Let there be light! Southampton’s ‘Lighten Up’ returns

THE Guildhall Square came alive with colour for a vibrant display of art and light.

Following the success of the lighten up project in 2012, ‘Lighten Up II’ followed this year to showcase a spectacular demonstration of modern art projected onto the external walls of the Guildhall, Southampton.

The project was organised by Showcase Gallery, in conjunction with Southampton Solent University and three local Southampton based artists were commissioned to take part.

Alys Scott Hawkins, Joe Ross and Andreea Stan were set to research the British Art Show.

The experimental art show returned to Guildhall Square for a second year
The experimental art show returned to Guildhall Square for a second year

The artists then responded in their own individual ways to produce unique pieces of art to be projected onto the blank canvas of the Guildhall.

Graphic designs, story telling adventures and animation were presented using the natural curves and pillars for inspiration.

The artists designed and produced their content on Ipads, using Tagtool, which is software that immediately projects the images and drawings that were on the iPad onto the building.

Vibrant shapes and colours were designed to represent their personality including faces, nature, stripes and spots in fluorescent greens, pinks and oranges.

Artists experimented with different patterns and visuals including faces and nature

There was also an opportunity for spectators to have a go themselves.

Using the software, they watched as their creation was brought to life for Southampton to see.

Live music accompanied the art as they grew and developed on the building by SoCo, a local youth initiative music project.

The event also teamed up with the Mayflower Theatre, Rambert Dance and Zoo Nation for show of local youth talent.

More than 200 people came along to the free event.

To hear what spectator’s thought about the display have a listen below:

by Ellie Foxwell (@ellie_foxwell)