Graduate glows at Lumiere Durham light festival

AN award-winning artist lit up after discovering that her illuminating creations will appear at Lumiere Durham, the UK’s largest light festival.

With a brief to ‘surprise and delight audiences’, 21-year-old Robyn Wright from Darlington took part in Lumiere’s BRILLIANT competition earlier this year and her bright idea of creating a neon bike was one of four winning designs.

The graphic design graduate, who completed her degree at Cleveland College of Art and Design’s (CCAD)  university-level campus in Hartlepool in 2015, took the chance to experiment with her ideas, stepping away from her area of expertise in print design.

Instead, the artist created installations made of neon flex attached to a custom-made frame, a simple yet stunning design to encourage visitors to reflect on the joy of cycling when the visit the spectacle which runs from today, November 12, to Sunday.

GLOWING: Lumiere Durham artist Robyn Wright at her graduation.

GLOWING: Lumiere Durham artist Robyn Wright at her graduation.

Robyn was delighted to win the competition and is looking forward to seeing her series of three neon bike works of art on show during the event. She said: “I heard about the call for proposals for the BRILLIANT commission so I went for it and submitted a proposal in January. This got me through to the second stage where I had to refine my idea as well as present it to a panel.

“Once I found out I had won in May, I then had to think about the different ways the bikes could be created so they looked effective, yet be able to survive the festival, and now the bikes are currently being made by Neon Circus who specialise in neon and LED lighting.

Returning for the fourth time, Lumiere Durham will once again transform the historic city with an ambitious programme of light installations from international artists.

She added: “All the artists involved are amazing and I never even thought I would get past the first stage of the application so I couldn’t believe it when I actually won. Lumiere is such a huge event that I’ve looked forward to every year, so for me to be involved this time around is really exciting. I’ll be there as well as my family, my friends are excited to go too.”