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NoHL: Pockets of Light


NoHL - Multi-Angular Tower, York. Photo: Lee Wright

In celebration of the anniversary of the Night of Heritage Light (NoHL), during which the Society of Light and Lighting lit 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites in celebration of the International Year of Light 2016, SLL held a second NoHL in York on 24 October 2015.


NOHL - St Leonard's Hospital, York. Photo: Lee Wright

NoHL 2 was organised by a team of SLL Members led by Dan Lister MSLL, Helen Marsh MSLL, David Battersby MSLL and Liz Peck FSLL, in order to continue the legacy of the International Year of Light 2015 and NoHL. It celebrated the expertise of the Society's members, as well as the art and science of lighting.

Liz Peck, the then SLL President came up with the idea of a second NoHL at the York Masterclass which took place in February 2016, and was held at the Hospitium within the Museum Gardens in York city centre. The picturesque and historical site prompted the idea to repeat the event in York in October 2016. As the plans progressed, a conversation began between Dan Lister and the organisers of the annual illuminating York festival.

Eventually, it was agreed that NoHL 2 would take place just prior to the beginning of illuminating York on Monday 24 October, setting the scene for the rest of the week. However, in addition to making arrangement for NoHL 2, Dan and the SLL team were also making plans to hold an event called Pockets of Light within illuminating York, involving local schools in the lighting design for four historical sites to be included in the festival.


St Leonards Hospital - Pockets of Light, Illuminating York. Design by students at York College, photo: LPA Lighting


Students from York College, Fulford School, St Wilfrid's RC Primary School and The Mount School took part in SLL workshops last month in which they received hands-on lessons about the art and science of light and lighting design. Their resulting designs were then put before a panel of SLL judges, with the winners used to illuminate St Leonard’s Hospital, St Michael-Le-Belfrey, Exhibition Square and the Multangular Tower in the city’s Museum Gardens.


Multi-Angular Tower - Pockets of Light, Illuminating York. Design by students from Fulford School, photo: LPA Lighting


Alexandra Cornel Atkinson, a 2nd year student on a production arts programme at York College who attended the workshop ‘Introduction to architectural lighting’, said: “I found the workshop interesting, learning about how architectural lighting has similarities to theatrical lighting, also the use of additive colour mixing with red, green and blue LEDs and white LEDs and the way they produce wonderful subtle hues that I will continue to use on other installations and productions.” Jane Conway, Head Teacher of St Wilfrids, said "St Wilfrid's was delighted to take part in the illuminating York project. The challenge of designing a light display for a section of the city walls not only captured the imagination of our Year 6s, it also gave them an exciting, hands-on science experience to remember."


Exhibition Square - Pockets of Light, Illuminating York. Design by student at St Wilfred's Primary School, Photo: LPA Lighting


Dan Bodey, Deputy Head of Fulford School, said: “This was a fantastic activity that engaged and inspired our students. The chance to learn new skills, rooted in such a high profile in our city was a real opportunity. We targeted our female scientists to respond to an ongoing need to encourage this cohort nationally to be exposed to scientific careers and activities - they loved it. Thank you to all involved in offering this activity and particularly the fabulous trainers”

Jeff Shaw, President of the Society of Light and Lighting, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with students in York to create these spectacular designs for illuminating York, and also to have had the opportunity to demonstrate the exciting potential of light as an art and a science.

“Light is an important part of how we experience the world around us, and by working with the students to light their own city we are also helping them to think differently about the spaces around them. The designs the students created were fantastic, and I’d like to congratulate them on their hard work.”


St Michael le Belfrey - Pockets of Light, Illuminating York. Design by students at the Mount School, photo: LPA Lighting


Jeff Shaw, President of the Society of Light and Lighting, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with The students’ work was visible as part of illuminating York from 26th – 29th of October. A full list of the sites and the school that designed them is: St Leonards – York College, Multangular Tower – Fulford School, St Michaels – The Mount School, Exhibition Square – St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School.

Each of the 87 pupils/students that took part in the workshops will receive an Arts Award Discover certificate. Arts Award is an Arts Council England initiative that inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents. You can find out more via www.artsaward.org.uk 

They will also receive a Digital Adventurers certificate - a scheme developed with The Guild of Media Arts via York's designation as a UNESCO City of Media Arts. The Digital Adventurers scheme aims to support and develop the next generation of talent across a range of digital and media art forms - more information via www.cityofmediaarts.com

Please see additional images from NoHL 2 and Pockets of Light below:


NOHL - Mult-Angular Tower, York. Photo: LPA Lighting


NOHL - Multi-Angular Tower, York. Photo: Lee Wright


NOHL - Multi-Angular Tower. Photo: David Battersby


NOHL - St. Leonards Hospital, York. Photo: Lee Wright


Exhibition Square - Pockets of Light, Illuminating York. Design by student at St Wilfred's Primary School, Photo: LPA Lighting


Multi-Angular Tower - Pockets of Light, Illuminating York. Design by students from Fulford School, photo: LPA Lighting


St Michael le Belfrey - Pockets of Light, Illuminating York. Design by students at the Mount School, photo: LPA Lighting


St Leonards Hospital - Pockets of Light, Illuminating York. Design by York College, photo: LPA Lighting