The full programme and locations for Lumiere London 2018 have been announced with more than 50 artworks by UK and international artists set to transform the capital’s streets, buildings and public spaces into an extraordinary and immersive nocturnal art exhibition of light and sound.
The New Art Installations
Newly announced works include Tracey Emins poignant neon work, ‘Be Faithful to Your Dreams’, at St James’s Churchyard on Piccadilly. Also in St James’s, artist Alaa Minawi, pays tribute to Syrian refugees with ‘My Light is Your Light’. At King’s Cross, Entre les Rangs by Rami Bebawi and Kanva, invites visitors to walk through a shimmering field of illuminated reflective flower stems and Lampounette by French artistic studio TILT.
Tiny sparks of light will flicker throughout Mount Street Gardens, like shooting stars across a midnight sky in sound and light work by Atsara. In Fitzrovia, CONTROL NO CONTROL, an interactive LED sculpture will captivate audiences and at Westminster Cathedra, audiences can view a rose window with a difference, made from thousands of recycled plastic bottles and lit by the pedalling of stationary bicycles. Trafalgar Square will host a canopy of luminous spheres that will sail above the audiences filling the area with light.
A psychedelic new commission by Miguel Chevalier suspended above the pedestrianised Oxford Circus will respond to movements of the viewers below. Along South Bank, ‘The Wave’ by Vertigo consisting of forty triangular and interactive glowing gates will create a beacon of light along the river, while artist David Ward will illuminate the Rambert Building with Ramberts company of international dancers.
Who is behind the Lumiere?
Produced by arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by the Mayor of London, the four-night festival is completely free to attend. This year the second edition extends from North to South across six city destinations: London’s West End, King’s Cross, Mayfair, Fitzrovia, Westminster & Victoria, and South Bank & Waterloo .
Lumiere London is the capital’s largest art event and receives major support from London & Partners, London’s West End, King’s Cross and Bloomberg Philanthropies with additional support provided by a host of partners and funders including Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Wellcome, The Fitzrovia Partnership and the Victoria, South Bank and Waterloo BIDs, as well as Cain International, Marriott and Universal Music.
ST JAMES’S INSTALLATIONS
Be Faithful to Your Dreams by Tracey Emin (UK), St James’s Churchyard: Be Faithful to Your Dreams uses Emin’s own handwritten text, the message of which takes inspiration from her own life, and following the curves of pen marks on paper, blows and bends it into neon tubing which will glow a fluorescent blue.
My Light is Your Light by Alaa Minawi, (Palestine / Lebanon), St James’s Churchyard: This installation pays tribute to the Syrian refugees who have experienced extremely painful humanitarian conditions. The work was realised after Alaa Minawi worked for three years as an interpreter for Syrian, Iraqi, Sudanese and Somali refugees. Also see, Suspended, an installation artwork by Arabella Dorman inside St James’s Church Piccadilly.Illumaphonium by Michael Davis (UK), St James’ Gardens: Activated by touch, 100 illuminated bars make this musical sculpture sing. A multi-sensory installation with ever-changing patterns of light and sound.Spectral by Katarzyna Malejka & Joachim Sługocki (Poland), St James’s Square: Examine this colourful cord construction, illuminated to create a striking spectacle. Horizontal Interference is a powerfully poetic installation where natural and constructed elements combine, as the wind blows through the chords, they vibrate in response.Eden by Studio Roso (UK/Denmark), St James’s Market: Be dazzled by this glittering starburst of light reflected from thousands of tiny mirrored discs. Fusing architecture, art and design, Studio Roso make work that radiates the ephemeral nature of our environment.
Supercube by Stéphane Masson (France), St James’s Market, St James’s: French artist Stéphane Masson has been hijacking everyday objects for art projects since 2004, devoting his practice to making the familiar unfamiliar. For Supercube, Masson will transform 450 ordinary Kilner jars into a magical multi-screen cube full of surprises. A miniature giraffe, a pink elephant or a miniature version of yourself are just some of the many small moving images that can be found when you peer inside.Love Motion by Rhys Coren (UK), Royal Academy of Arts Courtyard, Piccadilly: The iconic art institution on Piccadilly will become the canvas for a brand new installation specially commissioned in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts and created by postgraduate student Rhys Coren. Inspired by the flowing lyrical movements of Matisse’s dancing figures, Coren has created an animation of two intricately paper-cut figures who will dance elegantly across the building’s stone facade, clasping each other in romantic embrace. Accompanied by a moving original soundtrack Love Motion will present a joyful burst of simple pleasure on a winter’s night.Anthea Harries, Head of St James’s says:“Lumiere London offers St James’s the opportunity to showcase its public spaces on an international scale. With its rich cultural heritage and its resonance with high quality craftsmanship we’re delighted to be part of such an artistic programme for the second display in the Capital. From interactive installations set against the cutting edge architectural back drop of St James’s Market to illuminating demonstrations in St James’s Square we look forward to welcoming people from across the globe to discover this Central London destination.”
LUMIERE OFFERS & PROMOTIONS IN ST JAMES’S:
Tonkotsu are taking over their sibling restaurant Anzu with a 2 month ramen residency.
They’ll be serving up delicious bowls of steaming ramen with their famous homemade noodles – including their new veggie Curried Pumpkin & Spiced Corn ramen and limited edition Venison & Walnut Miso ramen, alongside their selection of sides, sakes, beers & cocktails. So whether you’re planning to detox or ‘retox’ this January– St James’s Market is the place to get your ramen fix this winter.
1 Norris Street, St James’s Market, London, SW1Y 4RJ
From 5pm, 4th January – 25th February
Our creative bar team in The Rivoli Bar have created the London’s Lights cocktail in celebration of the Lumiere light festival.
The Royal Academy of Arts, whose façade will become a canvas for a Matisse-inspired animation for Lumiere, will be open until 10pm on Friday 18th January. From 5.15pm, enjoy entry to their innovative exhibition From Life for just £12. The exhibition covers 250 years of ideas and technology around the practice of making art from life, from drawing the model to virtual reality.
Further details about Lumiere London 2018 are available at: www.visitlondon.com/lumiere #LumiereLDN @ArtichokeTrust