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Wednesday 05 May 2021

The Candle Project: Abigail Conway's Intimate Celebration Of Shadow & Light Premieres @ Brighton Festival 2021

As part of Brighton Festival, The Spire premieres a new commission by installation artist Abigail Conway. The Candle Project relaunches the venue's public programme, following a period of closure as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.

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The Candle Project is a timely ritual, a welcome, transformative ode to resilience, a light held up to the dark and an intimate celebration of shadow and light

Abigail Conway invites participants to make a tapered, beeswax candle, cast their own words inside, then place it amongst a larger candle installation. 

As candles slowly burn, remnant messages left behind become glimmering beacons of hope, whispers, for others to discover and take home.   

In a transient world which offers little space for deep listening, The Candle Project reclaims and recreates sacred ground, providing an analogue space for contemplation, connectivity and regeneration.

Built over the course of a week from May 24, the public will be able to experience this installation via a celebratory lighting ceremony, livestreamed on the evening of Saturday May 29. 

This event will mark a communal burn, after a time of transition for many - a transition perhaps unarticulated. 

The livestreamed lighting ceremony will be accompanied by specially created soundscapes with contributions from Brighton & Hove based choirs. 

The following day, installation participants who helped create the artwork are invited to visit The Spire to excavate and receive messages

David Sheppeard, Co- Artistic Director of The Spire, said:

"We are longtime fans of Abigail Conway's work, she transformed our space in 2018 with An Evening With Primrose as part of Brighton Digital Festival. 

"We're thrilled Abigail will be returning with The Candle Project for Brighton Festival and we hope that local communities take us up on the offer of taking a moment to consider the last year and communicate their hopes for the future in this beautiful mediative work." 

For those who can't be there, messages will be posted. Though the excavation won't be livestreamed, it is an essential part of the process. 
At a time of division, The Candle Project, offers spiritual exchanges for secular and non-secular communities.  

It represents mankind's fragility and mortality in action, and how ultimately, connecting with others helps us to carry on. When all is said and done, what words would we write to one another... 

Installation : Monday 24 to Friday 28 May, 12pm–6pm Monday & Tuesday, 12pm–8pm Wednesday to Friday. Audiences can drop in during these times to view the installation process and deposit messages for the candles. Participation in the installation is free but must be pre-booked via  - Lighting Ceremony Livestream Sat 29 May, 8pm

by: Mike Cobley


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