Exhibition of light draws inspiration from town’s famous son

NEAA 07-08-12 BE 4 DH Lawrence heritage centre.
NEAA 07-08-12 BE 4 DH Lawrence heritage centre.

An exhibition of light to celebrate Nottingham Trent University’s 170 year Art & Design heritage will draw inspiration from one of the city’s most famous authors.

Magic Light, which will be launched on Nottingham Light Night on 28 February, will showcase up to 40 lamps with a DH Lawrence theme that have been made by students from the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.

The exhibition is one of a number of activities which celebrate the 170-years since the establishment of the Nottingham Government School of Design, the origin of art and design education in Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.

Images of students’ work will be projected onto the Council House in Old Market Square, inviting members of the public to visit the exhibition.

Visitors will enjoy an illuminated entrance to the historic Arkwright building from Shakespeare Street as individual steps light up when people tread on them.

A historic fireplace within the foyer – which was referenced in Lawrence’s novel The Rainbow – will be lit up and visitors will be led across Benefactors Court by the projection of a rainbow onto the courtyard.

Three chandeliers – including two from Nottingham Trent University alumna and eco-artist Sarah Turner – will feature in the entrance to the exhibition.

Poetry and prose written by students from Aldercar Community Language College in Langley Mill, which reflect the life and works of Lawrence, will be on display.

Among the undergraduate work on show will be candles designed by Hannah Dunford, 22, which make reference to Lawrence’s hidden sexuality. The candles feature two types of wax that melt at different speeds so that a body part is revealed when the outer layer has melted.

And a lampshade by Mark Colliass, 23, makes a subtle reference to Lawrence’s industrial background by allowing people to mould the product themselves by riding a bicycle.

Alan Crisp, head of product design in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, said: “We’re really excited by our students’ work and think it will make for a fantastic exhibition.

“We’re very keen for members of the public to come along and see just how creative our students are, and to learn more about the magnificent creative heritage that this city and our university has.”

Doors to the Magic Light exhibition open on Nottingham Light Night from 7pm. The exhibition is open to the public until 6 March from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 11am to 4pm on Saturday.