Light season inspires workshops

Derby QUAD will be staging several events as part of  the new LIGHT season, which explores the use of light and scientific endeavour in art.

The season is centred around the exhibition Illuminated which looks at ‘light’ – both as an influence and incorporated through artists work.

The inspiration for it is one of Derby’s most famous sons: Joseph Wright, and one of his key works, The Alchymist of 1771, is a catalyst for the entire season. This work embodies one of the most significant periods in history: the Enlightenment and displays what many scholars consider the triumph of rational science over that of superstition.

QUAD’s season LIGHT sees art and science in unison, celebrating the power of knowledge through the works of artists, films, education and participation events.

Derby Sketching Club, now in their 125th year will be hosting regular life drawing sessions with a clothed model in QUAD Gallery throughout the LIGHT season. The sessions are free but a small donation required, and participants needs to bring their own drawing equipment. The first session was on November 1 and the next will take place on November 22 from 11am until 1pm. The sessions will then continue in QUAD every third Thursday at the same time.

A family activity entitled ‘Luminaria and Lanterns’ is a chance to design and create your lanterns and luminaria from paper and card to light your way through the darker days of Winter. The workshop is suitable for ages five and above and takes place on Saturday November 3 from1:30pm until 3:30pm. The cost is £3 per child or £10 for a family of four.

Camera Obscuras were the invention that started photography, these boxes capture light creating an image of the world you can trace and draw. There is an opportunity to make your own Camera Obscura with family or friends at QUAD’s Camera Obscura Making Workshop on Saturday November 10 from 2pm until 4pm.The cost is £7.50 per Camera Obscura.

Free monthly performances by artists, poets, dancers, actors and performers will be taking place in the Gallery throughout the exhibition. The performances of new work will be in response to the light sculptures and artworks on display. The first Friday Night Gallery Performance takes place on November 23 at 7pm.

Illuminating Shakespeare offers a chance to join 1623 theatre company for a workshop that explores the role of light in Shakespeare’s plays. Light breaks through Juliet’s window, it’s put out by Othello’s jealousy and it thickens in Macbeth’s mind. Using candles, lanterns and torches, try your hand at performing Shakespeare’s light-inspired moments. Illuminating Shakespeare is suitable for ages eleven  and above and takes place on Saturday November 24 from 3pm until 5pm. The event is free.

There is also a series of free Exhibitions tours and talks as part of LIGHT season. Illuminated Curator Peter Bonnell will give an enlightening tour of the exhibition explaining how the project developed, with in-depth explanations of key works on Friday November 9 from 12pm. Assistant Curator Jill Carruthers will give a tour of Illuminated and Elements exhibitions on Friday November 23 from 12pm. Lucy Salt Keeper of Art at Derby Museums and Art Gallery, will give an Exhibition Talk on The Work of Joseph Wright of Derby on Saturday  December 8 from 5pm. All talks and tours are free.

Places are limited for all events and workshops so booking via the box office is essential. For more information about the exhibitions and events for season LIGHT or to book seats for any of the eventsplease call QUAD box office on 01332 290606 or go to