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Illumini Event 2012

Illumini will take you on a journey of Victorian hauntings, explore the dark side of a city long forgotten. Take torch light tours beneath the haunted streets of the city



An electrifying new exhibition with a difference, starting with an opening night on thurs 4 th September 2008, which is complimented with a full evening of free entertainment, fire performers, jugglers, stilt walkers and light shows with all performance artists, working with illumination taking place throughout the crypt and its grounds. This is no elitist art Private View night, this is an evening where everybody is welcome. Illumini will not just showcase art it will entertain, introducing all communities that may not normally visit the arts to a different approach.

Illumini brings together a variety of artists, all sharing a passion for the subject of light. Set in the famous St Pancras crypt, these impressive pieces of artwork come to life in this desolate and unsettling environment. Come along to experience the illuminatory and dazzling effect this diverse collection of artwork has on the crypt’s dark environment.

Travel down abandoned corridors and venture into secret recesses to explore a wide variety of artwork. The pieces range from photographs and paintings depicting light, to sculptural works that literally glow; at once transforming the crypt’s murky and shadowy atmosphere like never before.
For more information on the art and artists involved please visit our artists page.

We are very pleased to have the Cambridge University Fire Troupe, Jedi Jugglers, Rhythm & Balls juggling club and The Impromptu collective,who will be entertaining you on the opening night with their amazing talents. This will be a spectacular show of illumination.

For further information on the performers please visit Illumini 2008 artist's page,

The grand opening night of the first Illumini event attracted over 3,000 people, with queues snaking around the church and along the Euston road, the crowds were entertained by the fire performers and jugglers working with illumination and stilt walkers. The atmosphere was electrifying, children interacting with the performers, visitors got into the spirit of the event by using the glow sticks as their own media to create works of art both on their person or a work of art in one of the many hidden spaces within the crypt.

The exhibition continued on to the 17th September and attracted 7,145 visitors in all. The response from people was amazing and they continually enquired about the possibility of a next event. Many returned again and again finding something new each time. Visitors were from a broad range of backgrounds, from commuters working or travelling through the area, to local people who live in the borough and even people travelled from as far as Devon, Cornwall, Wales the north of England. We even had visitors from as far a field as Europe and the USA. Families found this a great opportunity to visit the arts and introduce their children to it, the children were mesmerized with the glowing art work and light effects throughout the crypt.

IlluminI had been a huge success and done exactly what it was intended to do, it introduced so many people to arts, who had never been before, commenting, how they did not realise art could be so much fun and so interesting. We deigned a light sculpture were comments could be added onto the piece, some of which can be seen on our comments page. Anyone that visited that would like to write about their experiences or any comments you have please email them in, we will try to put as many up as possible on the web site. To be added to the Illumini mailing list for future free events, please email via the contacts page.

If you know of any unusual places were you would like to challenge illumini, to create an event please get in touch with the curator via the contact page.