Lumiere comes to Bishop Auckland

A biennial light art event has returned to Durham with more than 40 installations. The festival runs from 16 to 19 November 2023 with installations on the city streets, bridges, buildings and river.

For the first time Bishop Auckland will host four installations which interact with a façade, building or public space.

Illumaphonium is an interactive, multi-sensory musical sculpture. It is always changing with patterns of light and sound. Visitors can interact with the illuminated chime bars to see and hear how they respond to touch.

Illumaphonium in the Market Place

Auckland Tower is remade with The Drop (2023), a beacon of light and sound by UK lighting designer Phil Supple. A catchy musical score featuring interesting and recognisable sounds matches the multi-coloured beams, patterns and lights which illuminate the full height of the Tower.

Auckland Tower

In Amalgama Spanish Gallery the treasures held inside the Spanish Gallery are part of a projection which melts across the exterior of the building in Spanish artist Daniel Canogar’s commission for Lumiere 2023.

The Spanish Gallery

Hanging recycled installations of Flowers and Chandeliers are made locally with designs created by young people from Durham Sixth Form Centre and New College Durham.

Bishop Auckland Town Hall