Illuminating Oxford: Two nights of spectacular light and sound come to Oxford
Sculptor Peter Walker and local composer David Harper (both part of the artist collective Luxmuralis) have worked alongside staff and curators of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Pitt Rivers Museum, University Church of St Mary the Virgin and Bodleian Libraries to bring their hidden collections, research and archive to life in the public domain. The artworks will be projected on a magnificent scale over two nights on some of Oxford’s most iconic buildings.
15th November 2019 18:00 – 22:00
Luxmuralis: This Diverse World at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum
Luxmuralis have worked with Beyond the Binary, community groups and artists to respond to the Museums’ collections in new ways. The artwork celebrates the diversity of the natural world and its inhabitants. A unique, free and accessible encounter from the street outside the Museum.
16th November 2019 17:30 – 21:30
Luxmuralis: Space: God, the Universe and Everything at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin
As we celebrate fifty years since humans set foot on the moon, the University Church will host a stunning visual spectacle inspired by the 1969 Moon landing. The exhibition features internal Son-et-Lumiere, sound and light-based art installations that transform the internal space of the church.
16th November 2019 18:00 – 22:00
Luxmuralis: Talking Maps Lightshow at the Bodleian Libraries Old School Quadrangle
The Talking Maps Lightshow returns to the Old School Quadrangle of the Bodleian Library for Illuminating Oxford. Stunning images from the Bodleian Library’s current exhibition Talking Maps will be projected onto Oxford’s most iconic architecture using the latest digital techniques, transforming this picturesque corner of Oxford into a break-taking light show.
Illuminating Oxford is part of this year’s Christmas Light Festival produced by Oxford City Council. This year’s festival “Discovery” is inspired by scientific discovery and by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. It runs Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November with lots of exciting events over the weekend of the festival. Oxford’s cultural organisations come together to present a dazzling array of performances, exhibitions, events and workshops for everyone in Oxford to enjoy.
Last year audience members described the artworks as “eye-opening”. This year the display will be even more spectacular, kicking off with This Diverse World on Friday 15th November on the facade of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, with multiple displays happening simultaneously on the Saturday night inside the University Church of St Mary the Virgin and the Bodleian Libraries. Audiences will follow a light trail around Oxford to experience the extraordinary displays of artwork and music against the architecture of the historic buildings. Museums’ collections will be displayed and the diverse stories behind them told through an experience that is unlike any other. Unique, free and accessible to all.
Illuminating Oxford 2019 is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
No parking on site. Parking available nearby on St Giles’ Street. Park & Ride suggested.
Wrap up warm.
Luxmuralis Artist Profiles
Peter Walker is Lead Artist and Artistic Director for Luxmuralis. With over 20 years experience as an artist and sculptor Peter has been creating work with moving image and light since 2007. Peter has created and directed major projects around the UK. Currently Peter is Artist in Residence and Artistic Director at Lichfield Cathedral. Peter brings this experience of large scale projection work to help realise this project as a high quality, high impact new artworks. Other recent works from Luxmuralis include: Poppy Field which toured Cathedrals around the UK; Lichtfestival in Limburg Germany; Earth What a Wonderful World – Lichfield Cathedral; The Maker of Middle Earth – Bodleian Libraries. Peter is presently working on major fine art projects in addition to his work as Artistic Director at Luxmuralis.
David Harper is a collaborative artist working with artists from multiple disciplines. He is Lead Artist and Composer for the Luxmuralis team. David has been working in composition for over 17 years and has worked for the BBC, Channel 4 and national theatre productions. David also creates sound art installations which combines his musical composition with video and film and are frequently exhibited at art events, museums and in public spaces throughout the U.K.
Kathryn Walker is a freelance fine artist, social anthropologist and researcher who works outside of institutions within communities and can be described as developing a socially engaged artistic practice. Currently Kathryn’s research is focused upon aspects of British culture, the projects here offer an insight into the microcosms found within fields of research that have been studied in the UK to gain insight into anthropological areas of investigation, and will be of interest to anyone currently looking at areas such as: Material culture, History, Art, Environmental Landscape, Economy, Health and Education. The research methodology used here has gained qualitative data through participant observation, ethnography, interviews, narrative, audio and visual filmography and photography.
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