Will Hawkins, whilst passionate and highly skilled in creating music also has a deep connection and understanding of the local landscape through his role as a National Trust Ranger. His in depth knowledge of Mount Stewart and its surrounding environment has helped to shape and influence the creation of unique soundscapes for this year’s event.
Another exciting dimension to the Festival of Light will be a lighting installation created by Tina Chong. This local artist has been developing decorative lights which feature a captivating light source without the need of lightbulbs. Tina explains that Electroluminescent Smart Material Technology uses an organic layer of phosphor which glows when an electrical current passes through it and is set to create a new aesthetic among the field of lighting. The Festival of Light design is derived from a hand drawn illustration that resembles intricate lily pad shapes.
The masterpieces of local sculptor and artist, Victoria Bentham will also add a new dynamic to the visitor experience this year. Victoria has taken her inspiration from the world class gardens and the mythology and characters associated with them. Using a variety of materials, including steel, perspex and ceramics, she has created stags and uniquely designed sculptures which will be illuminated throughout the grounds. Each piece of art has been specifically created for the Festival of Light.