New commission Interactive Neon


Year 9 students from Durham Federation School with Lucie Brownlee and Neon Workshop (UK)

Location: Silver Street

School students from County Durham write their words in light

Through an innovative Lumiere Learning & Participation project, a group of year 9 students worked on ideas and text with Yorkshire-based Neon Workshops to light up their own words in a series of  neon artworks.  

Referencing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which establishes the right of every child to freely express their views, Article 12 celebrates the ideas and opinions of local young people.



Market Place: The surfaces within the Market Place are mainly level, paved and free from kerbs. There is a slight incline from St Nicholas Church towards the statue. There is a level change of 3 steps around the statue at the exit from the Market Place onto Silver Street, but there are alternative routes using the gentle slope either side.  There is a mixture of fixed stone and wood seating which are low level, some with armrests. 

Silver Street: Surfaces are a mix of cobbles and flagstones. The street is a very steep incline from Framwellgate Bridge into the Market Place with no seats along the route.


The Neon Workshop

Neon Workshops specialise in the development and manufacturing of neon lighting for the creative industry. They organise global shipping and installation of projects and host an annual exhibition programme of neon-related work, as well as a significant resource library on the subject. Neon sculpture courses, whether in their home city of Wakefield, or Mobile Neon Workshops, continue to attract tutors and participants from around the world. The company was established in 2010 by artist Richard William Wheater, and Neon Workshops’ work can be seen across the globe. In order to take on larger projects and stage events, in 2018 Wheater opened Neon Workshops affiliated warehouse project space: 7A

There is a lot of pressure on the younger generation, but we don’t always feel we have a voice for people to hear us. I am excited to see my creative ideas put into action so other people can see them at Lumiere, and to get the chance to work with neon. I’m really proud of myself, and my friends, that we’ve got this opportunity to speak out and show other people what we’re made of and what we can do.

Jess, 14, The Durham Federation

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installations for personal use, the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.



SUPPORTED BY Barbour Foundation


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