As we all look up from Leeds to the same cold skies of the Northern Hemisphere during the winter months, this installation reimagines this act of unity through the immensity and magnificence of the Northern Lights. It will invite us to transcend our differences and come together to celebrate the cultural vibrancy and diversity of the North of England.
“The Northern Lights” transforms Cuthbert Brodrick’s iconic Grade I-listed Corn Exchange, as the arcing ceiling soaring high overhead takes on the purple, ever-changing hues of the Aurora Borealis.
Pioneering artist, director and inventor Dave Lynch works alongside Light Artist Adam Glatherine, regular collaborator Suzie Cross as Creative Producer and Lighting Designer, and Paul Sheard as Project Manager.
Adam Glatherine is a Light Artist who creates and illuminates sculptural and architectural forms.
Suzie Cross and Dave Lynch are frequent collaborators. Cross’ previous projects include producing Leeds’ 2016 Light Night.
Paul Sheard, Lighting Designer and Project Manager, has over twenty years’ experience creating lighting wizardry for theatre, concert tours and festivals.
Dave Lynch’s previous work “Project Nimbus”, nominated for the 2016 ARS Electronica STARTS Prize, was the inaugural projection of moving images onto clouds, from an aircraft.
The Aurora Borealis originates from the electromagnetic energy of the sun’s solar flares. Upon collision with the earth’s magnetic fields, the sun’s energy flows to the Polar Regions, reacting with our atmosphere to create the glorious and mysterious Northern Lights.