Durham’s Lumiere organisers announce artists

I Haven't Changed My Mind in a Thousand Years by Beth J Ross, created for a previous Lumiere festival
I Haven't Changed My Mind in a Thousand Years by Beth J Ross, created for a previous Lumiere festival
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THE team behind one of the region’s biggest art celebrations has announced which artists have been recruited to create pieces to showcase at the festival.

Artichoke, which produces Durham’s Lumiere, has confirmed it has commissioned four finalists in its search for local artists as it makes preparations for this November’s run.

Once again, we’ve had an amazing response to the call for BRILLIANT proposals, and the panel had to choose from many intriguing creative ideas.

Kate Harvey, Artichoke producer

As part of its BRILLIANT programme, it sent out a plea for people from across the North East to come up with pieces using the medium of light to go on display at the three-day event, with 108 proposals submitted.

Durham’s Richard Hornsby, who runs an education consultancy business, will work with jeweller Alison Lowery, a retired doctor who has studied video, digital imaging and glass at Sunderland University, and Victoria Macleod, a retired teacher from Great Lumley, are among those picked.

Kate Harvey, Artichoke producer said: “Once again, we’ve had an amazing response to the call for BRILLIANT proposals, and the panel had to choose from many intriguing creative ideas.

“This year’s winning proposals include playful interpretations as well as a fascinating mix of art and science, appropriately enough given that 2015 is the UNESCO International Year of Light.”

Lucy Jenkins, curator of the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery, was a judge.

He said: “The winning ideas really stood out in terms of their artistic potential and the detailed consideration that had gone into the plans for realising the projects.”

The other artists selected are Robyn Wright from Darlington, and Northumbria University student Louise Mackenzie.

Lumiere will be held from Thursday, November 12, to Sunday, November 15.