Light Up the Streets
SIGNS & SIGNIFIERS
By imitating the dog and Steve Wade
Green Close devised a series of unusual and inspirational installations with a new team of artists in shop windows in and around the City.
International Collaborative Drawing Project
By Ivan Liotchev
International Collaborative Drawing Project is an internationally travelling project, in partnership with numerous cultural organisations, that invites people of diverse communities to create large drawings together using marker pens on canvas. Always unpredictable due to the creative individuality of each participant and his/her given community, the project embraces drawing’s universal reach as both a uniting force and a way to explore the breadth of drawing approaches throughout the world. Inviting people of all backgrounds and abilities to draw together on an equal playing field, the project uses collaboration as an instrument for discovery.
The aim for this project is to create an expanding network for people across the world to collaborate within their own communities and with distant communities, ever seeking to discover how the simple and accessible act of collaborative drawing can build relationships, unveil meaning and ultimately create challenging artworks that touch people.
For Light Up The Streets artist Ivan Liotchev invited the Lancaster public to join him in drawing on a large canvas which will be displayed on the
night of 1st November. The finished piece will also feature projected imagery of Hopi Native American drawings in an effort to create an unexpected bond between two very different cultures.
By Early Career Artist Kathryn Booth
The idea behind this piece is drawn from thinking about light as an immaterial medium. As a society we use light in so many ways but the impact it has on us often goes unnoticed. I created this piece in the style of a common household object to remind the viewer that the ethereal and transcendent qualities of light shouldn’t be taken for granted and can be found all around us.
The chandelier has 9 tiers and is approx 1.5m tall and 1.5m across. I have used broken wine bottles to create the decorative element of the chandelier. Each bottle has been broken, I then the selected the pieces of glass individually for size and shape, glued them and tied them onto the frame using fishing wire. The piece took approximately 6 weeks to finish.
The reason for the use of this material is because I am inspired by the way both natural and artificial light creates reflection and refraction in the glass. I feel the atmosphere produced by this effect is dramatic and captivating. I want this piece to provide an interesting and memorable viewing
experience for its audience
By Rachel Britch
My practice focuses on site-specific sculpture, the concept behind my pieces are very important to me, a great deal of my work is specifically focused on cities and growing urban populations. Working with these ideas allows me to develop large-scale sculptures, which are concept lead.
I use re-cycled and biodegradable materials connected without chemicals or adhesives to shed a light on ideas surrounding over consumption and waste. I construct objects out of repeated elements, building up to create something complex out of simple units. Through this way of working I am able to use unlikely, or waste materials to create innovative, hand crafted sculptures. This piece is made entirely from Bio-plastic straws and fixed together with thousands of paperclips.
For Light Up the Streets my piece will be a glowing sculpture, made entirely from Bio-plastic straws and paperclips, repeated to make something complex out of simple elements.
By Sue Flowers & Adam York Gregory
Much of the development of the beautiful City of Lancaster we know today was derived from the sea-faring exploits of wealthy Georgian tradesmen responsible for exporting products from the area, exchanging them for enslaved African peoples and transporting them to the Caribbean and selling them into a life of slavery in exchange for the luxury cargoes of sugar, tobacco and rum; known as the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Although this form of slavery was abolished in 1807, slavery still continues in the world today. These sculptural glass and sugar artworks were originally made to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the act of abolition in 2007, by Sue Flowers.
Here though, Flowers and Gregory re-work the concepts and ideas related to this historic narrative in a collaborative installation which illuminates the dark and unpleasant history of Lancaster’s involvement in the enslavement of over 30,000 African lives and questions what is our relationship to this history: to slavery and freedom today? The title of the piece ‘Sankofa’ is taken from the Ghanaian adrinka symbol meaning learn from the past.
By Antony Ward
Reverse Gondwana is a Mandala composed of diverse visual sources from vexillology to heraldry. During the conceptualisation of my previous projects, I found a parallel interest in drawing Mandalas. This activity came from a kind of experimentation, a voluntary confrontation with the unconscious and finding alternative art making approaches. The piece is one of these Mandalas on a larger scale and printed on vinyl.
There are no visual themes in the displayed Mandala at least not in the “assigned exercise” way. A chromatic choice has been made, which takes into consideration the festivities that will be taking place while it is shown. The eye in the centre of the composition is a close up photograph of a banknote. The choice of this image creates a purposely-diverging symbolisation. What the final work symbolises all depends on who looks at it, from where they look at it and how they look at it.
The idea is that the work attempts to be an artefact, which produces and organises heterogeneous systems of interpretations. The title refers to the name given in paleogeography to one of the continents that was part of Pangaea, a supercontinent that existed approximately 510 to 180 million years ago.
Pickering and Fudge’s Cartoon Tea Room
By Carol Hanson
Struggling with your pre-Christmas diet? There are no calories in cartoon cakes! Press your nose up at the window of Lancaster’s most elegant tearoom, as the transformation stories of My Fair Lady and Pygmalion merge with the high street. It’s posh cartoon nosh here so watch your P’s and Q’s as suited animal waiters serve Edwardian characters Lancashire tea beneath the chandeliers. Just don’t complain about the cardboard sandwiches, it’ll be what they’re made from!
Following the success of ‘Lavender and Shoestring’s Pop-Up Launderette’, artist Carol Hanson continues her comic crusade to prove that there’s no business like a cartoon business. Mixing Lancastrian heritage, tales of transformation and a pinch of seaside humour she serves up a hand-drawn café peppered with cartoon and cardboard customers and spiced with animation. In the spirit of Lancaster’s evolution from old to new, all fixtures and fittings have been constructed using free, donated and recycled paper-based materials; making a new little cartoon shop from the throwaway packaging of others.
This quirky café pays homage to the spirit of enterprise, the tearooms of yesteryear, the great characters who’ve gone before and those who will always love a good old-fashioned cuppa. Table for two anyone?
City of Colour
By Elisa Artesero
Elisa Artesero has created a section of the buildings by the river Lune and the sky above in this bright installation.
She makes a magical new world out of a recognisable place by using colourful lighting effects to spark viewers’ imaginations. Working with ideas of different scales, she has reduced the scene to fit the window, drawing on the child-like pleasure found when playing with dolls’ houses, the large made small and suddenly a place for stories to emerge.
She has used a line from the Litfest commissioned poem by Sarah Hymas “By the Mouth of the Lune” as the river itself, using light and shadow of the words to inspire the scene.
Elisa Artesero is a Light Artist based in Manchester. She uses installation, photography, glass and film to capture light’s essence. Her work often addresses themes of transience, the nature of happiness and hope, and she frequently uses poetry as inspiration. She has exhibited across the UK and in Paris, France.
The Beam Dress
By Helen Schell
The Beam Dress uses the ‘Smart Materials’ of Hi Vis, fluorescent safety jackets to create a dynamic, futuristic ball-gown. It is inspired by the huge beam engines of the Lancaster cotton mills and brings together historical references with the current textile industry in Lancashire. It is a vision of the future, using light reactive tape to create a vivid installation in an empty shop that might well sell garments like this one day.
These reflective fabrics come to life when you use your camera & phone flash. You can create personal images to post on social media transforming an everyday material into a spectacular space-age ball-gown. I specialise in science/art projects envisioning future ideas about costumes and the space-age, which has led to me becoming an ESERO-UK Space Ambassador.
This is the second project using ‘Smart Materials’ to make experimental costumes for public display. The last one was a collaborative project with Durham University, Science Learning Centre North East and Arts Centre Washington. For this project, I created 3 flamboyant ball gowns which were UN-Dress and The Rocket Dress made from dissolvable thermoplastic, and The Dazzle Dress, made from Hi Vis safety jackets.
Smart Materials are fabrics, designed by scientists, which have special reactive technology, such as Thinsulate, Gortex, Lycra, Kevlar and fleece, and some of them were originally developed for space travel.
Some More Images
By Darren Andrews