En’Light’en: Hayloft, Cheeseburn Sculpture Park
Artist and researcher, Dr Laura Johnston, is working on an exciting project that unites artistic practice with the work of bio-scientists and academics at Durham University in the exploration of light, health and well-being. The project, which has received support from the Arts Council and Leverhulme Trust, has seen the installation of a number of glass and light works at Cheeseburn Sculpture Park and in hospice and hospital spaces across the region over the last 18 months. Laura, who was appointed Leverhulme Artist in Residence at Durham University in 2017, is seeking to positively alter the atmosphere of spaces through the exploration of light, colour and reflection. Academics are using a range of methods to evaluate the impact of such installations on human experience and the potential of such works to uplift and enhance well-being.
The project continues, and this year extends its focus to the experience of patients in critical care units. Hospital patients in such highly medicalised units are cut off from the outside world, often without windows or with very poor views out. Laura is interested in bringing a sense of the natural world into such spaces through the creative application of light and colour. Her work can be seen at Cheeseburn Sculpture Park which opens again in May 2018.
Keep in touch with the project by visiting Laura’s blog at: https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/en-lighten-an-exploration-of-light-and-sensation?platform=hootsuite and on Twitter: @lauralightworks.