Liverpool Biennial – Winter Lights 07/08 Artist Appointed
French artist Franck Scurti has been commissioned to create temporary lightworks for year two of the project, building on the success of Winter Lights 06/07. The project is a collaboration between Biennial Big Table members Rotunda College in Kirkdale, Garston Cultural Village and Metal in Kensington. This network was formed by the Biennial in 2005 to create a presence and a symbiotic relationship with its partners.
The ‘switch on’ of the lights will take place simultaneously in Speke, Anfield and Toxteth in November 2007. It is intended that Winter Lights 07/08 will extend the neighbourhoods presence ‘on the map’ bringing visitors and tourists from the city centre outwards and will involve an engagement project within each of the neighbourhood communities.
Franck Scurti was selected by the Big Table as his investigative approach within communities and his engaging and playful artworks will find a natural home within the neighbourhoods of Liverpool. Visit his website at www.franckscurti.net
In 2006 Liverpool Biennial’s Big Table commissioned artist Ron Haselden for year one of Winter Lights, the result was Animal (see image on left), a series of three neon lightworks sited at locations close to the premises of each organisation in their neighbourhoods. Ron’s Animal artworks were developed through workshops with local schools in each of the three areas and launched in November 2006 and the fourth, and as yet unseen, ‘Rabbit’ will be unveiled in November 2007.
Winter Lights forms part of the build up to Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, 2008.