Community Projects

Artichoke are very pleased to be working with over 400 participants in workshops across County Durham to produce three stunning artworks for LUMIERE. The artworks will use light in its different forms, ranging from UV light to projection to LED and will be collaborations between professional artists and writers, local children and young people, colliery bands, ex-miners and the women of HM Low Newton Prison.
The ideas generated and the materials produced in these workshops will come together to create artworks that will be presented as part of LUMIERE in Durham in November. These artworks are the fibre-optic mining banners of Ad Astra Per Aspera, a series of stories and fibs on Lightwriting's cube, River of Light, the parade that will open the festival, and the touching Wish Comet, that reflects the hopes of the women of Low Newton Prison.

Our family workshops, on the Science of Light, on Saturday and Sunday will also get you glowing! Experiment with paints that change colour in the heat, make fluorescent cup-cakes and jelly for a 'glow in the dark' feast, create your own luminous mask inspired by the grotesques of Durham Cathedral, design unique jewellery using UV playdoh, create a work of art from thermophile images and play in the Dark Den with all your UV creations.

For more information about LUMIERE's community projects, please contact