The International Day of Light – Symposium and Exhibition

16thMay 2018 

UAL, Chelsea Lecture Theatre and Morgue Project Space

TheInternational Day of Light– Symposium and Exhibition– brings together academics, artists and curators, with the aim of generating a forum for discussion on the interdisciplinary role of light in contemporary arts. The event is thought in response to the global initiative, lunched by UNESCO, focused on the appreciation of light in society.

Considering the historical relevance of light in arts and the modern discoveries in the scientific field, the question of how light is interpreted by contemporary artists and practitioners has become a matter of interest: How do artists represent light? How do technology and scientific discoveries inform artistic practices? How is light experienced?

The symposium intends to reflect on the intersections between light and arts, theories and practices, technologies and social implications. The exhibition Day of light will present a choice of art-works that, reflecting upon innovative practices and light-based technologies, configure light in between the visible and the invisible.

With the purpose of addressing a discussion on the contemporary understanding of light, this one day-event will celebrate the role of light in arts and culture.

Key Notes: Dr. Junko Theresa Mikuriya, Garry Fabian Miller in conversation with Melanie King


Fay Ballard, Kim Coleman, Maxence Effantin, Michaela French, Mariel A. García-Salinas, Maria Luigia Gioffre’, Dr. Cliff Lauson, Sandy Lee, Dr. Sharon Phelps, Peter Taylor, Tamara Tyrer, Robert Verrill, Sam Winston, Hao Zhang

Exhibiting artists: Victoria Doyle, Jenny Akerlund, Lisa Pettibone, Laura Santamaria, Louise Beer, Melanie King, Diego Valente, Sharon Phelps, curated by LUMEN

Convened by Sara Buoso, PhD candidate at CSM, Melanie King, PhD student, Royal College of Arts, the Light PG Reading Group, LUMEN

The International Day of Light Symposium and Exhibition is a one-day event, hosted at the Chelsea Lecture Theatre, University of the Arts, London, supported by UAL Community Project Fund and the Student Initiative Fund at UAL. 

Info: 16THMay 2018 – UAL Chelsea College – Lecture Theatre and Morgue Project Space – 9.30 am – 6 pm




making; Library Zine Workshops


Workshop series   16 MAY – 13 JUNE | CSM LIBRARY
CSM library invites established and radical zine makers to lead the series making; Library Zine Workshops. You will get a chance to see the CSM Zines Library, an ongoing project supporting visibility, inclusiveness and unlicensed knowledges within our library and then participate in a group zine-making activity lead by artists such as Rudy Loewe and Jacob v Joyce who will be leading a session on de-colonising drawing. Students can take a look at our full programme and visit Academic Support Online to book.

Lindsay Cooper: The Art of Rebellion


In 1977, Cooper co-founded The Feminist Improvising Group (FIG) with Scottish singer Maggie Nicols. FIG’s debut performance was at the “Music for Socialism” festival at the Almost Free Theatre in Soho, London in October 1977. Their pioneering and experimental act focused on female experience and the mundane through music and comedy.

Lindsay Cooper: The Art of Rebellion is an exhibition curated by Central Saint Martins MA students of the Criticism, Curation and Culture course. The exhibit includes never seen before archive material donated to University of the Arts London. Find out more.







Curated by Central Saint Martins’ MA Culture, Criticism and Curation students, CVIVS is an exhibition that uncovers the mystery of the Roman alphabet by going beyond its familiarity and examining the practice of lettering as an interpretation of ancient letterforms and as an aesthetic representation of language. Find out more.

Freedom From Within The Frame


It’s the year 1947, and a significant shift has started within the Central School of Arts and Crafts (which is now Central Saint Martins); William Johnstone, a Scottish, abstract painter-turned-educator, has become Principal. Recruiting artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton to teach, a level of esteem and creativity is brought to the school, reimagining the notion of an art education.

Curated by MA CCC students, Freedom From Within The Frame will demonstrate the aesthetic transitions that took place during this period and its lasting impact on the College.

Tools for Change : Activation Session


Workshop   WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL, 7 – 8.30PM |  MAKERVERSITY (WC2R 1LA)
Makerversity are running a two day hack to tackle air pollution using our community of designers, makers and technologists. Join them for the opening activation session where we will be learning insights from the latest research on the global perceptions on climate change, interrogating the brief, defining specific problem areas and beginning the ideation process. Find out more.

Creating Connections


Creating Connections is a regular networking event that brings together staff and postgraduate students from University College London (UCL) with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations. We have a mixture of themed discussions in small groups and the potential for more informal networking throughout the event with the aim being to find areas of common interest and encourage collaborative working. At this event there will be a particular focus on health, wellbeing and co-production in research. Find out more.

Spaced Out


Spaced Out is a one-day conference looking at the ways visual artists use space in a wider urban and economic context. The conference will explore the varieties and uses of space as used and imagined by artists: from new uses for traditional studio spaces, the impact of rising accommodation costs on London’s creative scenes and cultural output, innovative business spaces and how virtual spaces are used to exhibit, make and sell work. Find out more.

London LASER LL24 Lab #1


Talk    THURSDAY 26 APRIL, 5-8PM | LVMH E003
London LASER returns as London LASER Labs – a student-led takeover, exploring themes at the intersection of art and science through an evening of interactivity, talks and discussion. The first of three sessions, LL24 Lab #1 explores ‘Virtual Imaginaries’ – an expansive theme exploring the neurological, psychological and social implications of immersive technologies and the creative possibilities for interactive imaginary. Visit the event page for more information and to book your free ticket.

The Doctoral Platform at CSM offers PhD candidates the space in which to meet, share research, as well as co-ordinate, curate and participate in a variety of events.

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