriott and Universal Music.
As in 2016, audiences will be able to enjoy pedestrianised streets and experience London as an open-air gallery without walls. With more than 50 artworks featuring across the capital, visitors are encouraged to plan their route and enjoy the festival over a number of nights.
A full colour printed programme complete with a festival map and individual destination maps is available for advance purchase via Visitlondon.com/lumiere and from festival sales points during the event. A downloadable guide with map will also be for sale. There are easy walking routes between many of the locations and plenty of opportunities to stay and linger over a drink or a meal at the many venues and attractions along the way. The Visit London App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play to help navigate around the festival destinations.
Artichoke is working with Team London, the Mayor’s volunteering programme for London, to recruit over 200 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, this week is the last chance to sign up here: http://volunteerteam.london.gov.uk
LUMIERE LONDON 2018 FULL PROGRAMME:
LONDON’S WEST END
Including Carnaby, Chinatown London, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, St James’s, St James’s Square, St James’s Market and Seven Dials.
● Be Faithful to Your Dreams by Tracey Emin (UK), St James’s Church, Piccadilly: Be Faithful to Your Dreams uses Emin’s own handwritten text, the message of which takes inspiration from her own life, and following the curves of pen marks on paper, blows and bends it into neon tubing which will glow a fluorescent blue.
● My Light is Your Light by Alaa Minawi, (Palestine/Lebanon), St James's Churchyard (viewed from Church Place): This installation pays tribute to Syrian refugees and the terrible conditions they have experienced in their migrations across the world. The work was realised after Alaa Minawi worked for three years as an interpreter for Syrian, Iraqi, Sudanese and Somali refugees. Also see Suspended, an installation artwork by Arabella Dorman inside St James's Church Piccadilly.
● Shaida Walking. 2015 by Julian Opie (UK), Broadwick Street, Carnaby: Recognised across the globe for his iconic style, Julian Opie created this new, permanent public work that premiered at Lumiere London
2016. Shaida Walking. 2015 takes pride of place amongst the bustling streets of the vibrant area of Carnaby.
● The Plug and Bulbs by James Glancy Design (UK), Ganton Street, Carnaby: The Plug and Bulbs are two of the permanent art and design installations amongst the 14 streets of Carnaby, created by James Glancy. These playful installations have a specially developed light show for the festival in Ganton street.
● Origin of the World Bubble 2018 by Miguel Chevalier (France), software by Cyrille Henry, Oxford Circus: Inspired by the world of micro-biology and the constant movement and division of cells, Miguel Chevalier creates a new kind of “technological baroque” of ever-changing universes, where organic and pixelated images mingle, change shape, speed up and slow down. Suspended above the pedestrianised Oxford Circus, the work will respond to the movements of the viewer below, transforming from black and white to vivid, colour-saturated visual experiences reminiscent of op-art and 1970s psychedelia.
● Aquarium by Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille (France), Earlham Street, Seven Dials: In a world where everyone has a mobile phone, the iconic red telephone box has become a reminder of the past. This playful installation repurposes the famed London telephone box, transforming it into an aquarium full of exotic fish in the heart of the Seven Dials.
● Harmonic Portal by Chris Plant (UK), St James’s Church, Jermyn Street: A soothing meditation connecting colour, sound, light and texture through a new work that seeks to piece together our fragmented world.
● Spectral by Katarzyna Malejka & Joachim Sługocki (Poland), St James’s Square: A colourful cord construction, which is illuminated by night to create a striking spectacle, Spectral is a powerfully poetic installation where natural and constructed elements combine.
● Reflektor by Studio Roso (UK/Denmark), St James’s Market: Fusing architecture, art and design, Studio Roso make work that radiates the ephemeral nature of our environment. Reflektor’s fractured surface disturbs light, casting intriguing patterns of light and shadow onto surrounding buildings and streets below.
● Frictions by Mader Wiermann (Germany), 103 Regent Street: This new commission from the architectural duo, who have worked together across the world since 2014, celebrates the architecture of the building through geometrics. As the piece moves on, the building itself appears to twist and buckle before returning to its original shape. Music composed by Dave Dinger. Sponsored by Great Portland Estates.
● Love Motion by Rhys Coren (UK), Royal Academy of Arts Courtyard, Piccadilly: The iconic art institution on Piccadilly will become the canvas for a brand new installation specially commissioned in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts and created by postgraduate student Rhys Coren. Inspired by the flowing lyrical movements of Matisse’s dancing figures, Coren has created an animation of two intricately paper-cut figures who will dance elegantly across the building’s stone facade. Accompanied by a moving original soundtrack Love Motion will present a joyful burst of simple pleasure on a winter's night.
● Voyage by Camille Gross & Leslie Epzstein (France), Hotel Café Royal, (viewed from Piccadilly Circus): Voyage explores our physical journey through time and space. The work has a station clock at its centre, which revolves through days and years, hours and minutes. As the hands of the clock swing around, they mark our changing world through the Belle Epoque and the Industrial Revolution, to the frantic speed of our travel through to the present day.
● Nightlife by the Lantern Company with Jo Pocock (UK), Leicester Square Gardens: See Leicester Square Gardens turned into an illuminated wonderland, bringing idyll into the heart of the city. This luminous secret garden plays with the relationship between wild spaces and urban city life, as this busy area is transformed into a space for quiet reflection and a gathering place to celebrate the natural world.
● Flamingo Flyway by the Lantern Company with Jo Pocock (UK), Chinatown London: Another work created by the ever-imaginative Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company, these extraordinary flame-coloured birds will waft serenely amongst the crowds in Chinatown London in the heart of London’s West End.
● Supercube by Stéphane Masson (France), St James’s Market: French artist Stéphane Masson has been hijacking everyday objects for art projects since 2004, devoting his practice to making the familiar unfamiliar. For Supercube, Masson will transform 450 ordinary Kilner jars into a magical multi-screen cube full of surprises. A miniature giraffe, a pink elephant or a miniature version of yourself are just some of the many small moving images that can be found when you peer inside.
● DOT by Philippe Morvan (France), Four Pancras Square: An enormous bank of lightbulbs will pulse, flash and beam across Four Pancras Square. The 175 light bulbs respond to a soundtrack composed especially for Lumiere London by Solomon Grey. Alongside the music, patterns start to appear – an ever-changing panorama of horizontal and vertical lines, spheres and cubes. Sponsored by Universal Music.
● Lampounette by TILT (France), King's Boulevard: TILT provide a surreal take on the area’s business environment with Lampounette, which pays homage to the iconic office desk lamp, but in giant size. The French artistic studio, which created the Leicester Square installation for Lumiere London 2016, focuses on the exploration of light and its interplay with art, architecture and space.
● Guardian Angels by Maro Avrabou & Dimitri Xenaki (Greece), Gasholder no 8: This collection of plastic watering cans will be suspended in mid-air. Appearing white by day, at night, they’ll come to life and pour out a fibre optic ‘water’ on the grass below. Guardian Angels highlights the importance of nature preservation and is an indirect tribute to gardeners.
● Upperground by Maya Mouawad & Cyril Laurier (France), King’s Cross Tunnel: Upperground will bring the natural world into a man-made environment. Electric lights placed in the tunnel are connected to the nearest natural park, where the wind, as it blows across the landscape triggers the lights within the tunnel in real time, creating a visual link between the park and the earth below.
● IFO (Identified Flying Object) by Jacques Rival (France), Battle Bridge Place: Created by French artist and architect Jacques Rival. By day, this giant ‘birdcage’ frames the daily theatre of the street, while at night it morphs into a luminous rainbow of colour, re-emitting the energy it accumulated during the day.
● Deconstructing the Domestic by Nathaniel Rackowe (UK), Universal Building Virtrines, Good Way: Nathaniel Rackowe’s latest work combines materials and structures that originate from the urban environment and domestic situations. Pulled apart and combined with light, they search for a new aesthetic, forcing us to reconsider the resonances they contain.
● Grabber by Mader Wiermann (Germany), Coal Drops Yard: London is filled with construction work and cranes, constantly building and developing the city. Mader Wiermann’s Grabber is a computer simulated version of architectural creation. This projection focuses on the materials and methods of fabrication. Supported by Bam Construction.
● Entre les Rangs by Rami Bebawi / KANVA (Canada), Lewis Cubitt Park: Filling King's Cross with thousands of illuminated flower-like reflectors, Entre les Rangs is a tribute to fields of wheat that shimmer in the wind as the seasons pass. Visitors can experience a sensory stroll around this unusual field. Created and produced with the support of Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal. With additional support from High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom, Creative Barking and Dagenham and Hammerson.
● Aether by Architecture Social Club (UK) & Max Cooper (UK), West Handyside Canopy: British collective of designers, architects, technicians and poets, Architecture Social Club, will present an emotive and powerful audio-visual work entitled Aether. 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 relationship with form, colour and sound, Aether accentuates our connections with the physical, engulfing the viewer in a rich, sensory experience.
● Waterlicht by Daan Roosegaarde (Netherlands), Granary Square: Inspired by our changing relationship to water and the risk of global warming and rising sea levels. Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde will transform Granary Square into an ethereal dream-like landscape. Waterlicht underlines the power and poetry of water, enveloping viewers in a virtual flood whilst contemplating its potential for the future. For a fully immersive experience the public are encouraged to use their mobile devices and headphones to tune into the accompanying soundtrack. With additional support from The Royal Netherlands Embassy.
● Impulse by Lateral Office & CS Design (Canada), South Molton Street: Co-created by Canadian design practices, Lateral Office and CS Design, Impulse is a field of illuminated interactive seesaws that invite the public to find their inner-child and play in an urban, public space. The more they move, the more light and sound is produced, to create a kinetic and dynamic experience that is different for each user. Sponsored by Regent Street Association, with additional support from High Commission of Canada in the UK.
● Neon Bikes, Robyn Wright, Brown Hart Gardens (Upper Level): Made from neon flex attached to a custom-made frame, the pieces will take up the space normally filled by its functional counterpart. Neon Bikes encourage us to reflect on the joy of cycling: a simple invention that has come to offer a sustainable and indispensable way of getting around for millions across the globe. Supported by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
● Northern Lights by Aleksandra Stratimirovic (Sweden), Grosvenor Square: Inspired by the enthralling experience of viewing the elusive aurora borealis, Swedish artist Aleksandra Stratimirovic will recreate this spectacular and poetic natural light phenomenon in Grosvenor Square. Passers-by will be able to experience the wonder and magic of the shimmering northern lights in a city and a place where they would never naturally appear. Supported by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
● [M]ondes by Atsara (France), Mount Street Gardens: Tiny sparks of light will flicker throughout Mount Street Gardens, like shooting stars across a midnight sky. Out of the darkness, sparks of light will appear and then vanish, creating a mesmerising choreography with a magical and hypnotic power. Cycles of sound build, will be suspended in silence and then fade away. Supported by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
● Bough 3 by Simon Corder (UK), 17-22 South Audley Street: 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 is third in a series, you can see the newly restored Bough 1 as part of the festival at Oxo Tower Wharf in London. Sponsored by Cain International.
● Was That A Dream? by Cédric Le Borgne (France), Berkeley Square: Inspired by the 1939 song, a single light sculpture of a bird will shine against the night sky, perched upon a bare winter branch in this famous Mayfair square, between dream and reality. Sponsored by Astrea Asset Management.
● Lightbench by Bernd Spiecker for LBO LichtBankObjekte (Germany), Weighhouse Street: Lightbench is a unique resting point that transforms the concept of public seating. Lit by hundreds of LEDs, these luminous benches return as permanent street furniture to allow visitors to take the weight off your feet and strike up a conversation with a stranger. Supported by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
● Illumaphonium by Michael Davis (UK), Mount Street: Activated by touch, 100 illuminated bars make this musical sculpture sing. A multi-sensory installation with ever-changing patterns of light and sound. Supported by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
● Droplets by Ulf Pedersen (UK), Fitzroy Place: Pedersen’s captivating installation is made up of six animated water droplets in Fitzrovia’s Fitzroy Place, each tuned to a different note. Originally commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the MAC in Birmingham, this subtle installation has a mostly random pattern of sounds, with the occasional melodic element coming into play.
● CONTROL NO CONTROL by Daniel Iregui (Canada / Columbia), Whitfield Gardens: This interactive LED sculpture uses five different states of sound and visual form, each exploring different geometry and pattern. Audiences can use their bodies to manipulate the graphics of the piece creating a series of shapes. With additional support from High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom.
● A-BIT IMMERSIVE by Imagination (UK), Imagination Building, Store Street: Imagination will transform the façade of the company’s distinctive building with a work that allows audiences to explore the nooks and crannies of its architecture with their own physical movement. A wave or a jump down below will see effects translated into spectacular lighting effects above. In an age increasingly dominated by isolated screen-based activity, Imagination take the newest digital technology and invite us all to share in a collective creative act.
● Cosmoscope by Simeon Nelson (UK), Store Street: A team of artists and scientists led by Simeon Nelson and including academics from UCL, University of Oxford and Durham University are behind this bold new commission supported by Wellcome. Taking inspiration from science, from the microscopic cell to the beating of the human heart and through to the rhythm of the cosmos, Cosmoscope is accompanied by a stunning soundscape. Check visitlondon.com/lumiere for times of guided visits with the artists.
WESTMINSTER & VICTORIA
● The Rose by Mick Stephenson with Electric Pedals (UK), Westminster Cathedral Piazza: A rose window with a difference, this work is made from thousands of recycled plastic bottles transformed into beautiful illuminated art, lit by the power produced by members of the public pedalling on stationary bicycles.
● The Light of the Spirit Chapter 2 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. 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.
● Echelle by Ron Haselden (France / UK), St Martin-in-the-Fields: In a quiet corner of the bustling city, a pink neon ladder shines brightly, offering a fantasy escape route. Dreamlike, it disappears into the ether above like a glowing stairway to heaven. Supported by The Baring Foundation.
● Asalto London by Daniel Canogar (Spain), Westminster City Hall (viewed from Wilcox Place): An extraordinary sight, Asalto London is part-public intervention and part-video installation by Spanish artist Daniel Canogar who specialises in site-specific public art projects. The old Westminster City Hall will be “invaded” by Westminster residents and workers as they appear to slowly ‘climb’ up the building one after the other and eventually reach the top.
● Child Hood by Collectif Coin (France), Trafalgar Square: Child Hood is composed of a canopy of luminous spheres, that sail above the audience. A minimal but monumental kinetic artwork, it will fill Trafalgar Square with light. Watch as the wind moves through the installation. Coproduced by La Casemate and sponsored by Zumtobel Group.
SOUTH BANK & WATERLOO
● The Light on Their Feet: Footfalls for Rambert by David Ward (UK), Rambert Building: Inspired by one of Edgar Degas’ sculptures of a dancer, Artist David Ward has photographed the soles of the feet of each of Rambert’s company of international dancers for this artwork on the South Bank. The photographs form the basis of a series of images that fade slowly into visibility and then out as they ‘dance’ across Rambert’s RIBA-award winning building.
● The Wave by Vertigo (Denmark), Riverside Walkway: Consisting of forty triangular and glowing sound gates standing over three metres tall and creating a path of over 80 metres long, The Wave
will become a beacon of light along South Bank. Audiences will co-create the experience as the gates respond to movements both sonically and visually, constantly changing across four nights. Sponsored by Canon.
● Thames Pulse by Jason Bruges (UK), Mondrian Hotel: Thames Pulse reflects the river’s health, in real time, on the iconic Sea Containers building on the South Bank. The lighting project was devised the to help raise awareness about the condition of the Thames and to support Thames21 in its mission to protect it and other London rivers. Jason Bruges Studio was enlisted to create a dynamic artwork for the façade of the Mondrian Hotel that represents the water quality. Data from the Thames is read daily to monitor the condition of the river in central London and this will inform the visualisations displayed on the river-facing façade. Sponsored by Mondrian Hotel London.
● Bough 1 by Simon Corder (UK), Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf: Vivid tubes of fluorescent light grow up the facade of Oxo Tower Wharf, climbing like ivy. Bough 1 is the first in a series of projects by Corder, with others installed in Mayfair as part of Lumiere London 2018 and in Glasgow. With additional support from Coin Street Community Builders.
● Sixty Minute Spectrum (2017) by David Batchelor (UK), Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre: This colourful new commission transforms the newly restored Hayward Gallery roof into a chromatic clock. Flooded with dramatic colour, the gallery’s unique pyramid rooflights move gradually through the entire visible chromatic spectrum every 60 minutes. The work is part of Batchelor’s ongoing exploration of the intense, synthetic colour that characterises modern cities, and the ways in which we respond to colour in our advanced technological age. Celebrating and illuminating the iconic architecture of Hayward Gallery, this ambitious commission also provides a countdown to the reopening of the building later this month.
● Raspberry Ripple by Tony Heaton (UK), Southbank Centre: Projected in pink neon and in playful typescript, Raspberry Ripple can be superficially read as a fun image. However, the work by sculptor and performance artist, Tony Heaton, renowned for weaving disability issues into his work, has hidden depths and may also be seen as subversive and political.
● Eye Love London, Coca-Cola London Eye: The UK’s number one visitor attraction for over a decade, see this iconic structure light up the South Bank with a striking dynamic display, custom-designed for Lumiere London.
● OSC-L by Ulf Langheinrich (Germany), National Theatre Flytower: 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.
● Ruby, Santiago by Emma Allen (UK) and Adam: Grey Matters by Emma Allen and Daisy Thompson-Lake (UK), triptych of work in Leake Street, underneath Waterloo Station: Emma Allen, a multidisciplinary artist based between Sri Lanka and London, 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. Adam: Grey Matters is a new animated portrait that seeks to remove the social stigma accompanying mental health issues by creating artistic impressions of the underlying neurobiological processes of depression. Sponsored by LCR and We Are Waterloo.
ACROSS VARIOUS LOCATIONS:
● The Umbrella Project by Cirque Bijou (UK), Mayfair, Regent Street, Piccadilly, Fitzrovia and Victoria, with a special rehearsal performance at Bloomberg Arcade in the City on Wednesday 17th January: The Umbrella Project is a choreographed performance piece using LED umbrellas. Bristol-based Cirque Bijou will work with community groups in Redbridge, Greenwich, Lambeth and Waltham Forest through a series of choreography and performance workshops to create glowingly beautiful artworks that will pop-up along Piccadilly, Regent Street, Mayfair, Fitzrovia and Victoria.
● Bottle Festoon (UK) across various locations: Installations of chandeliers made from recycled plastic bottles, with the participation of community groups from the London Boroughs of Greenwich, Lambeth, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, also supported by Veolia and the Croydon Partnership (Hammerson and Westfield) and exhibited in locations in King’s Cross (Bagley’s Walk), Fitzrovia and Mayfair (Brown Hart Gardens). Bottle Festoon will go on to be part of a one-day light festival taking place on Thornton Heath following Lumiere London at the end of January. Sponsored by Veolia.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Forget the January blues – Lumiere London promises to be one of the brightest and most exciting times of the year. With more than 50 artworks across the city, this is an incredible opportunity to see London’s iconic architecture and streets in a completely new way – and best of all, it’s free to visit. Lumiere London 2018 shows that London is open to people from across the world, open to creativity and ideas, and open for business. I look forward to welcoming millions of visitors to the capital to enjoy this city-wide spectacle.”
Helen Marriage, Artichoke CEO and Lumiere London Artistic Director, said: “Artichoke is a small charity with big ideas and Lumiere London demonstrates this ambition on every level. It’s exciting and unusual to be working at this scale and to be able to knit together a coherent artistic programme across such a vast area of central London with so many partners, sponsors and supporters.
“I’m tremendously grateful to everyone we’ve worked with over the past 18 months who have helped make this second Lumiere London festival possible. From the charming to the thought-provoking, the artistic programme presents our amazing city to the world as a public gallery without walls, an open invitation for everyone to come out and play.”
Andrew Cooke, Acting CEO of London and Partners, said: “Lumiere London will bring a new dimension to the daily life of our city, and will uplift international and UK visitors as they have fun exploring the city, uncovering illuminating artworks along the way. ”
Councillor Nickie Aiken, Chair of the West End Partnership said: “January is one of the busiest times of year for international visitors – visitors from China, America, France and Middle East will be enthralled and exhilarated by this arts festival which is set to transform some of the world’s most iconic landmarks.
"As well as soaking in the sights, visitors will be able to sample some of the delights that are in store across the hotels, restaurants, shops and museums all of whom are set to host events, experiences and offers in celebration of Lumiere London.”
Anna Strongman, Partner, Argent (King’s Cross), said: “We are delighted to be taking part in Lumiere London once again and looking forward to seeing King’s Cross transformed into a canvas of colour and light. Visitors to this year’s show will be able to enjoy a vibrant mix of shops, bars and restaurants including all of our new retailers on King’s Boulevard, whilst exploring the installations which have been designed to complement the mix of new and restored spaces and places transformed over the last 10 years. We look forward to welcoming old friends and new visitors to King’s Cross during the festival.”
Nic Durston, CEO of South Bank BID said: “As London’s cultural heart, we are delighted to welcome Lumiere to South Bank, and we look forward to welcoming Londoners and other visitors to one of London’s most creative and dynamic neighbourhoods. South Bank’s existing and outstanding cultural and artistic offer will be supplemented and complemented by the work of a range of artists, commissioned for Lumiere 2018. The range of art is extraordinary, and we encourage all visitors to explore all of the installations, and to enjoy everything that South Bank has to offer.”
Lee Lyons, Chief Operating Officer, The Fitzrovia Partnership, said: “As a vibrant, creative and design-led area in Central London, Fitzrovia is excited to be a new destination for Lumiere London in 2018. From the intriguing collaboration between art and science to the lighting up of new undiscovered spaces in Fitzrovia nestled amongst renowned bars, restaurants and art galleries, we look forward to welcoming visitors, old and new.” Further details about Lumiere London 2018 are available at: www.visitlondon.com/lumiere #LumiereLDN @ArtichokeTrust
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Lumiere was created by Artichoke in Durham in 2009, and took place again in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017, commissioned by Durham County Council. In 2013, Artichoke produced Lumiere in Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture. In January 2016, the company staged the first Lumiere London, supported by the Mayor of London, attracting audiences of over 1 million over four nights. http://www.lumiere-festival.com
Producers of extraordinary live events, Artichoke is one of the country’s leading creative companies and is a registered charity, funded by Arts Council England. At Artichoke, we use art to undermine the mundane and disrupt the everyday, and create a new kind of world that we’d all like to live in.
Our previous projects include Royal de Luxe’s The Sultan’s Elephant, which brought an estimated one million people onto the streets of London in 2006; La Machine’s 50-foot high mechanical spider for Liverpool’s Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008; Antony Gormley’s One & Other 100-day-long invasion of the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in London in 2009; and Deborah Warner’s commission for the London 2012 Festival with Fiona Shaw, Peace Camp, a nationwide celebration of landscape and poetry, which took place across eight separate sites around the UK; Temple by David Best in Derry~Londonderry, attended by more than 75,000 people; and London’s Burning, a festival to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London in September 2016. Artichoke creates and produces Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, which has been staged in Durham every two years since 2009; in Derry~Londonderry in Northern Ireland as part of the celebrations for City of Culture 2013, and in London for the first time in January 2016. www.artichoke.uk.com
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Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
South Bank BID
The Fitzrovia Partnership
Astrea Asset Management
Cain International Canon
The Connaught Hotel
Great Portland Estates
High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom
We are Waterloo
Technicians make it happen supported by Gatsby Foundation
Westminster City Council
Zumtobel Group QED
Creative Barking and Dagenham
Coin Street Community Builders
London Borough of Redbridge
Macao Government Tourism Office
Mondrian Hotel London
Royal Borough of Greenwich
The Baring Foundation
The Royal Netherlands Embassy
WITH THANKS TO
Embassy of Spain
Rotunda Bar and Restaurant
St Ermin’s Hotel
The Polish Cultural Institute
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