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Where There is Light

presented by Squidsoup in partnership with ArtReach

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

Freedom Festival is delighted to be presenting work for the first time inside the Ferens Art Gallery, and we encourage you to take some time before or after your visit to Where There Is Light to look around the other exhibits.

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.

Outreach sessions took place in Leicester, Coventry, Hull and Portsmouth connecting with local artists in each city to deliver creative activities with participants. Artists Alex Plasatis, Lauta Nyahuye, Peter Snelling and Maria Tarn led workshops exploring the theme of light, opening up discussion and reflection through creativity. The project was supported by Maokwo, Welcome to English, British Red Cross and Stop Domestic Abuse.

Squidosup Artists – Liam Birtles and Anthony Rowe
Producer for Squidsoup – ​Hannah Brady
Executive Producer for ArtReach - Maddie Smart
Producer for ArtReach - ​Claire Ward
Artist – Sameena Khan
Audio Producer – Dimple Patel
Composition - Julian Gregory Bayliss 
Sound design - Lee Chaos for The Music Works 

'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'   Pete Snelling, Hull based artist

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