Holley, Patrick (2016) Lightworks. N/A. (Unpublished)


The output is a curated project called ‘Lightworks’ culminating in a show in 2016. The project was funded by Arts Council England, North East Lincs Council, Shoreline Housing Association and local businesses. The premise of the event was to reclaim the unloved and dangerous parts of Grimsby Town for local people. Holley, with his business partner Chris Lillywhite, organised and curated the event. Research process: The project started as a local event but became an international one. A series of landmark buildings in the centre of Grimsby were chosen to create an immersive environment of carefully curating sound art, film projection, digital mapping, physical 2 and 3 d works and performance. The 2016 event centred around a group of brutalist tower blocks that were condemned for demolition the following year. The event featured art by established and emerging practitioners. Work was commissioned and selected from local, national and international artists and filmmakers. Research insights: The project was created with these values and insights: art is for everyone; events should be for the senses as well as the brain; art can make you feel differently about where you live; location is important; more is sometimes better; ambition, soul and teamwork are everything. Holley found that one does not have to know about art to enjoy the work. Dissemination: The project was disseminated via exhibition at ‘Lightworks’ in Grimsby town centre, 16 October – 13 November 2016.

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