Cheriton lights 2014

February 2014 / cheriton

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 produced Antecedents, a new artwork specific to Cheriton that was screened in the High Street with technical support by Kent based artist Margherita Gramegna of 51 degrees Zero. who bring's Callum's work to the town with an outdoor cinema.

Nayan Kulkarni: ‘Return’ is an immersive experience of light and text. The artist invited 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 bathed the viewer in words from the town’s history, 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 presented a series of interactive light pieces that are as fun as they are ingenious. Love Heart was situated on Cheriton Baptist Church, the heart could only lit when two people held hands, or kissed, to complete the circuit - which is broken as soon as they let go.

Novak Collective: Recently involved in Artichokes Lumiere Festival in Londonderry, Novak Collective focused their attention on Cheriton, drawing on the towns historic industry of manufacturing the iconic Dormobile camper van, to create Jaunt, a large-scale digitally mapped film, projected onto All Souls Church. Following on from Ross Astons ‘Spiritus’ last year the church was illuminated once again, as stories of this industry unfolded upon its façade. Thanks to Pete Whelan of Program Music.

Terry Perk and Julian Rowe: Terry Perk created ‘Kaleidoscope’ that intrigued audiences’ at last year’s Cheriton Lights returned this year in partnership with artist Julian Rowe to create 'Wow Bob, Wow' - once again turns 23 Quested Road into the location for an artwork. Exploring Cheriton architecture and the ideas of infinity, the artists turned the groundfloor windows of the house into an infinity room, teasing the viewer with light, angles and never-ending pattern. Inviting viewers to voyeuristically peer in through the front windows to what lies within.

Richard Land - Face to Face was a live link between Cheriton and resident of the French coastal town of Calais, on the other side of the Channel. This wonderful, participatory artwork invited people to enter the 'booth' and have their faces captured in a magical screen, that played with your image as you stared into the mirror. The images were then transported into the street with large scale projections on the walls of buildings in both countries mingling the faces and sharing the excitement of this wonderful interactive piece. Commissioned by L'Ecole d'Art du Calaisis and Interreg European funding.

Purl Queens: 'Flower Power' Folkestone-based Purl Queens take yarn bombing to the next level, creating intricate crochet installations that inject the world with colour and playfulness. Their piece for this year’s festival brought the front of our Factory Space alive, as around eighty yarn bombers from all across Folkestone came together transforming the dull industrial brick façade into a colourful wonderland.

Matt Rowe: Strange Cargo has extended its residential window trail from last year, when 25 Cheriton homes offered their front windows up as canvases for the display of artworks. For 2014, visitors had the chance to explore 50 windows, adorned by new lit artworks created by Rowe in collaboration with residents. ‘The Dark Harvest’ explored a modern twist on the idea of Folkelore, taking iconic images and the traditional rural icon, John Barleycorn and appropriating them in a modern Cheriton context. Along with the window installations Rowe produced a film and commissioned an essay that explore his ideas further.

Greg Stobbs: Street artist Greg Stobbs, aka Squirl-art, brought an extraordinary and mesmeric live art experience to Cheriton Light Festival. Through animation and painting performance, Stobbs created an animated graphic artwork on the interior walls of the building, whose subtly changing imagery entranced the viewer, whilst delivering a live artwork for audience to the Festival outside the Factory.

Student Commissions: Strange Cargo commissioned six Kent-based MA students and recent graduates John Law, Maureen Jordan, Lock Projects, Undergroundpearl, Naomi Eaton-Baudains and Mark Parry to produce a varied programme of smaller-scaled artworks that showcase some of the most innovative ideas from newcomers to the Kent art scene. The artworks sought out the unseen corners of Cheriton, creating a trail of inventive and thought provoking new works that audiences loved.

Student Makers Market - this fabulous street market, run by Future Foundry, showcased the talents of over 20 young designers from all over Kent, bringing in original art, design and craft to the Cheriton Light Festival, enabling young makers to promote and sell what they make and visitors to the event were able to take home a souvenir of their time at the Festival.

Young mothers from Cheriton's large Nepalese community worked with Strange Cargo artists to create an installation of beautiful lanterns based on traditional Nepalese patterns, text and temple buildings for the outside space of Cheriton Library.

The Circus Arena was a addition to the years festival and performers PaulIncredible and Steel, Skin, Soul drew large audiences to revel in the programme of light, fire and extraordinary percussion filling the weekend with a magical air which was rounded off with a fantastic firework finale on Sunday evening by Universal Fireworks.