NightSeeing in Westminster:
An Artichoke Special Event
in partnership with Arup


An evening exploring light in the nocturnal city with award winning lighting designer Leni Schwendinger

Date: Thursday 4 September, 6.30-9.15pm

Location: All Saints Church Parish Hall, 7 Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG. Followed by Night Walk from Fitzrovia to Piccadilly

Price: £10 (free to Artichoke Hearts members)

We all recognise the illuminated landmarks of nocturnal London, but how often do we take the time to explore the other sources of light in the city?

On Thursday 4 September, leading creative company Artichoke will present award-winning lighting urbanist and artist Leni Schwendinger at a special event in partnership with Arup.

Leni Schwendinger is a specialist in city night-time environments and the creator of NightSeeing, a programme that aims to raise awareness of light and shadow for night-time environments in cities worldwide.

Artichoke has produced the UK’s largest light festival, Lumiere, in Durham every two years since 2009, and also in Derry~Londonderry in 2013.

The evening will begin with an introduction by Artichoke Director, Helen Marriage, who will speak about the challenges of producing a light festival in urban night-time environments, and about the company’s future plans for Lumiere.

Leni Schwendinger will then present NightSeeing. She will delve into the theory and practice behind light in the public realm and offer insight into the various types of lighting that typify urban spaces after dark.

The second half of the evening will take place on the streets. Leni will lead a “LightWalk”, from Fitzrovia to Piccadilly, decoding the shadows, emanations and reflections that define the nightscape.

From shop silhouettes and signage to street lights and the light from passing cars, participants will experience the nocturnal metropolis in new and exciting ways.

Images from the evening will be available after the event.

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