06. Journey Into Light
Artist: Chila Kumari Burman MBE (UK)
Location: Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, LS1 3AA
Thursday & Friday, 6.30pm-10.30pm
What 3 Words: ///money.could.salsa
Performance key: Indoor • Busy
Chila Kumari Burman’s time as a student at Leeds Polytechnic from 1977 to 1981 happened to be at a time when so many exciting social and cultural developments were taking place. Among other events, Leeds was a city which was beginning to be a major centre for Punk’s revolutions in music, fashion and lifestyle making her time at the Polytechnic particularly exciting and productive.
Chila’s studies in printmaking and the opportunity it provided to establish a personal visual language resulted in a successful application to Slade School of Art post-graduate studies in printmaking and permanent residence in London. For the next forty years she has been working across the UK and abroad leading workshops in printmaking, presenting her own shows and taking part in group exhibitions leading up to the Tate Winter project of 2021 where she created her first series of neon works.
Over the past two years these have taken her and her work to a wide variety of venues including this project here in Leeds, animating Leeds Art Gallery with her vibrant neon works for Light Night.
Artists: Richard Wheater (UK)
Location: Central Court, Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, LS1 3AA
Thursday & Friday, 6.30pm – 10pm
What 3 Words: ///money.could.salsa
Performance key: Indoor • Busy • Ramp Access
Yorkshire based neon artist, Richard Wheater, has taken the idea of the rainbow, nature’s most stunning display of natural light, and designed a bespoke new work for the city of Leeds. However, this gas-filled glass suspended installation is not a rainbow but a glory. A glory is made of sunlight scattered back toward you. It’s much smaller than a rainbow, and it’s made by light scattered from the droplets of a cloud, instead of falling raindrops. NASA use the technical term Glory which seems like a fitting name for the piece. Richard worked with a group of young people from Leeds and Wakefield’s Neon Workshops to create this stunning large-scale artwork.
Originally funded by LeedsWaterfront Enhancement Fund and supported by YBS. This artwork will be available to view until 22nd October.
Photo Credit: David Lindsay
08. Light Night at the Library
Leeds Central Library’s Ground Floor will be brimming with activities on Light Night. Relax in the chill-out sensory area, get creative with craft activities and have lots of fun with games. Great for families!
09. Word Fishing
Word Fishing reimagines the iconic granite front of the Henry Moore Institute as though looking down through water and time, with layers of aquatic life evoking layers of language. Listen to poet Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo read their specially commissioned poem, as Molly Fairhurst’s beautiful illustrations are brought to life on the illuminated façade of the building.
Word Fishing is part of The Weight of Words exhibition, open 10am-5pm Tuesday Sunday until 26 November 2023, free entry.
Location: Leeds Cathedral, Cookridge Street, LS2 8BE
Friday 7pm – 10pm
What 3 Words: ///bronze.author.legal
Performance key: Indoor • Quieter Venue • Sound
Accessibility: Step free access from Great George St
Leeds Cathedral will once again open its doors to visitors on Light Night. Opened in 1904 it is a fine example of an arts and crafts design building. Come and enjoy the beauty of its artwork and sculpture, light a candle in its peaceful interior, and enjoy the sound of music and word.
How serious are the promises we make to one another, the vows we take? What about the pledges made by our public leaders?
Public Trust asks you to make a promise and examine the value of your word. Your vow is recorded in a drawing you can keep, and then displayed on a monumental marquee board for passers-by to see. This board places your words alongside other promises made by politicians, scientists, economists, corporations and weather forecasters, all chosen daily from headline news.
Part of Transform 23 international festival: transformfestival.org. Presented in association with Fierce. Originally commissioned by Now + There.
PLEASE NOTE THIS ARTWORK HAS NOW MOVED TO THE LIGHT, THE HEADROW, LEEDS, LS1 8TL, AND WILL BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW FROM 12TH – 14TH OCTOBER 12PM-10.30PM