At night the city comes alive and lighting takes on a new role to shape our experiences of the urban landscape. Bridges, streets and clubs are being constantly redesigned to inspire and delight once the sun goes down.
Chair: David Michon, freelance journalist
David Michon is the former editor of Icon magazine, and former managing editor of Monocle magazine and Winkreative creative agency. In January 2016, he set out as an independent consultant and strategist, focusing on editorial and other creative projects across a range of categories. As editor of Icon, he oversaw the relaunch of the magazine from a trade title to a more grounded, relatable and pacier consumer title – increasing readership by 20% within the first six months. For Monocle, he managed the launch of the brand’s radio station, Monocle 24, and produced, reported for and sometimes presented its weekly radio show on cities, The Urbanist. He regularly contributed to both Monocle magazine and its series of books. Between those editorial roles, he was managing editor at Winkreative, focusing his work on both editorial strategy and place-making projects.
Sarah Gaventa, Director, Illuminated River
Sarah is the director of the Illuminated River Project which is leading a public art project to illuminate 15 of London’s bridges between Albert and Tower Bridge. She is a public space and public art expert and curator, and was previously Director of Public Space at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, she recently curated ‘Out There: Our Post War Public Art’ exhibition at Somerset House for Historic England. Sarah has been an Associate at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and has a degree in art history and a MA from the Royal College of Art/ V&A . She is an honorary Fellow of the Landscape Institute for her outstanding contribution to landscape.
Helen Marriage, Director, Artichoke
Helen Marriage is Artistic Director of Artichoke, which she founded with Nicky Webb in 2005. Artichoke is one of the UK’s leading independent production companies working to transform landscapes and expectations through its unique way of realising the ambitions of artists and the dreams of the public.
Over the last nine years Artichoke has produced some of the UK’s most talked about large-scale art events ranging from Royal de Luxe’s The Sultan’s Elephant, which saw central London come to a standstill with over 1,000,000 spectators, through Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth project One & Other, to Peace Camp made by international theatre director Deborah Warner and actor Fiona Shaw for the London 2012 Olympic Festival. Artichoke’s biennial festival celebrating the power of light, Lumiere, has become an international sensation, drawing visitors from across the globe to the wintry darkness of Northern England.
Helen’s previous work has included a seven-year period as Director of the Salisbury Festival, which she transformed from a local event into what The Times described as a ‘miracle of modern British culture’. She was previously Director of Arts & Events at Canary Wharf for property developers Olympia & York, and an Associate Director of both the London International Festival of Theatre and Artsadmin.
Joy Nazzari, Director, dn&co
Joy is the founder of dn&co, a brand and design consultancy inspired by culture and place, and the team behind the reinvention of St James’s, Television Centre, White City Place and Ilford Town. dn&co clients include The V&A, The Crown Estate, Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan, British Land, Oxford Properties, Delancey, and Great Portland Estates, among others. Over the last 17 years Joy has worked as a collaborative partner with architects, developers and businesses to create meaningful destinations in workplaces, residential, fashion, retail, restaurants — through to entire neighbourhoods and towns.
Simon Keeling, Founder, In Situ
In Situ is a design collective focusing on temporary installations for music and cultural events. Inspired by hip hop culture, they are interested in exploring the dynamic between artists and their audiences through the creation of immersive temporary events. Through the use of installation, projection and lighting In Situ play with the boundaries between the physical and digital realms.
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