Cheriton Lights 2014

The FREE event, which has secured a funding partnership led by Arts Council England, manifests itself as a true celebration of the arts in the public realm, pulling together both national and international artists whose light works will bring a sparkle to the chill, dark February nights.

Strange Cargo’s Artistic Director Brigitte Orasinski says – “Cheriton Lights is a light festival with a difference. We are bringing the extraordinary experience of quality visual arts to the streets where people live and we have commissioned a number of new artworks that have grown out of the history of the town and its people. This will be a weekend of stimulating, participatory artistic encounters, to thrill the heart and warm the soul”.

Organisers Strange Cargo and Cheriton Light Festival Transport Partners, Stagecoach South East are encouraging visitors to the festival to use public transport. Folkestone West Station is only 5 minutes walk from Cheriton High Street.

Cheriton will be transformed by a stella line up of artists, including Assocreation, Richard Land, Novak Collective, Greg Stobbs, Nayan Kulkarni, Matt Rowe, Terry Perk and Julian Rowe and Callum Cooper. The area will be filled with art, music, fire and undertones of anarchic light based circus performance. Cheriton Lights artists include:

Assocreation Out of control - Assocreation invites to the High Expansion Reality Show - a ground penetrating experiment at Cheriton High Street and Surrenden Road.

Colin Booth:
Colin Booths neon artwork ‘The Nothing New’ is the second large scale light work to be produced by the artist. The large text installation adorns the back wall of Strange Cargo's Factory Space and is only visible from the train line which runs behind the building. An accompanying stone carved The Nothing New is sited on the opposite side of the building, visible to pedestrians. An essay by the artist and writer Jen Thatcher will be on display at Folkestone West station. Booth is also be exhibiting ‘Jesus Wept’, a second neon work inside All Souls Church on Cheriton High Street.

Callum Cooper: Artist and Filmmaker Callum Cooper is producing a new experimental documentary specific to Cheriton that is going to be screened in the High Street in conjunction with Kent based artist Margherita Gramegna. The pair come together to bring a outdoor cinema to the heart of the town.

Nayan Kulkarni: ‘INWORDS’ is an immersive experience of light and text. The artist invites the audience to encounter an inwards experience – through the creation of a private space in light and words. Utilising text from postcards found in Cheriton’s archives the work will be activated by its audience through sensors, bathing the viewer in words from the town’s history and turning them into an active and integral element to the artwork. Kulkarni is no stranger to Kent previously being commissioned by Shepway District Council to produce ‘Chambers’, 2005, a series of artworks-come-viewing chambers on the seafront at Dymchurch.

Gavin Morris: Morris’ ‘Digital Funfair’ is the epitome of art and play. For Cheriton Lights he shall be presenting a series of interactive light pieces that are as fun as they are ingenious. Alongside other works shall be the Love Heart situated on Cheriton Baptist Church. The heart can only lit when two people hold hands, or kiss, to complete the circuit and is broken as soon as they let go.

Novak Collective: Recently involved in Artichokes Lumiere Festival in Londonderry, Novak Collective are now focusing on Cheriton, drawing on the towns historic industry of manufacturing the iconic Dormobile camper van, to map a large-scale digital projection onto All Souls Church. Following on from Ross Astons mapping piece ‘Spiritus’ last year the church will be illuminated once again, as stories of this industry unfold upon its façade.

Terry Perk and Julian Rowe: Terry Perk who created ‘Kaleidoscope’ that wowed audiences’ at last year’s Cheriton Lights returns this year in partnership with artist Julian Rowe to once again turns 23 Quested Road into the location for an artwork. Exploring Cheriton architecture and the ideas of infinity, the artists will turn the groundfloor windows of the house into an infinity room, teasing the viewer with light, angles and never-ending pattern. Who knows where the house begins and the art ends as viewers are invited to voyeuristically peer in through the front windows.