Light up your life at QUAD

Semiconductor, Brilliant Noise, Single channel DVD 2006, Courtesy of the artists.

QUAD in Derby is officially launching its new season of LIGHT, on Friday evening.

There will be speeches in the main gallery space from 7pm, followed by the official launch of Virtulight, a trail of light sculptures by artist Ashok Mistry, with an excerpt of live music from Waqas Choudhary.

Virtualight can be viewed using smart phones and tablet devices, and was commissioned by Surtal Arts as part of Derby’s annual Festival of Light, supported by QUAD.

Other enlightening activities around QUAD include UV face painting to show off in the UV light corridor; interactive games in The Box – including light themed iPad apps, a ‘light finger painting’ touch-screen and a digital kaleidoscope projected on to The Box screen; the Geofest collective performing throughout the building bringing their glow circus to town; and Sounds from Nowhere performing in the Café Bar.

The major exhibition of the season is Illuminated which features artists who incorporate sculptural, photographic, and metaphorical light in their work, often using scientific methodologies and influences, as well as artists who produce work that is in some way transformative, or suggests a change in either an object or within the human spirit or psyche.

The exhibition links to the work of Joseph Wright of Derby, and specifically his painting The Alchymist of 1771.

The Illuminated exhibition is on display in QUAD Gallery from  October 27 until  February 3 2013 for the duration of the season of LIGHT.

As part of the event there will also be an exclusive tour for teachers on Wednesday November 7, from 4:30pm until 6:30pm.

It is a chance for local teachers to see the Illuminated and to discuss the resources available to assist schools with curricular based themes within the exhibition.

The event is free to attend by e-mailing QUAD’s Education Curator to reserve a place:

For more details about the teachers tour and the season of LIGHT check out the QUAD website or call the box office on 01332 290606.