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Pockets of Light 2017

As a part of Night of Heritage Light 2017, the second instalment of Pockets of Light took place in Oxford on 29 September 2017.

The concept of Pockets of Light is to challenge students from local schools to produce a lighting design for the Society of Light & Lighting (SLL) team to realise on the night of the event.

This year the SLL engaged with three local schools, City of Oxford College, St Gregory the Great and North Kidlington primary school. Over the summer SLL President Richard Caple, SLL Secretary Brendan Keely and Regional Lighting Representative Sonia Pepperell delivered lighting workshops at each school.

The workshops provided the chance for students to get ‘hands on’ with light fittings and learn about light, colour and floodlighting technique. After each workshop, the students were invited to design a lighting scheme for one of the Bodleian Library’s façades.  

North Kidlington Primary School

SLL President Richard Caple said, “I have been really pleased with the way the workshops have gone. We have had the opportunity to talk to well over 60 students about light and the lighting industry. It has amazed me how much they have picked up in just 60 minutes, and the designs that they have produced have been fantastic. They will be a real challenge for our design teams”.

St Gregory the Great

In total over 60 lighting design submissions came in. Each school had a set façade of the Bodleian that comprised of either the North, South or West façades. A judging process then took place with members of Oxford University, Curiosity Carnival and the SLL. After much deliberation, the judges selected a winner from each school. In addition to the winners, many received commendation on their effort and originality.

City of Oxford College

On the evening of 29 September, alongside the Night of Heritage Light and the Oxford Curiosity Carnival, lighting experts from Arup and Tholrux brought each of the winning designs to life in the Quad of the Bodleian Library. See the final installations below!

Photo: (c) Dan Paton -

You can see more images from the Night of Heritage Light and Pockets of Light on Twitter via @SLL100 #NOHL #PocketsofLight

To find out more about this event, please contact:
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