LUMINOUS

About the LUMINOUS Project

Shadowlight Artists: LUMINOUS

Open Now: LUMINOUS Online Virtual Gallery launched in partnership with Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival Programme

Open Now: LUMINOUS Virtual 3D gallery walk-troughs with 3D scans of LUMINOUS galleries on the websites of Modern Art Oxford Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

From 02/12/20 to 23/12/20 LUMINOUS – the physical exhibition opens its doors at  Modern Art Oxford Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford galleries (subject to local & national lockdown rules)

Managed by Film Oxford, LUMINOUS is the latest project by the Shadowlight Artists, a group of seven artists with learning disabilities based in Oxfordshire, supported by Film Oxford and established in 2009.

Commencing in late summer 2019, the LUMINOUS project has come to be defined by the lockdown, which presented significant additional challenges to people with learning disabilities. As it started during the production phase of the project Film Oxford, the Shadowlight Artists and freelance professionals found new innovative ways to work collaboratively at a distance. They liaised with each artist’s family members and their support & care organisations to draw up individual plans, so the group’s production work could continue during the pandemic.

Animations have been created using drawings exchanged by mail; sculptural work has been created collaboratively via Skype; dance for camera has been transposed from the studio to the outdoors and art materials and paintings exchanged by courier.

A large part of the project has become about keeping in touch with the group. The artists are particularly at risk from social isolation as their normal lifestyle and social support is drastically reduced due to covid-19. For many, unable to leave their homes their art becomes a focus to draw comfort and pride from.

Most of work presented in this exhibition does not engage the COVID-19 crisis as a subject in itself, but instead underlies it as a sub-text due to the radically different working methods. The enforced experiment in distanced artistic collaboration has in reality opened up new possibilities for the future activities of the group, offering a pathway towards artists collaborations which are unlimited by geographical separation and also towards greater potential inclusion for disabled artists if given sufficient resources.

The work in this exhibition is diverse in media and subjects. Painting, photography, animation, dance for camera and sculptural installation all feature in the show, covering subjects from a personal relationship with the landscape to bullying. Some of the work looks back on the changing industrial landscape and to historical portraiture. Other work draws on a huge range of emotions from joy to sorrow, and from humour to exasperation. All of the work has in common that it represents an honest response to the day-to-day world from this unique group of artists.

The Shadowlight Artists are:
Wendy Belcher, Tom Breach, Mark Hemsworth, Russell Highsmith, Richard Hunt, Lucy Skuce, Danny Smith.

Creative Partnerships

Each Shadowlight artist worked with an artist established in their chosen medium to produce a new work :

  • Wendy Belcher is making a film with artist Chris Oakley, her first solo project with the group
  • Russell Highsmith is developing a new work with dramatist Mark Ralph-Bowman for future presentation
  • Lucy Skuce worked with artist Chris Oakley to create a multimedia installation
  • Richard Hunt worked with artist Sonia Boue on a new body of paintings
  • Mark Hemsworth worked with photographer John Blythe on new photography work
  • Danny Smith worked with choreographer Anna Watkins and Nicola Josse on a dance for camera piece and Cait Sweeney for painting work
  • Tom Breach worked with Chris Oakley to create an animation

Funding

Luminous was principally funded by Arts Council England with additional financial support from St Michael & All Saints Charities and Oxford City Council. In order to ensure the sustainability of the group, fundraising efforts are ongoing to support the group’s future activities.

Support the Shadowlight Artists by donating at their LUMINOUS appeal page.

During lockdown creating art has given the Shadowlight Artists much comfort against the isolation, loneliness and stress caused by the pandemic. We need to raise additional funds to continue this work.  We also want to buy the group Android Tablets so they can better access the digital world and communicate with each other.

 

 

 

 

Lucy Skuce remote working with Chris Oakley, August 2020
The Shadowlight Artists

The Shadowlight Artists are supported by Film Oxford

CONTACT US

Shadowight Artists, c/o Film Oxford 54 Catherine St, Oxford, OX4 3AH

01865 792731
info@shadowlightartists.org.uk

About Film Oxford
Registered Charity Number: 1041014 Film Oxford is supported by Oxford City Council Oxford Film & Video Makers Ltd, trading as Film Oxford, is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No 02022892
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