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14th Ready Steady Light celebrates basic engineering and design

Lighting design practice Speirs + Major are celebrating their double success, after bagging two out of three awards at the 14th annual Ready Steady Light event organised by the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL)

The competition took place at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup, on Tuesday 22 March, where 15 teams competed against each other by designing and setting up temporary exterior installations with a range of equipment, in only 180 minutes.

This year, the Speirs + Major team were awarded the Best Technical Solution by the SLL panel of judges, AECOM were awarded the Artistic Award by the IALD panel and Speirs + Major took their second award of the evening, given the Peers prize by their fellow contestants.

Winner of the SLL Best Technical Solution prize by team Speirs + Major. Photo by Ryan Lawrence

Each team was allocated a site around the College’s campus at random. Focusing on a return to basic engineering and design, the teams then lit each site in its natural state with designated equipment, having to overcome challenges without a budget and within the time constraints. Students enrolled in Rose Bruford College’s Lighting and Design BA course supported the event and had the opportunity to speak to and assist lighting professionals working in this unique environment.

Winner of the Artistic Award by team AECOM. Photo by Ryan Lawrence

An SLL member led each team, and each organisation was only allowed one team. Each year newcomers are welcomed to take part and members of the public are welcomed to see the installations from 6pm until 8pm. Three prizes are then awarded for the Best Technical Solution, judged by SLL, the Most Creative Effect, judged by IALD and the Peer Prize, judged by the teams themselves.

Ready Steady Light installation by GIA Equation. Photo by Ryan Lawrence

Ready Steady Light is held in partnership with Rose Bruford College and supported by the IALD. Further support and equipment is provided by Philips, Lee Filters, Whitelight and Anolis. The teams came from a variety of organisations and institutions including; AECOM, Brunel, Future Designs, GIA Equation, Light Bureau, MID Lighting, Nulty+, Philips, Rose Bruford, Speirs + Major, Thorlux and UCL.

Ready Steady Light installation by team UCL B. Photo by Ryan Lawrence

The SLL, along with Philips also had the pleasure of sponsoring the Junior Ready Steady Light competition, which took place on Saturday 19th March 2016, at Rose Bruford College. Following the first heat of Junior Ready Steady Light, Rose Bruford College invited the 6 successful teams to participate in a full day of activities that lead up to the final competition and prize-giving ceremony.

Ready Steady Light installation by team Rose Bruford. Photo by Ryan Lawrence

Teams are invited to enter from state schools, further education colleges and art organisations working with young people to participate in a full day of activities that lead up to the final competition and prize-giving ceremony.