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Sadly Light Up Lancaster is over for 2018 but you can still browse the listings below to remember the pieces and performances you liked best!

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  • Lancaster and Morecambe Makers

    Lancaster and Morecambe Makers At: Lancaster Library   Lancaster and Morecambe Makers (LAMM) bring a number of personal projects to Light Up Lancaster, each emitting visible, ultraviolet or laser light. Swing The Ultraviolet Chaos Pendulum and be hypnotised, turn the crank on the The Mechanical Laser Show Machine, try to get a tune out of The Electric Light Xylophone and ...

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  • No, 'Thing', Ness

    No, ‘Thing’, Ness By: Jason Graham At: The Storey   Art, light, illusion and contemplation all mix magically in these new, evocative installation pieces: Bubble and Head Space. Serene, intriguing and mesmerising this work, being shown for the first time at a light festival, is a memorable, intimate experience.

    Read more
  • Beautiful Birds

    Beautiful Birds By: Anna Read/Shane Johnstone/Sarah Hymas Commissioned by: Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, funding from The Big Lottery Fund At: The Storey   Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty commissioned artists Shane Johnstone and Anna Read and poet Sarah Hymas to work with Archbishop Hutton’s School in Warton and Ryelands School ...

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  • Fringe Event - Home is Where The Heart Is, St Thomas Church

    Home is Where The Heart Is St Thomas Church, Marton Street, Lancaster, LA1 1XX This 10-minute art installation takes place inside St Thomas Church and immerses visitors into a creation of light, video and sound which explores the themes of home and heart. Multiple video elements, lighting and projection combine with a soundtrack which adds narration and immersive audio elements. ...

    Read more
  • Fringe Event - FETE 3: TRAIL by Graft Arts Company

    FETE 3: TRAIL By: Graft Arts Company and Artists: Indrani Ashe Jayoon Choi Hannah Catherine Jones Eden Mitsenmacher Ayesha Tan Jones     A Light Up Lancaster fringe event, GRAFT presents a trail of video art through the city centre, presenting exceptional films in unexpected locations.   Come and discover our screens set in the windows of local businesses – shops, cafes, ...

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  • The Lancaster University Family Zone

    Join staff and students from Lancaster University’s Medical School and the Physics, History and Psychology Depts in Lancaster Library as they explore numbers, planets, colours, light and the secrets of the human body! Fri 2 Nov, 5:30pm – 10:00pm Sat 3 Nov, 5:30pm – 7:30pm   Professor Rob Young Quantum Technology Centre Random Revolution Using a 3D LED cube to demonstrate a new quantum ...

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  • The Pikooks

    The Pikooks By: Porté Par Le Vent: Christophe Martine At: Market Square   The Pikooks, a pair of majestic kites resembling snowy owls, soar gracefully into the Lancaster sky in a poetic courtship dance. These large and luminous birds, with gently spotted plumage, swirl entrancingly through the night sky in an enchanting aerial ballet, their slender silhouette, flying over luminous ...

    Read more
  • Coming Home To Roost

    Coming Home To Roost By: Sandy Gardner At: Market Square Capture the magical memories of Light Up Lancaster by taking the most colourful selfies you could dream of! With this series of interactive light art installations you and your friends can take fun and beautiful photos of each other with wings! Sandy Gardner’s stunning illuminated winged banners encourage your ...

    Read more
  • Turn The Big Light On

    Turn The Big Light On By: More Music David Boultbee from Bread Art Collective At: Sun Square   Come on home. Enjoy a warm welcome that builds as each new member of the family, band, orchestra, choir arrives home to share stories of adventures and trails trod. Look and listen a little closer as we Turn the Big Light On ...

    Read more
  • Chirp&Drift

    Chirp&Drift By: Kathy Hinde Creative technologist:  Matthew Olden Poet : Sarah Hymas At: The Storey Gardens   Lancaster Arts, Arts at Lancaster University, Arts Council England   Chirp&Drift is a flock of small illuminated instruments temporarily making a home by nesting in a majestic beech tree in the Storey Gallery garden. The flock chatter in morse code ...

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  • Aura

    Aura By: Ronan Devlin At: The Library Commissioned as part of Shine, Light Up The North Emerging Artists’ Programme   A clever, cutting edge installation where a digital mirror reflects audience motion and emotion which creates an emotional feedback loop between artwork and audience. The moving image work captures audience form and feelings with camera and biometric sense technology. Each ...

    Read more
  • Colour Curiosity

    Colour Curiosity By: Megan Fell At: The Storey Commissioned as part of Shine, Light Up The North Emerging Artists’ Programme   Relive your childhood playfulness through this immersive experience, finding an alternative world of the drawers you had as a child. The bold/bright/colourful lights hidden within the drawers are waiting to be revealed along with some intriguing sounds. ...

    Read more
  • Electronika K9 Walk

    Electronika K9 Walk By: Jane Webb At: New Street Commissioned as part of Shine, Light Up The North Emerging Artists’ Programme   A charming, transforming light installation of a boy walking his dog home. A warm and instantly recognisable image but with an important message that we need to look after our planet, as this is the next generation’s ...

    Read more
  • Mirror Stage

    Mirror Stage By: Gillian Hobson At: The Storey Commissioned as part of Shine, Light Up The North Emerging Artists’ Programme   Using images from the artist’s own home to produce a kaleidoscope of moving image, colour and light, this immersive environment invites audiences to consider what it means to be ‘at home’ in the 21st Century. Featuring dual projections ...

    Read more
  • Now That The War is Over

    Now That The War Is Over By: David Chandler – film-maker Commissioned by: King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum At: Lancaster City Museum   November 2018 marks the Centenary of the Armistice which silenced the guns of the Great War. This poignant and affecting film installation uses photographs, archives and objects from the King’s Own Museum’s collections to mark the ...

    Read more
  • Home Thoughts

    Home Thoughts By: Brent Lees, BCL Lighting At: Various locations – come and explore the city!   Light is all around us but it’s often a background haze, a mere glow in the dark. But the light that leads us homeward safely, the direction finder that confirms we are heading on a known path is warm and comforting. Home Thoughts ...

    Read more
  • Shelter

    Shelter By: Dawn Latham, Graham Armstrong At: Inspire Gifts & Gallery   The journey home:  It doesn’t matter if you are returning from holiday, work, shopping or a family visit, we all have different reasons for our return home. The journey happens whether it is wet or dry, cold or hot so dress accordingly and take that first step ...

    Read more
  • Remembrance: 'Returning, We Hear The Larks’

    Remembrance: ‘Returning, We Hear The Larks’ By: Louise Ann Wilson At: The Priory   Marking the centenary of the end of World War One, Lancaster Priory hosts a new site-specific performance installation by the award-winning artist Louise Ann Wilson.   To reflect on lives forever changed by conflict and the loss of those who never returned home to Lancaster Remembrance: ‘...

    Read more
  • Lancashire Moon

    Lancashire Moon By: Hannah Fox and Jason Threlfall At: Lancaster Castle and Priory steps   Lancashire Moon gazes down upon Lancaster, its people and its homes, keeping a watchful eye over the whole Light Up Lancaster festival. The ever present, yet ever changing Moon, will be smiling, blinking, twitching and frowning – an outside observer, a familiar, never -missing-a-moment of the ...

    Read more
  • Fire Moon Dragon

    Fire Moon Dragon By: Shane Johnstone and Anna Read At: Dalton Square The Chinese Quarter and the Fire Moon Dragon commission has been created with the support of Lancaster University Confucius Institute.   The flight to China will explore themes of hope, home and identity. An impressive ‘Fire Moon Dragon’ created by artists Shane Johnstone and Anna Read, with the ...

    Read more
  • Home Planet

    Home Planet By: Illuminos At: The Judges’ Lodgings   For this year’s Light Up Lancaster Illuminos invite you to explore the universe, where extraordinary planets are waiting to be discovered.  Control the telescope and watch as stars and constellations are tracked and revealed on the transformed observatory of the Judges’ Lodgings.   Somewhere in the stars planets wait to ...

    Read more
  • House Down

    House Down By: imitating the dog with hip-hop artist Testament At: Lancaster Castle There’s no better place than Home Sweet Home, but when the big bad wolf knocks at the door, where do we run to, where do we find safety? Join us and hip-hop artist Testament in the grounds of Lancaster’s most recognisable ‘house’, for a fun ...

    Read more
  • Lancaster and Morecambe Makers

    Lancaster and Morecambe Makers At: Lancaster Library   Lancaster and Morecambe Makers (LAMM) bring a number of personal projects to Light Up Lancaster, each emitting visible, ultraviolet or laser light. Swing The Ultraviolet Chaos Pendulum and be hypnotised, turn the crank on the The Mechanical Laser Show Machine, try to get a tune out of The Electric Light Xylophone and ...

    Read more
  • No, 'Thing', Ness

    No, ‘Thing’, Ness By: Jason Graham At: The Storey   Art, light, illusion and contemplation all mix magically in these new, evocative installation pieces: Bubble and Head Space. Serene, intriguing and mesmerising this work, being shown for the first time at a light festival, is a memorable, intimate experience.

    Read more
  • Beautiful Birds

    Beautiful Birds By: Anna Read/Shane Johnstone/Sarah Hymas Commissioned by: Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, funding from The Big Lottery Fund At: The Storey   Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty commissioned artists Shane Johnstone and Anna Read and poet Sarah Hymas to work with Archbishop Hutton’s School in Warton and Ryelands School ...

    Read more
  • Fringe Event - Home is Where The Heart Is, St Thomas Church

    Home is Where The Heart Is St Thomas Church, Marton Street, Lancaster, LA1 1XX This 10-minute art installation takes place inside St Thomas Church and immerses visitors into a creation of light, video and sound which explores the themes of home and heart. Multiple video elements, lighting and projection combine with a soundtrack which adds narration and immersive audio elements. ...

    Read more
  • Fringe Event - FETE 3: TRAIL by Graft Arts Company

    FETE 3: TRAIL By: Graft Arts Company and Artists: Indrani Ashe Jayoon Choi Hannah Catherine Jones Eden Mitsenmacher Ayesha Tan Jones     A Light Up Lancaster fringe event, GRAFT presents a trail of video art through the city centre, presenting exceptional films in unexpected locations.   Come and discover our screens set in the windows of local businesses – shops, cafes, ...

    Read more
  • The Lancaster University Family Zone

    Join staff and students from Lancaster University’s Medical School and the Physics, History and Psychology Depts in Lancaster Library as they explore numbers, planets, colours, light and the secrets of the human body! Fri 2 Nov, 5:30pm – 10:00pm Sat 3 Nov, 5:30pm – 7:30pm   Professor Rob Young Quantum Technology Centre Random Revolution Using a 3D LED cube to demonstrate a new quantum ...

    Read more
  • The Pikooks

    The Pikooks By: Porté Par Le Vent: Christophe Martine At: Market Square   The Pikooks, a pair of majestic kites resembling snowy owls, soar gracefully into the Lancaster sky in a poetic courtship dance. These large and luminous birds, with gently spotted plumage, swirl entrancingly through the night sky in an enchanting aerial ballet, their slender silhouette, flying over luminous ...

    Read more
  • Coming Home To Roost

    Coming Home To Roost By: Sandy Gardner At: Market Square Capture the magical memories of Light Up Lancaster by taking the most colourful selfies you could dream of! With this series of interactive light art installations you and your friends can take fun and beautiful photos of each other with wings! Sandy Gardner’s stunning illuminated winged banners encourage your ...

    Read more
  • Saturday Daytime Workshops – Light Jars

    10am – 12pm At: Lancaster Museum Join in the fun and make fantastic ‘light jars’ from recycled glass jars. Use a mix of papers, paints and stickers for decoration to create delightful light related themes. You can and even use tissue paper to make your own stained-glass effect or black paper to make silhouettes. Our family friendly workshops during the day ...

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  • Saturday Daytime Workshops – Papercutting

    1pm – 3pm Age 7+ At: Lancaster Library Learn the ancient story and skills of papercutting by using manicure scissors and having fun creating intricate designs. Drawing skills not essential! You just need a steady hand and a bit of patience! Expect to proudly walk away at the end of the session with some beautiful hand-crafted items. Our family friendly workshops during ...

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  • Saturday Daytime Workshops – Lantern Making

    10am – 12pm At: Cornerstone, Sulyard St Join our artist Shreya Ghodke at this unique workshop to create your very own lantern and take it home as a memory of this year’s Light up Lancaster festival. Our family friendly workshops during the day on Saturday 3rd November are all free and are on a turn up/drop in basis.

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  • Saturday Daytime Workshops – Shadow Puppets

    1pm – 3pm At the Dukes Come and make a shadow puppet with artist Vanessa Card. Make a fabulous creature, that secretly lives in a hideaway home of your design. Vanessa will provide materials and inspiration if you need it, just bring your imagination. Our family friendly workshops during the day on Saturday 3rd November are all free and are on ...

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  • Saturday Daytime Workshops – Suncatchers

    2pm – 4pm At: Cornerstone, Sulyard St Get crafty and make your own colourful sun-catcher, with Joanna Cameron from Creation Station. This is a fun and easy creative activity for all ages. Our family friendly workshops during the day on Saturday 3rd November are all free and are on a turn up/drop in basis.

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  • Turn The Big Light On

    Turn The Big Light On By: More Music David Boultbee from Bread Art Collective At: Sun Square   Come on home. Enjoy a warm welcome that builds as each new member of the family, band, orchestra, choir arrives home to share stories of adventures and trails trod. Look and listen a little closer as we Turn the Big Light On ...

    Read more
  • Chirp&Drift

    Chirp&Drift By: Kathy Hinde Creative technologist:  Matthew Olden Poet : Sarah Hymas At: The Storey Gardens   Lancaster Arts, Arts at Lancaster University, Arts Council England   Chirp&Drift is a flock of small illuminated instruments temporarily making a home by nesting in a majestic beech tree in the Storey Gallery garden. The flock chatter in morse code ...

    Read more
  • Aura

    Aura By: Ronan Devlin At: The Library Commissioned as part of Shine, Light Up The North Emerging Artists’ Programme   A clever, cutting edge installation where a digital mirror reflects audience motion and emotion which creates an emotional feedback loop between artwork and audience. The moving image work captures audience form and feelings with camera and biometric sense technology. Each ...

    Read more
  • Colour Curiosity

    Colour Curiosity By: Megan Fell At: The Storey Commissioned as part of Shine, Light Up The North Emerging Artists’ Programme   Relive your childhood playfulness through this immersive experience, finding an alternative world of the drawers you had as a child. The bold/bright/colourful lights hidden within the drawers are waiting to be revealed along with some intriguing sounds. ...

    Read more
  • Electronika K9 Walk

    Electronika K9 Walk By: Jane Webb At: New Street Commissioned as part of Shine, Light Up The North Emerging Artists’ Programme   A charming, transforming light installation of a boy walking his dog home. A warm and instantly recognisable image but with an important message that we need to look after our planet, as this is the next generation’s ...

    Read more
  • Mirror Stage

    Mirror Stage By: Gillian Hobson At: The Storey Commissioned as part of Shine, Light Up The North Emerging Artists’ Programme   Using images from the artist’s own home to produce a kaleidoscope of moving image, colour and light, this immersive environment invites audiences to consider what it means to be ‘at home’ in the 21st Century. Featuring dual projections ...

    Read more
  • Now That The War is Over

    Now That The War Is Over By: David Chandler – film-maker Commissioned by: King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum At: Lancaster City Museum   November 2018 marks the Centenary of the Armistice which silenced the guns of the Great War. This poignant and affecting film installation uses photographs, archives and objects from the King’s Own Museum’s collections to mark the ...

    Read more
  • Home Thoughts

    Home Thoughts By: Brent Lees, BCL Lighting At: Various locations – come and explore the city!   Light is all around us but it’s often a background haze, a mere glow in the dark. But the light that leads us homeward safely, the direction finder that confirms we are heading on a known path is warm and comforting. Home Thoughts ...

    Read more
  • Shelter

    Shelter By: Dawn Latham, Graham Armstrong At: Inspire Gifts & Gallery   The journey home:  It doesn’t matter if you are returning from holiday, work, shopping or a family visit, we all have different reasons for our return home. The journey happens whether it is wet or dry, cold or hot so dress accordingly and take that first step ...

    Read more
  • Remembrance: 'Returning, We Hear The Larks’

    Remembrance: ‘Returning, We Hear The Larks’ By: Louise Ann Wilson At: The Priory   Marking the centenary of the end of World War One, Lancaster Priory hosts a new site-specific performance installation by the award-winning artist Louise Ann Wilson.   To reflect on lives forever changed by conflict and the loss of those who never returned home to Lancaster Remembrance: ‘...

    Read more
  • Lancashire Moon

    Lancashire Moon By: Hannah Fox and Jason Threlfall At: Lancaster Castle and Priory steps   Lancashire Moon gazes down upon Lancaster, its people and its homes, keeping a watchful eye over the whole Light Up Lancaster festival. The ever present, yet ever changing Moon, will be smiling, blinking, twitching and frowning – an outside observer, a familiar, never -missing-a-moment of the ...

    Read more
  • Fire Moon Dragon

    Fire Moon Dragon By: Shane Johnstone and Anna Read At: Dalton Square The Chinese Quarter and the Fire Moon Dragon commission has been created with the support of Lancaster University Confucius Institute.   The flight to China will explore themes of hope, home and identity. An impressive ‘Fire Moon Dragon’ created by artists Shane Johnstone and Anna Read, with the ...

    Read more
  • Home Planet

    Home Planet By: Illuminos At: The Judges’ Lodgings   For this year’s Light Up Lancaster Illuminos invite you to explore the universe, where extraordinary planets are waiting to be discovered.  Control the telescope and watch as stars and constellations are tracked and revealed on the transformed observatory of the Judges’ Lodgings.   Somewhere in the stars planets wait to ...

    Read more
  • House Down

    House Down By: imitating the dog with hip-hop artist Testament At: Lancaster Castle There’s no better place than Home Sweet Home, but when the big bad wolf knocks at the door, where do we run to, where do we find safety? Join us and hip-hop artist Testament in the grounds of Lancaster’s most recognisable ‘house’, for a fun ...

    Read more
  • Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular

    Saturday sees a return of the fantastic firework display! Join us from 6.30pm onwards at one of our designated viewing areas to see this amazing display of light and music which will start at 8pm. Remaining wristbands for Quay Meadow and Giant Axe can be ordered (subject to availability) from Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, ...

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