Where There Is Light

Where is light in our lives, in ourselves, in others and in the world around us.

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum is delighted to announce the opening of a fabulous art installation as part of Halton Borough Council’s, Borough of Culture Celebrations.

From 8th to 18th September, visitors to Catalyst can explore what it means to find light in a new immersive sound and light installation funded by the Arts Council England.

Where There Is Light is an immersive sound and light installation sharing the voices and stories of sanctuary seeking communities from across the country. It asks questions about where we find light in our lives, in ourselves, in others and in the world around us.

The soundscape draws on a series of interviews that took place online during lockdown bringing people together.

With the pandemic continuing to impact our daily lives we hope to start to rebuild, reconnect and transform how communities connect in a time of isolation and loneliness. Where There is Light offers a beautiful moment, a break in people’s day to day lives, a space to look outside of themselves, to come together and share a sense of connection and hope.

The soundscape was made collaboratively and remotely across borders in Leicester, Hull, Coventry and Portsmouth. ​ Led by the arts collective Squidsoup and ArtReach, together with artist Sameena Khan, Audio Producer Dimple Patel, Lee Chaos for The Music Works and Composer Julian Gregory Bayliss ; with funding from Arts Council England, and partnerships with Freedom Festival, Coventry City of Culture, Halton Borough of Culture, Journeys Festival International and Timber Festival, this artwork provides a truly poignant sensory experience exploring themes of light.

Martin Pearson, CEO of Catalyst said “Catalyst is really excited to host such a unique, thought-provoking installation, bringing communities together at a time when so many have been separated. We are thrilled to be taking an active part in the Borough of Culture Celebrations in Halton and we look forward to sharing this with our visitors over the next 10 days.”

Hull based artist Peter Snelling shared that “working on the ‘Where There Is Light’ project was a brilliant experience…There was lots of laughter and fun.  But also the participants used the questions about light to draw and make music and zines that meant something.  People talked about family, about inner strength and about love.  I learnt about my own relationship with light and what it means to me.  The same things that light up my life also light up the lives of people who, on the surface, seem quite different to me.”

Visitors to Catalyst can view the artwork free of charge on 11th, 12th and 18th as part of the Heritage Open Days events. You can book your free tickets here:
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If you book to come on 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th or 17th then the normal admission charges apply which are Adult £7.95 and Child or Concession £5.95. However, on arrival, these tickets will be converted into an annual pass so you can visit as many times as you like over the next 12 months. Book tickets here

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Photo: Mikal Ludlow www.mikalludlow.com


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