Arts Foundation announces shortlist for lighting design award

Installation artists, a theatre lighting expert and a designer who worked on lighting at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five are among the four shortlisted for the £10 000 Arts Foundation Fellowship in lighting design for 2008.

The winner will be announced on 24 January as part of the Arts Foundation Awards. Recipients of £10 000 fellowships in illustration, sculpture in wood, literary translation and conducting will also be announced.

The design fellowship, the first to cover all areas of lighting design, should give the winner a ‘creative breathing space’, a chance to develop his or her skills without worrying where the next commission or job will come from.

The diversity of the shortlist highlights the breadth of creativity in lighting design, the organisers claim. Alex Haw has worked on large-scale architectural lighting projects such as Heathrow’s T5 and the Eden Project.

Artist Stephen Hurrel has produced several permanent artworks, including The Rings in Glasgow, an interactive light-based sculpture where light flows between four rings and responds to sound levels from the street.

Theatre lighting designer James Farncombe has lit more than 100 shows since becoming freelance in 2001, while artist Claire Morgan works with materials as diverse as dead insects, melting ice and rotting fruit, animating much of her work with light (including A New Moon installation at Whitstable, commissioned by Canterbury County Council, pictured).

Since 1993, the Arts Foundation’s Fellowship Programme has given more than £1m to designers and artists.

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