National Media Museum
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Little Horton Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ
National Media Museum

Light Fantastic: Adventures in the Science of Light (18 July – 1 November) explores the art and science of capturing and creating light with some unusual exhibits, fun workshops and interactive shows.

The Museum will illuminate the stories behind weird and wonderful inventions from the National Collections of Photography, Cinematography and Television which are dedicated to the use of light.  Families will be able to immerse themselves in specially-commissioned art installations and demonstrations, as well as make their own light creations.

Claire Hampton, Curator of Light Fantastic, said: “Almost our entire National Collections embody the use of light – whether it’s taking photographs, making films or transmitting television images. Along with our specially-commissioned artist programme and lots of free activities, Light Fantastic offers a great deal for families to explore and enjoy over the summer.”


An Additive Mix by Liz West

18 July – 1 November. Drop in, FREE

The incredible phenomenon of white light being made from a spectrum of colour is explored in a brand new installation by artist Liz West, commissioned by the National Media Museum. Visitors of all ages can walk among hundreds of coloured fluorescents (additive colours) which combine with infinity mirrors to create an endless white light in a purpose-built 10m x 5m room.


Playing the Collections by Noise Orchestra

10 September – 1 November. Drop in, FREE

Light Fantastic’s second artist residency features Manchester-based David Birchall and Vicky Clarke, known collectively as Noise Orchestra. Working with the principles of graphical sound they’ll use electronics, photocells and sound frequencies to ‘play’ objects from the Museum’s collection, culminating with a live, immersive, light and sound show.  During the residency visitors will have the opportunity to take part in an experimental drop-in lab where they can make and play their own paper sculptures.

The artist programme in Light Fantastic has received Grants for the Arts National Lottery funding from Arts Council England.

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