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Four years ago a number of us came together at Community Art Works over several weeks to work on a project 'Camp Light' for the 2016 Light Nelson event. It was a collaboration between the Collective and The Sukita Project.
Last year the project was presented at the Costume and Textile symposium (CTANZ) at the Suter and following that we were asked to write a paper for 'Context' which we are very proud to now see in print!

A big thank you to our Kayan community, Community Art Works and to everybody who worked on this project.

The Light Nelson Event has unfortunatly been postponed until 2021 due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The event has also been rename 'Te Ramaroa'. More information can be found on the event website.

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Jamie first became involved in Light Nelson when he was just 11, helping Lori with the 'I'm going Bat's' project. Two years later Jamie became the youngest Light Nelson artist when he created a paddle boat for the 2016 event.
Shortly after, Jamie wrote the programming sequence and helped assemble Anthony Genet's St Elmos fire sculpture exhibited at Lux in Wellington. Jamie has continued to work with Anthony over the years, helping to create the control circuits for the 'Cathy Wheel' neon artwork for the 2018 event, and then more recently the "Guiding Star" artwork that adorned the cathedral at Christmas.
Under Anthony's guidance, and with help from the wider Collective, Jamie, now 17, has continued to develop and learn new skills, now working with glass for his project for the 2020 event.

"I just gave Jamie the tools to work with and as the capable young man that he is he took the opportunity and made the most of it." Anthony said.

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For Christmas you can now play Jingle Bells on the clock tower (or anything else you like). Merry Christmas everybody. (once it's dark dark the clock faces will change to the colour of the corresponding notes of your composition)

Click on the image below to go to the project website.


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