Illuminating York celebrates the transformative power of light.

In 2016, the festival invites you to explore and discover the city through the imagination of artists, using the medium of light in all its forms.

This year the festival will open up some of York’s most famous, most interesting and intriguing buildings by night, to experience them in a completely new way. Outdoors, buildings, spaces and places will also host installations using light and projection. Travel between these sites and spot our bunny lights in York’s shop windows along the way.

There are four Key ingredients:
  • The Festival Commissions, encounter newly commissioned artworks across the city, including the National Railway Museum, York St John University and public spaces throughout York.
  • The Bunny Trail, a route to explore enhanced by a series of specially created bunny lamps in shops and business windows along the way. There will be 50 bunnies to find this year, each one customised by an artist. At the end of the festival the bunnies will be auctioned off for charity.
  • York Minster, will host an installation by Jason Brugues Studio (the team responsible for the Shard on New Year’s Eve). The piece will carve out new spaces within the knave using light and visitors will also be treated to an organ recital. Paid for and ticketed event.
  • The Festival Fringe, where attractions across the city open up after dark, this year’s programme is designed to engage, enthral, and intrigue audiences. The Illuminating York Festival celebrates light in all of its forms from sunlight to artificially generated light, from flickering flame to the light emitting diode. With site specific light based artworks, illuminated routes through this beautiful historic city, and another great supporting programme from world-class visitor attractions and restaurants, visitors are invited to explore York after dark.
Hazel Colquhoun

Hazel Co-curated IY last year and after positive feedback returns this year to expand on the artistic quality and engagement of last year. Hazel works as a consultant both independently and collaboratively on a range of arts and cultural projects, with a particular interest in public art and place making.

Based in York, with projects throughout the UK, she has worked in the arts sector for over 20 years (18 in consultancy). Skills include project management, policy and strategy development, research and feasibility, fundraising, writing, marketing and publicity, organisational development, capacity building and training.

Current projects include working on artist commissions for a series of new extra care homes in Hull, a city centre retail development in Leeds and a pedestrian underpass project in Canterbury.

She also develops her own projects, recently in York with “York Curiouser”, commissioning new, site specific temporary artworks in the less-well known corners of the City.

Andrew Knight

Andrew has extensive experience of working with artists and architects on collaborative projects for public spaces and places. He has been based in Yorkshire for over twenty years and has worked with artists throughout the UK on commissions for projects within a wide range of sectors including transport, health, education, urban regeneration and residential.

He has worked with some of the county’s leading artists engaged in the use of light, including Ron Haselden, Nayan Kulkarni, Phong Phaophanit & Claire Ouboussier and Jason Bruges Studio, on large scale interactive permanent works for Metro & Railway Stations, the QEII Bridge which spans the River Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead and Hull Truck Theatre.

Light Up The North

Illuminating York is a member of Light up the North, a network of seven light festivals taking place in seven cities across the North of England. www.lightupthenorth.com