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This international symposium had as it’s focus how light can be used to create buildings that promote human health and well-being. Attracting world renowned architects; designers; engineers and researchers, it provided an exciting forum for the exchange of ideas and for the sharing of innovative work in this field. This was a fantastic opportunity to present the En’Light’en project to an international audience and to make exciting links with others passionate about light!


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I am delighted to have presented the En’Light’en Project at the  7th VELUX DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM IN BERLIN, 3-4 MAY 2017 (http://thedaylightsite.com). Nearly 400 attendees were there to hear all about the project and the presentation was also streamed live to many thousands more. Featured in the presentation was my recent work with daylighting and light shelves. The Dynamic Light Shelf featured here  http://youtu.be/MnIxc07TKvU projects moving light patterns onto the ceiling. A direct link to nature and the weather conditions is created as  passing clouds and the movement of a tree (not visible in the space) are presented as a beautiful ever-changing light show.


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Painting with light at the Wolsfon Institute, Durham University. A study of the natural fall of light in the main atrium space led to the development of a series of ‘Prismatic Light Shelves’ that reflect and refract light patterns beyond the natural fall of light. Staff and students witness the space transformed by projected light and colour. I am currently developing a range of light shelves which reflect and refract light in various ways adding texture, colour and movement. Discretely located, building users see the only the light projections, which will change over the forthcoming weeks and months. Their responses to the changes are being invited and recorded.


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An exciting start to 2017 with my appointment as Artist in Residence at Durham University. Supported by the Leverhulme Trust, this appointment will enable me to build on the exciting work currently underway in the En’Light’en project, which has been made possible with the support of the Arts Council. The residency will extend this amazing project and unite artistic practice with engineering and computer scientists; medical humanities and biomedical scientists.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/wolfson.institute/


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The Ouseburn Open Studios weekend hosted an exhibition entitled ‘Process’ at the 36 Lime Street Gallery. This provided an exciting oppportunity to exhibit work in progress and some experimental models produced in the studio as part of the En’Light’en project. Over the weekend, 2500 visitors attended the exhibition and were invited to consider the question: ‘can light make you feel better?’. Scale models of imagined spaces demonstrated how environments may be changed through light projection and reflection. The ‘texturing’ of light was explored with a dramatic curved wall made up of pivoting mirrors which cast dappled light onto the surroundings, reminiscent of lightfall through trees.


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