Workington Winter Lightworks Festival 2007

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The Workington Winter Lightworks Festival returned for a second year at the beginning of 2007 to showcase a diverse range of work by thirteen of the hottest and most innovative young designers and artists from near and far. There were participating artists from Sweden, Iran, Turkey, Korea and Taiwan as well as Penrith, Brampton and Cleator Moor. The festival commissions new light-Winter Lights 07 - Chambersbased artworks, and borrows existing artworks, for display in shop windows in Workington town centre. The aim is to brighten up the town during the dark winter months.

The festival trail was open to the public every day until the end of March 2007. Each artwork was accompanied by a text panel with more details about the artist and artwork.

About the artists and artworks in 2007

Artist: Debby Akam
Artwork: Solway Sunset
Location: Park Fisheries, Oxford Street
Penrith-based artist Debby Akam's work is an abstract seascape made using layers of coloured transparent perspex and electroluminescent wires. Lights 07 - Vixen

Artist: Katherine Buzsaki
Artwork: Threads of Light
Textile designer and weaver Katherine Buzsaki's Threads of Light installation was made using hand-dyed fibre optic tubing, monofilament and metallic wires.

Artist: Danielle Chappell
Artwork: Seaside Exposure
Location: Workington Regeneration, Ramsay Brow
Embroidery graduate Danielle Chappell's artwork was originally commissioned for Blackpool's Festival of Light display, and has been exchanged in return for the loan of one of Workington's 2005/06 commissions, Sparkle Boxes by Jeremy Lord. To learn more about Blackpool Festival of Light visit

Artist: Jane Dudman
Artwork: untitled
Location: Jay's Coffee Shop
Brampton-based visual artist Jane Dudman has collaborated with Southfield Technology College to produce this light- and sound-based work which uses recordings of the human voice in conversation.
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Artist: Steve Hines
Artwork: Chrome Blue
Location: Treats cafe, Finkle Street
Steve Hines' artwork renders a kettle into a useless artwork by substituting the heating element with a cool blue neon light.

Artist: Anna Magdalena Johannson
Artwork: Tree Room Divider
Location: Chamber's Homecentre, Murray RoadWinter Lights - Tree Room Divider
Swedish textile artist and recent graduate Anna Magdalena Johannson's elegant Tree Room Divider is an illuminated image of a tree made by piercing holes in paper on a wooden frame.

Artist: David Kirshner
Artwork: The Eyes Have It
Location: Specsavers, Murray Road
This commissioned artwork consists of a series of light boxes embellished with Morse Code notation spelling the artwork's title.

Artist: Ali McCaw
Artwork: Time Shadows
Location: Cre8 Building, Oxford Street
A light-based installation created by artists Ali McCaw and Celia Burbush in collaboration with pupils from Victoria Nursery and Infant School, to be installed in February.

Artist: Soner Ozenc & John WischhusenWinter Lights 07 - Barclays
Artwork: Glowings
Location: Barclays Bank, Finkle Street
Up and coming London-based Turkish designer Soner Ozenc's blue Glowings are luminescent butterfly lights that give off a soft diffused glow from their wings. They were made as part of a joint project with product and lighting designer John Wischhusen, whose work explores the process of mechanical movement.

Artist: Gary Powers
Artwork: Monument
Location: June's Childrenswear, Wilson Street
Gary Powers' Monument is a maquette for a large-scale public sculpture made of discarded objects and children's toys, built in a spiral around a tree. 

Artist: Ali Siahvoshi
Artwork: Hungry
Location: Tognarelli's Coffee Shop, Pow Street
Iranian artist Ali Siahvoshi's witty and experimental piece transforms cutlery to create an elegant chandelier appropriate for a cafe window. The chandelier gives an everyday object a new function.
Winter Lights - Night Maker
Artist: Studio Make Light
Artwork: Night Maker
Location: Boots the Chemist, Murray Road
Studio Make Light are a small team of designers, Minsang Cho and Sam Liu. The artwork on display is an elegant chandelier of blue translucent resin light bulbs previously exhibited at London Design Week.

Artist: Studio Make Light
Artwork: Light_light
Location: Cre8 Building, Oxford Street
Three of Studio Make Light's designs are on display, each a kinetic lighting sculpture which appears to be a mechanical pair of flying wings.
Winter Lights 07 - Bike Bank
Artist: Richard Wood
Artwork: Bike Bank
Location: Bike Bank, Marketplace
Cleator Moor-based artist Richard Wood was commissioned to create a display for the Bike Bank's impressive windows. The installation is a curve of circular fluorescent lights tinted with contrasting colours and supported by bike parts.

About the artists in 2005/06

Seven artists were commissioned to provide installations for the 2005/06 display, and many were inspired to create new work especially for the Workington festival. Participating shops in 2005/06 included Civvy Street Menswear, Coffeeworks, Cumberland Building Society, Derwent Bookshop, June’s Childrenswear, Quayside Kitchens, Tognarelli’s coffee shop, Vixen and Adam’s Kids. Several of the shops hosted an existing artwork on loan for the festival; others worked with an artist to commission a bespoke artwork especially for their shop.

Cleator Moor-based artist Richard Wood created two very different works for the festival, which included one for the Cumberland Building Society next to the cash machine. This work was inspired by PIN numbers and counting in Cumbrian Workington Winter Lightsdialect. Richard’s other piece for the festival was inspired by Quayside Kitchens’ existing window display. The artist used neon in vibrant colours to create an eye-catching fiery exhibit inside an oven.

Flora Gare’s dramatic work ‘Half Moon’ uses lights shone on delicate threads strung between two boards. It was inspired by a map of the stars, and draws on themes of solidity and emptiness.

Cat Hase is a recent graduate from the West Midlands who created etched ‘Bottle Lights’ which cast shadows and create shapes around them.

Wendy Daws, an artist from Kent, loaned her piece ‘Memory Blanket’ to the Winter Lights Festival. The work is made from very small, transparent acrylic pieces cut into silhouettes of miniature human shapes and then sewn together. The images wereBottle Lights at Coffee Works taken from photographs in her family album.

Lesley Goudge is a designer based in Workington with a background in industrial design. She created a simple mobile inspired by sea creatures to hang above the stock in a childrenswear shop.

Jeremy Lord’s work, ‘Sparkle Boxes’, are five separate components which can be stacked in any way, and contain different coloured LEDs and shapes which quiver inside and cast shadows. Jeremy has designed lights for Habitat.

David Kirshner from Sussex created a work for the shop window at Derwent Bookshop in a specially constructed white room. Using fluorescent lighting, ‘Workington Byeuk Posh’ is rooted in Cumbrian pronunciation and an anagram of the shop’s name.

For more information about some of the participating artists in 2005/06,
please visit their websites:

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