Light, Art, the Universe and Everything

Lumiere Durham 2015

Friday 13 November, 8.30am – 4.15pm. Gala Theatre, Durham. 

Supported by Durham County Counciland UNESCO

This one-day conference explored how light can change the world through science, the arts, spirituality and public space.

The conference programme was inspired by UNESCO’s International Year of Light, which championed the importance and potential of light throughout 2015. Light, Art, the Universe and Everythingbrought together local, national and international experts and pioneers working across medicine, culture, technology, the environment, religion, architecture and education.

Delegates came from across the UK and beyond to hear how the speakers are changing people’s lives: from revolutionising medicine and bringing light to communities without electricity, to transforming the places we live with amazing art installations and ground-breaking building design.


  • Stephanie Flanders (Chair)

Economist, journalist and broadcaster, J.P. Morgan

  • Sir Peter Bazalgette

Former Chair, Arts Council, England

  • Elettra Bordonaro

Co-Founder, Light Follows Behaviour & Social Light Movement

  • Rosie Boycott

Writer and Broadcaster

  • Daniel Canogar

Visual Artist

  • Illac Diaz

Founder, MyShelter Foundation

  • Adam Finlay

Studio Director, NOVAK

  • Professor Carlos Frenk

Director, Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University

  •      Richard Kirk

Chief Executive, Polyphotonix

  •     Helen Marriage

Director, Artichoke

  •     Munira Mirza

Deputy Mayor for Education & Culture of London

  •      Dr Jim Olson

Brain cancer researcher and paediatric oncologist

  •       Thabang Skwambane

Managing Director, FCB Joburg

  •      Casper ter Kuile

Minister in training for non-religious people Divinity School, Harvard University

  •       Deanna Van Buren

Architect and Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellow

  •       Revd Professor David Wilkinson

Principal, St John’s College, Durham University

  •      Jean-François Zurawik

Director, Fête Des Lumières



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