Artist Purple Faye Art Adventure: Light Night Leeds Friday 11th October 2019

Last Friday, 11th October 2019, we went to see Light Night Leeds again. The first time I went was in 2016, which was the first year it was held on a Friday as well as Thursday (it had only been on a thursday night before then starting in 2005). You can read the blog post I wrote about that one here.

That first year I went on my own and enjoyed it so much that the next year my boyfriend wanted to come too, which you can read about here, and last year we had a family outing with my sister and nephew plus my mum and boyfriend all joining me, you can read about that one here.

A little more about Light Night Leeds 2019 taken from the website https://whatson.leeds.gov.uk/lightnight/Home

Experience Art in the Dark!

 

Light Night Leeds is the UK’s largest annual arts and light festival.

Over two incredible nights in October some of Leeds’ most recognisable indoor and outdoor spaces are transformed by spectacular artworks and captivating performances by local, national and international artists. Light Night invites people to see the city in a new light and discover over 60 free arts events across the city centre. From large-scale light projections and interactive installations, to music, dance and street performances, there is always something for everyone!

In 2019 Light Night celebrated the theme of ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ – launching with a vibrant illuminated parade all about our dreams and imagination.

This year my mum wasn’t able to make it but my sister, nephew and boyfriend did, We parked at The Tetley (as they had reduced their parking to only £2 from 5pm onwards specially for Light Night Leeds) and we started by walking round to the docks to see ‘Voyage’ by artists Aether & Hemera which featured 100 illuminated ‘origami’ boats and ‘Shape of Light’ by Alex Webb which explored geometric arrangements of light and shadow set against an urban backdrop of granite. glass and water.

Next we popped into Leeds Minister for ‘Light Up Leeds Minister’ before making our way to the Corn Exchange where ‘Conductor” by Interplay Theatre was. When we got there the queues were quite long so even though there were sessions running every 10 minutes or so we decided not to wait and made our way to Granary Wharf instead.

At Granary Wharf was ‘Halo’ by artist Micheal Davis individual but digitally interlinked columns of ever evolving patterns of light and sound and ‘Ghost Caribou’ by Thingumajig Theatre where giant illuminated creatures, part caribou, part spirit roam a mystical world after dark accompanied by a wild herdsman. With music, song and shadow puppetsthey tell stories of lost homes, impossible migrations and seeds of hope before continuing the journey into their hautingley beautiful dream-world of the night.

Next we headed up to The Queens Hotel to see ‘The Vision’ by Ocubo.

Throughout the show, the imaginations of two characters were represented by an immersive experience into their minds. Taking the audience into a dream of endless exuberant mind landscapes through the eyes of those characters dreams.

It was while we were here that it started to rain, thankfully it didn’t last long though and by the time we got to Millennium Square to see ‘Angels of Freedom’ by OGE Group, Merav Eitan & Gaston Zahr it had almost stopped.

We had a quick look at ‘With Love’ by artist Franck Pelletier at the Town Hall which was a bright red heart that measured you and your partners Beats per Minute then played a clip from a love song based on that combined value, and then headed up to Leeds Civic Hall to see ‘Telekinetic Rumours’ by artist Pani Pawlosky. Fusing imagery, music and sound to create an immersive dreamlike story, taking us on a surrealist journey exploring the complexity of energy flow between mind, body and soul.

 

Next we went to Queen Square to see ‘Brothers and Sisters’ by artist Ron Haselden. Children from two Leeds primary schools, Richmond Hill Academy and Co-op Academy Oakwood, took part in special workshops to draw a picture of their sibling or friend and 10 were selected to be transformed into a large scale garland of LED lights.

From there we started walking back down to The Tetley, passing by Merrion gardens to see ‘Les Footballeurs’ by French artist Remi Brun. Two footballers, an attacker striking the ball and a goalkeeper diving to make a save, cleverly transmitted in a sequence of LED lights. and ‘Lightbattle X’ by VENIVIDIMULTIPLEX from the Netherlands on Briggate. Two crossed arches made of thousands of LED lights, each with a bike at it’s base which when pedalled hard pushes the beam of light to the middle as fast as possible to beat the other opponents.

Finally with only 10 minutes left of the event we made it back to The Tetley to see ‘Pleasance’ by NOVAK. This was our favourite thing of the evening and featured a 35 metre ground projection which was inspired by the forthcoming development, Aire Park, which is soon to transform the former Brewery Site.

We all enjoyed the evening, there is so much to see that if you can go for both days then you’ll have a better chance to see everything. It was also useful to have the app to show where things were as we were walking around and to have a bit of a plan of what things we wanted to get round to seeing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post as a way of seeing what you missed and maybe give you a taste of what it was like. I’m already looking forward to seeing that they come up with for next year!

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Artist Purple Faye Art Adventure: Light Night Leeds Friday 5th October 2018

“Light Night is one of the UK’s largest annual arts and light festivals, and over two special nights some of Leeds’ most recognisable indoor and outdoor spaces will be transformed by spectacular artworks and captivating performances by local, national and international artists.

This year we celebrate the themes of progress and innovation, kicking off with a vibrant illuminated parade celebrating 100 years of social change since (some) women got the vote.

On Light Night you will discover over 60 arts events across ten zones in the city centre; from large-scale light projections and interactive artworks, to music, dance and street performances.

Among the highlights this year will be an incredible abstract digital projection that will use the historic stonework of Leeds Civic Hall as its canvas, while elsewhere giant illuminated humanoids will appear on rooftops and public spaces around the city centre.

The Leeds Library, one of the city’s hidden treasures, will be the backdrop for a celebration of Leeds suffragettes, Leonora Cohen and Mary Gawthorpe, and a fearsome and fiery dragon will be making an appearance on the Queens Hotel! So, bring your family and friends along to experience a fantastic festival atmosphere and see the city in a new light!”whatson.leeds.gov.uk/lightnight

This year was the 14th edition of Light Night Leeds which again took place over 2 days, Thursday the 4th and Friday the 5th of October 6pm-11pm. It was only the 3rd year that I’ve attended the event. My first year, in 2016, was also the first year that it become a 2 day/night event, previously it only took place over a single evening.

My first time at Light NIght Leeds was on my own in 2016, which you can read about here. My second time attending was last year, 2017, and my boyfriend came with me for his first experience of the event, read about that one here. This year, 2018, there was a little gang of us. My boyfriend came again and coming for their first time was my mum, my younger sister and my little 3 month old nephew.

We were able to attend the event on Friday, as I had the previous 2 years too, unfortunately the weather wasn’t as dry as it had been on the Thursday but we weren’t going to let it stop us. (It did mean that I didn’t take quite so many photos though.)

We started with the Tai Shani ‘Semiramis’ exhibition at The Tetley, which is a gallery in the former Tetley brewery building on Hunslet Road.

We then walked up to the Headrow, passing by one of the ‘Fantastic Planet’ giant humanoids by Amanda Parer and the ‘Spectral’ rainbow lights by KASJO studio in St John the Evangelist Church gardens.

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Making our way to the First Direct Arena to see the special light show on the building, via the ‘Sound Of Infinity’ walk in infinity mirror by Kira Zhigalina, then crossing over to Queen Square to see ‘Dr Kronovator’s Fire Laboratory’ by Emergency Exit Arts.

Next stop was Millenium Square to see ‘Chaos’ by Hotaru Visual Guerrilla projected onto the building.

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As we headed down towards Queens Hotel to see the dragon projected onto the building we passed through ‘Bouquet D’abat Jour (Lampshaeds Bouquet)’ by Tilt.

We finished our Light Night adventure by seeing ‘Moon Beam’ by Cirque Bijou at the Trinity Shopping centre.

I shot a few videos which I’ll be posting on social media, I can’t post them on here, so if you’d like to see them find me on Instagram and Facebook. I’m /purplefaye.co.uk on both.

I really enjoyed the evening, even if the weather could have been better. I’m already looking forward to going again next year.

Hopefully this has given you an idea of what Light Night Leeds is like.

Till next time.

Take care

Purple Faye x

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Purple Faye Art Adventure: Wakefield Artwalk 31st Jan 2018

Last Wednesday (31st january 2018) was the first Wakefield Artwalk of the year. This year is a special year for the Artwalk as it celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary.

Here’s what I got up to on the night….

I started by visiting Neon Workshops to see the new rooftop installation by Richard William Wheater ‘Black Hole’.

“Black Hole is the third instalment from the artist’s ongoing rooftop neon text series called ‘Things people Say’. Over a period of Four years, certain phrases of conversation were logged by Wheater. Usually in social settings and under the influence of alcohol, to ensure such statements were non-contrived, honest and flippant, almost unconsciously voiced.

Destined to be forgotten within moments, now the phrase, the person’s name who said it, time, date and location have all been laboriously fabricated and displayed in neon on a roof top for a twelve month period.

Wheater is the founder of neon owrkshops, a company that has fabricated a lot of neon text of the years, for a number of very successful artists.

Things People Say responds to this experience, suggesting that everyone can say something worthy of a large neon installation, arguing that the importance of a statement is often purely the contextual shoulders that it stands on. The work questions our growing obsession in worshiping the individual.”

Next I walked up to the new Unity Social Pop Up Cafe Bar to see the work of local artists Dave Foley and Jamie Oldroyd. They were inviting people to participate in making art by contributing to unfinished paintings.

From there I went over to the Theater Royal Wakefield cafe to see Jan Parsons work and then on to the Art House to see all the work that was on display there.

This included the Wakefield Arts Partnership Collaborative Commissions by Holly Rowan, Joseph Jackson, Yoke (Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward) and Emma Papworth. The Artist in Residence Exhibition by Rich White and Working Landscape collaborative event with Peak, an arts organisation based in the Black Mountains.

The last destination was Westgate studios to see the exhibition by Antje Rayner and the new Wakefield Art Club. The clay sculpture Unicorn and pinch pot that I’d made with them the day before was on display, which was a nice surprise.

The next Artwalk this year is the last Wednesday of March (28th) where I’ll be exhibiting my work in one of the empty Westgate studios (like I did last year which you can read about here)

Hope to see you there

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Purple Faye Art Adventure: Light Night Leeds Friday 6th October 2017

On Friday 6th October 2017 we went to Light Night Leeds. I’d gone for the first time last year, read about it here, and was really looking forward to going again this year.

​”Light Night Leeds is an annual free multi-arts and light festival which takes over Leeds City Centre on two nights in early October.

Witness the city centre come alive with an exciting programme of spectacular projections, interactive installations, exhibitions, dance, music and street performances. As darkness falls, come and see the city in a new light…”

There was so much to see that before we set off I’d made a list of the main ones that I wanted to see and we still ran out of time to see those never mind everything else that was going on too.

It starts at 6pm and finishes at 11pm but it’s still light at 6pm so quite a few things don’t really start until it gets dark.

The first thing we saw was the DJ Dukebox at Dortmund Square, but it was still too light really so we went for something to eat while it got darker.

 

Once it was dark we went to the Town Hall and Civic Hall to see POP – Blauwe Uur and Out of the Aire – Ross Ashton (the projection Studio) projected onto the buidlings.

Next we went up to Leeds Uni, taking in the Dry Dock on the way, and saw Voices of Light and Dark – Various poetry readings, Soapbox Art and Science – Various, Connecting the Marshall Threads – Alice Clayden and Vessel – Jim Bond, Paul Beales and Barbara Ciani.

We then walked over to Queen Square for Wannabe Leodis – Leeds Beckett Uni and Around the Campfire – Morwenna Catt.

Next stop was the City Museum for Hackspace Cubed – Leeds Hackspace then the Central Library for Light Benches – LBO Litchbankobjeckte Uncanny Theatre.

We only had about an hour left by this time so we started heading to the docks making sure we stopped at the Queens Hotel for Harlequin by NOVAK feat. Ed Carter and Beating Heart – Stuart Langley on the new platfrom building at the train station. Then through Granary Wharf via Heofon Light Maze – Ben Busche, Brut Deluxe. We looked at getting the free water taxi to take us to Leeds Dock but we wouldn’t have got there in time if we had.

So with 5 mins left we finally got to Leeds Dock to see the thing that I’d been most looking forward to seeing all night, Museum of the Moon – Luke Jerram. It didn’t disappoint so I was really pleased we managed to get to see it before they turned it off at 11pm. Which they did bang on time with everyone booing as they did it.

So then it was home and bed time, tired after all the walking but having had a really enjoyable evening. They only started doing Light NIght Leeds on two nights last year but there’s so much to see and do that it’s good that they did. I think if I want to see more next year I’ll have to go for both evenings. Hopefully these pics have given you an idea of what it was like, and also how many other people were out and about enjoying the events too. The city was so busy which made it more difficult to get round quickly but it’s nice to see so many people enjoying art.

Next art adventure should be Illuminating York but sadly it’s been cancelled this year and is now going to happen every two years rather than annually, you can read about my trip to it last year here though.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye

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Art Adventure – Wakefield Artwalk September 27th 2017

On Wednesday 27th September 2017 from 5pm-10pm it was the Artwalk in Wakefield. There was lots to see and I didn’t get round to see it all but for those of you that couldn’t make it, or were busy with your own exhibitions on the night so couldn’t see what everyone else was up to, here are a few pics to give you a taste of what you missed.

First stop was Chantry Chapel for the ceramic exhibition and art fair featuring studio pottery by Linda Bulleyment, Brain Holding and Galea Belinscaia. Next I headed to The Cathedral Centre to see the hand felted and stitched self portraits of artist Helen Riddle.

Then to the Cathedral itself for Patterns of Praise by Grace Love

By the time I came out of the Cathedral the weather had taken a turn for the worse so I made my was through the drizzle up to SNAP Arts in time to hear the artist talk by Roger Gardner of his exhibition Equivalence. This was followed by some poetry readings by Steven B Williams.

Next stop through the rain was The Art House to see The Secret Garden exhibition of photographs by Phil Dabbs plus the work of the graduate artists in residence and solo residency exhibition Nudging Meteors by Gobscure.

Thankfully it was only a quick walk over to Unity Works & Jordans Solicitors to see the work of textile artist Jan Millington and photographer Danny Day.

Then another short walk to the Theatre Royal Wakefield for the Senseless exhibition by EIYIA. “The artist group EIYA show the entrails of their first book, and everything that has been created around it.”

I then headed to Neon Workshops to see Animating Neon by Michael Flechtner. “See the LA artist’s collection of neon headwear, themed around his interest in our use of symbols and language in modern day culture.”

Finally I managed to find Crux to see how the large mural by Jenna Coulthard was coming along.

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By now I was looking a bit like a drowned rat and it was past 9pm so I called it a night and went home to get dry.

Sorry to all those that I didn’t get round to seeing, I hope you all had a good evening.

The next Artwalk is Wednesday 29th November 5pm-9pm and the next art adventure for me will be Light Night Leeds on Thursday 5th/Friday 6th October 2017 (next week).

You can read about my adventure to last years Light NIght Leeds here.

 

As always, till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Art Adventure: Screen Printing Workshop with Laura Slater at The Art House, Wakefield

On Thursday, 8th June 2017, I managed to get a cancellation booking to do a screen printing workshop with Laura Slater at The Art House in Wakefield. A few days beforehand, I got the cancellation booking on the Monday morning, I received an email explaining that I needed to have my image ready to print. This meant having the master image and then separating it into the different colour layers that were to be printed.

At first I was going to do my screen print of my cute cartoon cat characters so then I could experiment with different colour combinations, but while I was sketching them out my little doggy Jeffrey kept looking at me as if to say “why are you doing cats when you could be doing a picture of me?” So I did a few sketches of him then painted my final master design and made the separate colour layers ready for Thursday morning.

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The first thing we did on the Thursday morning was prepare our screens by applying a light-sensitive emulsion to the surface then leaving it to dry. While it was drying we photocopied each separate layer of our design onto acetate, doubling each layer up to make them even more opaque to stop the light getting through.

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Once the emulsion was dry and the acetates ready we could then use the exposing machine to transfer the designs onto the screens. We did this by putting the acetate, with the design the correct way round, on the glass top of the machine. The screen was then placed emulsion side down on top of the acetate and the rubber lid lowered over them.

Next the vacuum was turned on so the rubber lid formed a tight seal over the screens, stopping any movement that could happen during exposure, then the shutters on the exposure unit were opened so the light could get to the coated screens. These were left open on a preset timer so that they were exposed to the light for the correct amount of time.

After the screens had been exposed we then needed to wash away the areas that had been shielded from the light by the design. This is how the photo process works, the light- sensitive emulsion gets baked onto the screen when it’s exposed to the light. Any areas that weren’t exposed to the light due to the design blocking it out doesn’t get baked. These areas can then be washed off to let the ink through when printing. That’s why it works better to do your design in black to make it as opaque as possible to stop the light getting through.

While the screens were drying, after having the unbaked emulsion washed off, the next job was to mix the inks ready for printing with. I needed a background colour, obviously I went for purple which I made light to contrast with the darkness of the black and grey, then I needed a black and a grey for the body. In my original design I had a black body with grey highlights for the ears and nose. Sadly I had to change this slightly and swap them round as the grey wouldn’t have shown up printed on top of the black, but apart from the eyes I don’t think that it negatively affected it too much.

Once the screens were dry and the ink mixed then we were ready to start printing. As the layers needed to print on top of each other I started by printing my background. I was doing edition printing, this meant that I’d been printing the same thing over and over again so I’d have a set of prints that were all the same. The joy of hand printing means that each one would still be slightly different though.

After the background was printed they were left to dry and I cleaned the ink off the screen. I could then set up ready for the next layer of printing. This meant securing the screen in the hinges that held it in place on the printing board, then lining up the background image to the screen so that it would print in the right place. Using masking tape on the corners of the paper to help register the next one in the same place.

You may remember from the blog post that I wrote a few months ago about my older work, read it here, that when I was studying A level printmaking I always felt that my registration let me down. So it was nice when Laura told me that it’s those things that make hand printing different to being perfectly printed by a machine. The so called mistakes or errors make each one unique even when it’s part of an edition. This made me feel a lot better and more positive towards that older work.

For the last layer of printing I again had to line up the paper with the new screen, using masking tape to help register the rest to the same spot. Also using the acetate print outs to help with this step too. Then it was time to leave them to dry and wash up the screens etc.

I really enjoyed the workshop, it was nice to go back to screen printing after the 15 or so years since I did it at college.

Till next time

Take care

Purple Faye x

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Purple Faye Art adventure: Wakefield Artwalk 31st May 2017

Yesterday evening it was the Wakefield Artwalk again.

“Every other month, venues across Wakefield come alive with a variety of visual arts and crafts, live music, and performances”

As I missed the one in March, because I went to Amsterdam which you can read about in the blog post I wrote about it , I was looking forward to seeing what people were up to this time. I wasn’t disappointed, there was plenty to see and I had lots of inspiring chats with all the lovely people I met on the way. Even though I was trying to get round to see as much as I could at the same time too.

I started at the Chantry Chapel where I saw the colourful abstract work of Terence Fletcher and had a little chat with Brian Holding, I’d had my own exhibition there in last year’s May Artwalk which you can read about in my blog post here.  I then went over to The Hepworth. I don’t normally go to The Hepworth as part of the Artwalk because I can go there at other times and most of the other things on the artwalk are only open for the Artwalk so I go to see them while I can instead. But this time there was a curator talk on at 6pm, plus since I was last there, which you can read about here, they’ve got new Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore exhibitions on so I wanted to go see them too. And since it’s only over the road from the Chantry Chapel it was easy enough for me to go to.

The curator talk about the Gyorgy Gorgon work was really interesting and I really enjoyed going round The Hepworth when there was hardly anyone else there. Even though I’ve visited the Disobedient Bodies exhibition before, read about that here, I enjoyed it even more when there was no one else there. I kept seeing things that I didn’t remember seeing before, which could have just been my poor memory or that there weren’t people getting in the way this time. Either way I enjoyed it, so even if you’ve already been to see the exhibition I can recommend going to see it a second time, but you only have until the 18th June (Father’s day) to go to see it, so not long left.

Next I went into town to Wakefield Cathedral to see the Jacqui Parkinson: Good Grief! series of antique handkerchiefs stitched by the artist as an outpouring of grief exhibition. While I was there I was treated to a spinning wheel demonstration by the lovely Tracey too.

From there I walked round the corner following the signs to The Cathedral Centre to see the ‘Home’ exhibition of traditional and digital drawings by local artist Cameron Hopkins.

Next stop was Jordans Solicitors on King Street to see the Evinced works by Lora Caselli.

After that I went up to SNAP Arts (near the college) to see Louise Barrett: Wastelands solo exhibition of new works.

I wanted to see the Ella Holland Wall Mural again, it’s outside the Wakefield One building. She did it in October last year as part of her residency at The Art House, so on previous Artwalks it’s been dark when I’ve seen it. It was nice to see it in the daylight, even if someone has added their own contribution to it now too. You can see some pics of it in different lighting in the blog post I wrote about the January Artwalk.

I decided that I’d go down (the hill) to the Neon Workshops next to see the new neon and mixed media work by Richard William Wheater, then come back up to do the rest as I didn’t want to miss it by running out of time.

I then went to the Theatre Royal Wakefield and was really impressed with the Melanie England ‘Sparkle Thief’ Memories installation of upcycled hand made wreaths, giving new life to day to day items from the past. My favourite three were the ones with liquorice allsorts, painted toy soldiers and cotton reels.

Lastly I went to Unity Works to see Ronald Jackson’s ‘The Art of Rugby League’ exhibition, plus the paintings on slate of Jill Green and some of Lucy Fiona Morrison’s epic landscape paintings.

Then before I knew it it was after 9pm and I was too late to get to anywhere else but I left Wakefield in a great mood, feeling really positive after talking to people and looking forward to telling you all about it so you can go to the next one on the last Wednesday of July (the 26th).

 

Till next time,

Take care.

 

Purple Faye  x

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