White Light Festival
29 February – 2 March 2008
The White Light Festival was a unique contemporary electronic art festival that animated the city centre of Derry throughout the first weekend of March. The project funded by The Business and Cultural Animation Programme for Derry City, N. Ireland increased visual culture in Derry bringing art outside the gallery space into the heart of the city. White Light aimed to revitalise and regenerate the closed ‘after-hours’ appearance of the city centre recreating an attractive cultural hub. The festival targeted the entire community and people of all ages while also attracting people from outside the city.
A Call for Artists was sent out in local, national and international general and art press. A selection panel reviewed all proposals received. The panel selected and commissioned the following artists to make light-based work: Alec Finlay from Scotland, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Kevin Cannon and Charlie Von Metzradt from Dublin.
These artists were chosen as they best met the selection criteria: works that responded to the historic city centre, were realistic in terms of realisation and, not the least important, kept within the project budget. Raoul Simpson (Dublin) was also commissioned to create a light installation for the Guildhall.