For this years LightNight 2016, 104 Duke Street decided to do something a little different, something they have never done before; currate an exhibition using none-studio artists. Through an open call, artists we’re ask to respond to the theme The Dark Side of LightNight; An exhibition exploring the shadowed side of the human condition.
The idea for the exhibition came from the purpose behind the work of the studios’ artist and wanting to sure the depth that art can be used in exploring and expressing a person’s thoughts, emotions and life.
The studio’s history and dim atmospheric feel lent itself well to the exhibition while enhancing the theme.
We were blow by the amount of interest and quality of applicants for the exhibition, it was a hard task but we selected works which we felt worked together as a whole but cover a diverse range of topics.
The result was eclectic exhibition of painting, photographs, textiles, drawings and videos, featuring works which examine loss, loneliness, unrequited love, memories, abandonment, dreams and fears. The works include visual interpretations of personal mental health experiences, therapeutic use of the creative process to ease physical and emotional pain, and pieces which encourage you to explore and question your own mind.
The exhibition ran from LightNight Friday 13th May and continued on the Saturday 14th Sunday 15th Mayfrom 11am-3pm.
The contributing artist
Akihito Izumi Alice Patrick Andy Wild Brendan Lyons Celia Dearden-Briggs Colette Lilley Daniel Regan Diana Terry Hanna Collingwood Jihoon Son Joanna Thomas Josie Jenkins Juan delGado Jude Gill Julie Dawn Dennis Jayne Simpson Lisa Furness Marion Kuit Marisa Culatto Patrick Kirk-Smith Sophia Kokinis Stephen King Veronica Gudmundson Susan Gillespie Susan Plover
To read artist’s statements about their work, please click here artiststatements
It was one of the studios busiest LightNights, with queues to see the work and performance and I think that was in part thanks Independent Liverpool. We we’re thrilled to have The Dark Side of LightNight make it into Independent Liverpool’s The Ulimate Guide to LightNight.
One of the main attractions of the exhibition was the performance by Be The Change Theatre Company who for LightNight only presented on the hour every hour a devised performance based on a true tale of modern day slavery. The performance was a huge success both for the actress’s Iona Thonger, Edwina Lea and in arising aware for the cause.
We also ran a donation bar, raising £70 for Transform International a charity fighting modern day slavery.
A review of The Dark Side of LightNight by artinliverpool can be found here.
We would like to thank all the artists, performers, open culture, artinliverpool, Independent Liverpool and everyone who help to make the exhibition such a success, Thank you.