Illuminating York returns to brighten York’s dark nights this week – and there’s plenty to dazzle.
Most of the installations are free except the 15 minute show in York Minster – and that is well worth the admission price.
As well as the six major works in places including York St John University’s quad, Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, Shambles and the National Railway Museum, there is a festival fringe and fabulous food.
York city centre
Wed Oct 26-Sat Oct 29 @ 6pm-10pm
Mostly free; Minster installation – adults £8, children £3.50
York Minster is filled with beams of white light in this stunning installation Light Masonry by Jason Bruges Studio. You have to pay to see it and each ticket is allocated a time slot. Family ticket deals are available.
York St John forest
A new venue for illuminating York, the historic quad at York St John’s Lord Mayor’s Walk campus is host to David Ogle’s forest of light Lumen.
Visitors can walk amongst skeletal coloured luminescent trees, to experience the unusual light and shade cast by their glowing branches, with further exhibitions and performances by York St John Students to discover around the campus.
Arcs of light will revolve above the heads of the visitors along the entire length of Shambles. Rather than down at the cobbles you’ll be looking up to the skies.
Transforming the trains
Pioneers of large-scale illuminated art, Heinrich and Palmer have moved into the National Railway Museum workshop.
This installation brings together projection, light drawings, film and sound, where engines are maintained and restored.
Food and the fringe
The Illuminating York fringe is a lively programme of additional attractions. These include:
the lighting up of St Michael-le-Belfrey
art at According To McGee
a tour of the Bar Convent by candlelight
the first chance for two years to tour the City Walls at night, and
a spooky film at the National Centre For Early Music.
And you can refuel too. The newly launched Shambles Market Food Court boasts a range of delicious, world street food offerings from multiple traders.
Its established kiosk chefs and exciting pop ups will provide to grub to keep hungry Illuminating York guests happy.
Art by app
There’s also the chance to make your own luminescent artwork, with a free mobile phone app created by York-based New Moon Games.
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