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: 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

purplefaye.co.uk

 

Art Adventure – Light Night Leeds 2016

Last Friday (7th october 2016) I went on an adventure to Leeds for Light Night Leeds.

“As darkness falls, come and see the city in a new light…..”

I’d not been to “Leeds’ biggest free annual multi-arts event”before so I’d been looking forward to going this year. Especially as this year was it’s 12th anniversary, and for the first time it took place over two nights, Thursday 6th and Friday 7th.

“Exploring the elements earth, wind, water and fire the city came alive with over 50 artworks including spectacular light projections, as well as film, dance, music, theatre, exhibitions and street performances.”

As it was still light when I got there at 6pm I started by walking up from the train station towards the Library. As I got closer I looked up at the Town Hall to see the pink lighting showing up as it started to get dark.

Next I looked across at the Waterlight Graffiti, Antonin Fourneau, Victoria Gardens (The Headrow, LS1 3AA Thursday and Friday 6 –11pm) an interactive installation made of a wall embedded with thousands of LEDs which light up if their surface is touched by water. Anything damp becomes a tool to drive or write: a sponge, a brush, a water gun, or even a water atomizer to act as an eco-friendly graffiti artist. Developed by French artist, Antonin Fourneau, the project was research led and explores water-sensitive materials.

Then just outside the Library was The Indestructible Reef, Alison M Smith, Victoria Gardens (The Headrow, LS1 3AA Thursday and Friday 6 –11pm) a series of glowing sculptures created from recycled plastic, crafted to mimic organic forms. Alison Smith transforms waste materials into beautiful objects. She aims to illustrate the effects waste plastics have on our oceans, with plastic particles already outweighing plankton by 26:1 in some areas.

I entered Leeds Central Library, (Central Library, Calverley Street, LS1 3AB, Friday 5 –10pm) to Explore the Elements. Encountering the unexpected through art and crafts, films and displays created especially for the night. Stories of lost voyages and daring expeditions through the rare books and historic maps in the beautiful Grade II* listed building.

Also in the Library: Owl’s Shadow on the Moonlit Earth, Douglas Thompson (Central Library, Calverley Street, LS1 3AB, Friday 6 –10pm) a 3D shadow show inspired by Robert Plack’s elemental poem “The Snowy Owl”. Meet your shadow on the screen and make magical images that leap out into space as you participate in this original performance by artist Douglas Thompson with live music by Max Trewhitt.

And  H2Us, Artlink West Yorkshire & Love Arts (Central Library, Calverley Street, LS1 3AB
Friday 6 –10pm) We are over 50% water. H2Us is a sculpture with droplets floating in the frame representing our connection with water. The constantly moving droplets will glimmer and glitter as they turn in the rising air currents. Participants will be invited, alongside artists Jim Bond and Rozi Fuller, to create their own lanterns inspired by the sculpture.

Next I walked to Briggate for Ethereal Freeze, Glacial Art Ice Sculptors (Briggate, LS1 6LX Friday 6 – 11pm) a transient installation, using ice and light to capture the fleeting beauty of fire, wind, earth and water.

And the Local Artisans’ Market (Briggate, LS1 6LX Friday 3pm –10.30pm) a market displaying the work of local artisans, a wide range of handmade gifts and lively atmosphere on one of Leeds’ most famous streets. A variety of art, ceramics, print and silversmithing. Where I met the lovely Perky Painter Helen Gibson.

From Briggate I walked up to St John the Evangelist Church to see Elemental, Hannah Stained Glass (St John the Evangelist Church Gardens, Mark Lane, LS2 8JA Friday 6 –11pm)
Four hand-crafted stained glass windows cast their magic and transport you on a journey through the elements. Travel from earth, through the air, out of the fire and into the cooling water created by colour and light.

And then inside the church itself for [in]visible, Si ieng Fung  (St John the Evangelist Church, Mark Lane, LS2 8JA Friday 6 –11pm) Artist, Si ieng Fung, uses transparent materials to shed light upon the marvellous architectural detail of historical buildings in Leeds. [in]visible reveals all that has faded into the background of this modern metropolitan city. Visitors are invited to share which buildings have played parts in their lives.

Just round the back of the church were The Giant Dandelions, Olivia d’Aboville (Merrion Gardens, Merrion Street, LS2 8JG Thursday and Friday 6 – 11pm) The Giant Dandelions installation is a forest of 90 giant lit flowers. Through manipulating over 9,000 recycled bottles, the artist refers to our consumerist society that is polluting our environment. She creates work that is sensitive to light, fluidity and movement, allowing you to walk through the forest with a more sensitive connection to the environment.

Next I went over to Millennium Square to see The Phoenix in the Stone, Illuminos (Civic Hall, Millennium Square, LS1 1UR Thursday and Friday 7.30pm –11pm) Returning after the epic Momentous (2013), Illuminos present The Phoenix in the Stone, a beautiful fable for the four quarters of Yorkshire, weaved from shadow and light. Watch the metamorphosis as the firebird soars, projected onto the Civic Hall.

Then inside The Carriageworks for Afterglow, Atipyka-Visualab (Auditorium, The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, LS2 3AD Friday 6 –11pm) a cubic frame audio-visual installation. A series of geometric animations are projected through six semi-transparent screens. With an unusual usage of light, the audience are surrounded by an audio-visual journey where time and space is bent upon itself, creating a new dimension inside the structure and guiding the viewers through the four basic natural elements.

And over to Leeds City College, Technology Campus (Cookridge Street, LS2 8BL Friday 7.30 –11pm) to see the work projected on a billboard showcasing an eclectic assortment of student work, encapsulating the symbiotic spirit of the elements. Through projections of creative arts, games, animation and videos, spectators can revel in the delights of the achievements of college students and enjoy the diversity of talent and creativity.

Before walking up to Queen Square to see the Fire Balls, Aragorn Dick-Read (Queen Square, LS2 8AJ, Friday 6 – 11pm) Large cut out steel shapes by Caribbean artist, Aragorn Dick-Read, set alight as night sets in. These provocative sculptures evoke primal energy and use the vitality of fire to bring life to his intricately cut designs. Dancing figures embracing nature, or profound symbolic patterns that embody the oppositions faced by culture and the elements.

Past the Light Show on the outside of First Direct Arena (Clay Pit Lane, LS2 8BY, Friday 7 –11pm) Leeds’ flagship event space, First Direct Arena, hosts exciting live music, comedy, spectacular entertainment and sporting events. For Light Night, they are putting on an extra special light display.

Down to the Love Arts Festival at Leeds Corn Exchange (Call Lane, LS1 7BR Friday 6 –11pm)
Pop up exhibitions, performances, DJs, live music and workshops that promote the idea that being creative is good for your mental health. Events will take place underground on the Piazza level of Leeds Corn Exchange. Join in the arts party under the Earth! Presented by Love Arts Festival and the Art of Recovery.

Across to We are Universe, Leeds College of Music, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds College of Art, Oscar Barany, Nicolas Dixon, Motiv Productions. Supported by Leeds BID (Kirkgate Market Event Space, 28-34 George St, LS2 7HY Friday 6.30 –11pm)
This collaborative installation of improvised music, dance, digital visual art and animation, explores the relationship between the elements in the universe and the human interactions which make up our communities. Internationally renowned artist Nicolas Dixon has been commissioned to paint the 100ft wall inside the iconic Kirkgate Market. To mark the unveiling of this stunning new work on Light Night, award winning Leeds based video production company Motiv Productions will be augmenting the piece with brand new animations.

Then sadly it was time to make my way back to the train station to catch the last train home so I finished with The Falls, Dave Lynch (Queens Hotel, City Square, LS1 1PJ Thursday and Friday 7.30 –11pm) a creative exploration of the flow and form of water. A 100ft digital waterfall taking us on a journey from the abstract to the hyper real, driven in perfect synchronization by a musical score inspired by the chaotic forces of nature’s white noise.

There was so much more to see that I didn’t have time to, but I had a great time seeing all the things that I did get to and even though there was a bit of drizzle here and there it was nice to see that so many other people were enjoing it all too.

 

Information taken from the Light Night Leeds 2016 Guide  find out more at

http://whatson.leeds.gov.uk/lightnight/Documents/Light%20Night%20guide%202016.pdf

 

Till next time,

Take care

Purple Faye x

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