By Joshua Robinson –
Ten sheep sculptures are to be exhibited at this year’s Lumiere, the UK’s light art biennial, which takes place in Durham from 16-19 November. Last seen at HERD, Orlando Gough’s musical artwork was a part of Kirklees Year of Music, the sculptures were 32 sheep that broadcast soundscapes across the Kirklees landscape in July 2023.
Lumiere producers Artichoke, who also produced HERD, approached Huddersfield-based artist and sheep creator Dave Young, to bring some of the original HERD sheep to Lumiere as part of a light installation, Rumination, one of more than 40 light installations set to transform Durham next month.
Helen Marriage, Artistic Director and CEO of Artichoke said: “This is a great opportunity to bring to life Dave Young’s brilliant sheep sculptures in a new way, and will give Lumiere visitors a chance to fall in love with them as did the people of Kirklees.”
Dave Young said: “I’m really pleased to be able to feature some of the sheep sculptures at Lumiere as a new artwork. They look even more magical when they are illuminated from inside.”
This outing for the Kirklees sheep sculptures takes place while arrangements continue to be made for their permanent residencies. Some are being sold to raise funds for Artichoke, a registered charity, to continue to invest in the production of future large-scale public art projects.
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Other sheep are being donated to community and public organisations. Last week, Jiggit, the sheep sculpture inspired by Vivienne Westwood and the Punk movement, took up residence at Yorkshire Youth Music’s media centre, where it will be on view to the public.
Helen Marriage continued: “I know there is a lot of interest in what happens to the sheep, and people can rest assured that good homes are being found for them all, including in public locations where people will be able to view them. And to the people of Huddersfield, please watch this space, because early next year we will be back with a film of the production, featuring Orlando Gough’s wonderful compositions as played by local musicians, as well as the beloved sheep”.
HERD was a collaboration between artists and local people, devised by composer Orlando Gough and produced by arts production company Artichoke as part of Kirklees Year of Music 2023.
It traced the cultural and industrial story of Kirklees, through its many musical traditions, past, present, and future, with a series of original soundscapes commissioned from local artists and broadcast across Kirklees through the sheep sculptures.
More than 350 local artists, musicians, members of community choirs, and schoolchildren took part in the project.
Lumiere, the UK’s Light Art Biennial, will take place in Durham from 16-19 November.
To learn more, please visit: www.lumiere-festival.com.