LewesLight returns for 2020

Pic: James McCauley

(UK) – LewesLight will take place from 28 February – 1 March.

After four years of creating new and exciting installations in light, sound and space in and around the East Sussex town of Lewes, organisers have announced that LewesLight will return in 2020.

Created in response to the UNESCO International Year of Light in 2015, LewesLight has been held annually ever since, and the next instalment will take place over the weekend of 28 February – 1 March.

For its next edition, LewesLight will be exploring environmental stories, starting with the beauty of moonlight and shadow through to the play of light on water. The festival’s artists and designers will also investigate some of the more troubling issues of our time, looking at the impact that human civilisation is having on our planet: climate emergency, rising sea levels, plastic, the impact we have on wildlife and biodiversity, and what this means for the future.

The festival is a community event, and takes place due to the hard work of both professional and community volunteers, and the support of event partners. For the 2020 event, LewesLight is working with the Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust R.A.T.S Group, and the Environment Agency to involve secondary school children in the event, raising awareness of sea level rises due to global warming.

Organisers are also working with Making Lewes to develop a community workshop, and with The Manor Green College in Crawley to involve children with learning difficulties in the production of one of the installations.

Education is at the heart of the festival, as through work with local school children, organisers hope to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), showing how these subjects are inseparable from creativity, art and design.

The event’s professional team will also be working with undergraduate and postgraduate students from Brighton University School of Art, University College London (UCL), Rose Bruford College and Northbrook MET, providing opportunities for mentoring and experience right through the creative process, through to delivering the final event.

Confirmed contributors for LewesLight 2020 include: BDP, Nulty, Studio Fractal and Studio 29, alongside designers and artists Michelle Dufaur, Maggie Lambert, Carl Robertshaw, Shadow Cabinet, Galit Shaltiel, Eleni Shiarlis and Tim Minter.

The festival’s other partners for this year’s event are: Lewes Town Council, Lewes District Council, The Depot Cinema, Trinity South Malling and Sussex Events. Supporters for the event include: Commercial Lighting, iGuzzini, Architainment, Light Projects, Rosco, Mode Lighting, The ILP and the SLL.