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North east lights up in November

  • Date: 28 October 2011
  • Area: North
Lumiere Festival in Durham

Durham cityscape for Lumiere 2009. Credit: Matthew Andrews

Our Grants for the arts scheme will support two exciting events in the region, which will light up historic landmarks.

SHIMMER is a programme of free outdoor art installations on the Whitley Bay seafront, taking place from 5 - 6 November. The centrepiece of SHIMMER is Diversión, a unique animated projection onto the exterior of the Spanish City Dome.

Diversión was specially commissioned from Newcastle-based Novak Collective to mark the centenary of the Dome last year. Such was the interest in the work that it is being shown again over two nights.

SHIMMER also features new commissions, including Flash Fog by Colin Priest, an installation inspired by the phenomenon of the haar or sea fret and 5 O'clock Shadow by Arcus Studios, from Gateshead, a shadow-puppet style animation projected onto the beach.

For full details of all these works, plus a site map, visit the Shimmer website

Later in November (17 - 20), Durham will host LUMIERE: the UK's largest light festival. The festival brings together 35 different installations created by UK and international artists working with light in every conceivable way. From dramatic installations, vast animated projections and rivers of light, to subtle interventions on buildings, streets and bridges, the artworks in LUMIERE will create a city-wide nocturnal trail.

Highlights will include a visit from French fire alchemists Compagnie Carabosse who have created Spirit, a fire garden through the Cathedral gardens, cloisters, and even inside the building itself.

Artists Tracey Emin, Martin Creed, Claire Fontaine and Tim Etchells will all make their mark on Durham with a series of neons strategically placed on significant buildings around the city.

To see the full programme of the festival visit