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The Arts Council funds Wac Arts Residency and exhibition ‘Light-Life Ignite’

A celebration of light and life, here and now. Opening Exhibition January 15th 2015, 6.30-8.30

Bringing a light-filled sensory experience to a space accessed by many differing communities including young people with varying degrees of disabilities.

Wac Arts Press Release 17th December 2014 Light-Life Ignite

Step inside the Town Hall for an immersive, light and colour-filled, sensory inspiration.

• The Arts Council funds Lorna Carmen McNeill’s Wac Arts Residency and exhibition

‘Light-Life Ignite’ - a celebration of light and life, here and now.

• Bringing a light-filled sensory experience to a space accessed by many differing communities including young people with varying degrees of disabilities.

• Paying tribute to the United Nations International Year of Light - how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health.

Wac Arts Artist in Residence (AIR) programme is extremely excited to announce our next Wac Arts

AIR collaboration - Lorna Carmen McNeill. Lorna’s exhibition ‘Light-Life Ignite’ displays an innovative

fusion of fine art and sculpture with where possible sustainable light and digital technologies,

creating a mesmerising body of work.

*Rivers of luminous coloured light*

Lorna Carmen McNeill, at, creates dazzling light sculptures and projections by

merging art with technology, seeking to illuminate the invisible, inter-dimensional, inter-connected

communication that permeates all things. Lorna creates the Installations in collaboration with

creative lighting expert Geoff Blindt, with the aim to uplift mood and inspire creativity.

The stimulating sensory installation combined with a series of workshops will give the young people

from Wac Arts (especially those with a disability many of whom rely heavily on sensory stimulation

to enhance their lives) a chance to realise their creativity, develop new skills and most of all have a

positive and enjoyable experience in an inspired environment.

During the residency, Lorna will facilitate a series of collaborative workshops which use Interactive

technology with sensory elements of the artwork combined with painting and sculpture to engage

heart, hand and mind. She will work alongside students to create a new body of work. There will be

a closing night exhibition to show the development of the installation from something based on

Lorna's own techniques to those discovered and informed by the young people involved in the

workshops. The young people will also exhibit some of the artwork they produce. An artist talk and

a group discussion will be held to look at the complete process, enabling Lorna and the young artists

to share their experiences and outcomes.

The opening night for the public exhibition will be on Thursday from 15th January 6.30 pm-8.30 pm

after which the exhibition can be viewed every Thursday at the same times. Prints of the light

artwork will be on display and available to purchase.

About the Artist:

*Fusing fine art with light and digital technologies*

Lorna Carmen McNeill studied fine art at Camberwell College of Art, and Goldsmiths College of Art

but then pursued a vocational scientific training in Nutrition and Dietetics. For over two decades, she

worked as a nutritionist in clinical research on lifestyle and behaviour change in a psychology unit at

University College London and then as a clinician within the NHS before graduating from the Art

Academy with a first in fine art.

“I am intrigued by the properties of light, colour, energy and texture within the natural

world. Consider the flow of water and the movements of the sun and the moon as they transform

the sky from day to night, and how this reflects the inner journey of being human”

Lorna’s works are collected internationally and are currently on display at the Art Academy, London,

Trinity United Reformed Church, St. Albans, Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted and were recently

showcased at the International conference, Futurefest and as a major public installation in

collaboration with Geoff Blindt at the Barbican and at Womad in summer 2014

In addition to ongoing development of new bodies of work, Lorna is a tutor at The Art Academy,

London, runs art workshops for team building in companies and charities, workshops on freeing up

creativity and offers private art tutoring.

Visit, for more information on the artwork presented by Lorna Carmen McNeill.

About Wac Arts: Empowering Young People to Change Their World

Wac Arts provides a range of dynamic and cutting edge entry level and professional training in the

arts for young people aged 5-26. Since 1978, Wac Arts has been home to thousands of talented

young people, harnessing their extraordinary potential every year, equipping them to make positive

choices for themselves and a positive contribution to society. Our work has opened countless doors

for young people, creating life changing opportunities otherwise inaccessible to them.

Visit for further information.

Wac Arts Press Release 17th December 2014

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