Students enlightened by Lumiere workshops

Art and design students from New College Durham have been learning first-hand about producing a large-scale art festival from the experts at Artichoke.

Students from the BA (Hons) Visual Arts, BA (Hons) Design, and Foundation Degree Visual Arts programmes have benefitted from a series of workshops led by the professionals at Artichoke.  Artichoke, a leading arts charity, produces Lumiere, which will take place in Durham for the fifth time this week. 

In the first workshop, which took place at New College Durham, Ian Bone, Head of Production at the Lumiere Durham, shared his knowledge about the production of the festival. He also spoke about the difficulties of producing an outdoor festival of large-scale light artworks, and how various barriers can stand in the way when showing artwork in public spaces. He described the ways in which he, and the team at Artichoke, were able to overcome these barriers to create the Lumiere Durham. He also inspired students to consider ways to make and show artworks, which they may not have considered possible.

28-year-old BA (Hons) Visual Arts student, Amy Welch, from Sacriston, who has already secured a place to exhibit her work at Lumiere, as part of the BRILLIANT Competition, said:

“It was great to be able to gain an in-depth view into the industry and to be able to talk to people on a professional level.”

New College Durham is sponsoring this year’s Lumiere, which is commissioned by Durham County Council, with additional support from Arts Council England and a raft of sponsors and funders. 

Peter Morrison, Head of Tourism, Digital and Creative Industries at New College Durham, said:

“We were delighted to welcome experts from Artichoke to give our students a valuable insight into the internationally renowned festival of light. Students were able to see first-hand the ways in which festivals such as Lumiere are curated and produced, and gain inspiration from experienced professionals within this specialist field.”

In the second workshop, Kate Harvey, Senior Producer at Artichoke, spoke to Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) Music students about event management.

Kate Harvey, Senior Producer of Artichoke, said:

“It’s always exciting to speak to budding professionals starting out in their careers and I was impressed by the enthusiasm and interest shown by the students at New College Durham and by the kind of opportunities that the College is offering as part of the learning experience”.

Image shows Ian Bone, Head of Production at the Lumiere Durham, with Visual Arts and Design students in the Digital and Media Suite at New College Durham

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