Headrow Zone

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

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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.

07. Glory


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

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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


Artist: Various Artists (UK)

Location: Ground Floor, Central Library, Calverley Street, LS1 3AB

Friday 6.30pm – 10.0pm

What 3 Words: ///taken.spare.ample

Performance key: Indoor

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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


Artist: Various

Location: Henry Moore Institute, Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, LS1 3AH

Thursday & Friday 6.30pm – 10.30pm

What 3 Words: ///slate.cones.tribune

Performance key: Indoor • Sound

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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.

10. Sanctuary


Artist: Various

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.

Public Trust


Artist: Paul Ramírez Jonas (USA)

Location: The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL

Thu 12, Fri 13, & Sat 14 Oct 12–10.30pm

What 3 Words: ///making.spike.booth

Performance key:  Indoor • Participatory

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.