A magical after-dark trail of light and sound through National Trust Prior Park Landscape Garden

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Join us for an after-dark walk through the garden as Prior Park's historic landscape is brought to life with atmospheric lights, projections and sounds.

Alight! brings together sound and light installations by leading artists Kathy Hinde and Ulf Pedersen, plus emerging talent Wayne Binitie. Explore the illuminated landscape to discover work inspired by nature in an event that transforms Prior Park at Christmas time.

Wrap up warm, and enjoy mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine around the fire at this unique experience for the whole family.

Tickets are for a timed entry between 4.30pm - 8pm. Booking is essential. 

Getting there: The #2 bus provides a regular service from Bath bus and train station to Prior Park . Alternatively, it is a steep 1 mile walk from Bath Spa train station. There is no parking.

Suitability: Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point: Enter at the main visitor reception on Ralph Allen Drive (top of garden).
What to bring and wear: Dress for the weather, with sturdy footwear.
Accessibility: Complete route will involve steps. Part of the route is wheelchair accessible.

About Kathy Hinde
Kathy Hinde’s work grows from a partnership between nature and technology expressed through audio-visual installations and performances that combine sound, sculpture, image and light. She has created light and sound installations in public spaces, including town high streets and nature reserves across Europe, Scandinavia, China, Pakistan, USA, Colombia, Brazil and New Zealand. Kathy has been a Cryptic Associate Artist since 2015.

Luminous Birds is originally commissioned by Kidderminster Arts Festival 2015, with development and sound commissioned by Cryptic 2016.

“… the standout experience is an audiovisual installation by Kathy Hinde: an ingenious music box, in which video of flittering birds on six electricity lines becomes an ever-changing score, their come-and-go presence triggering cracks and clicks in the guts of a piano mechanism. It’s somehow completely alive, and you could relax in its company for hours.”  — Venue Magazine

About Ulf Pedersen 
Architectural in scale, Pedersen’s work transforms the act of looking into a physical experience. Through a kind of light-based alchemy, outdoor spaces metamorphose into something unique and magical. In addition to working closely with the raw materials of the site, he uses light and colour as his essential tools. He has shown his work at Arts Festivals in Sydney, Hong Kong, Hobart & Wellington, as well as at national attractions including Kew Gardens and historic properties.

“Mind-blowingly brilliant. An unforgettably beautiful and resonant experience” — George Monbiot, journalist, on For The Birds

About Wayne Binitie
Currently undertaking his PhD at Royal College of Art, Binitie’s work explores the perception of glacial water through audio-visual art. Wayne has participated in conferences, publications and exhibitions at the national and international level including Atmospheres, Denmark; Largo Sguardo, Rome and S:Future, London. Through Me Flows Water, his new work created for Alight!, rethinks the landscape and water features of Prior Park, inviting audiences to experience the transformation of water in its three states of solid, liquid and vapour. The installation is anchored by the use of his own audio-visual field recordings made at the British Antarctic Survey ice core archive.

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