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Light Fantastic: Adventures in the Science of Light

Light Fantastic explored the wonder of creating and capturing light through hands-on activities, workshops, shows, and amazing art installations.


An Additive Mix by Liz West

This amazing installation gave visitors the chance to explore the incredible phenomenon of white light. It was created from a spectrum of different colours and featured a purpose-built room, containing over 250 coloured fluorescent lights, and lined with ‘infinity’ mirrors. The result: individual hues that, together, created an intense white glow in a seemingly endless space.

Read an interview with Liz West on our blog.

The BBC Arts team also dropped in to find out more and have a chat with Liz about her work—find out more and watch the video.

Noise Orchestra: Play the Collections

Can you create sound with light? Our artists, Vicky Clarke and David Birchall, did just that. Inspired by the shapes and patterns in our collection, they created a brilliant new light and sound show, making unique sounds just by shining light through paper and plastic stencils.

Find out more on Noise Orchestra’s website.

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