ILP and Illuminated River Foundation

The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) is proud to announce that it has established a unique opportunity for a team of volunteer members to undertake a placement with Illuminated River Foundation.

The Illuminated River is a project to create a major public artwork to illuminate up to 15 of central London’s bridges. Once complete, it will be the longest public art commission in the world at 2.5 miles in length, along 4.5 nautical miles of the River Thames, from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge. Illuminated River will be viewed more than 200 million times per year and the first phase of the project is due to launch in 2019.

By creating a single lighting scheme for central London’s bridges, Illuminated River aims to connect, celebrate and capture the spirit of the Thames and its communities. The art commission will be free and publicly accessible to all – Londoners and visitors alike – and will create many more opportunities for people to enjoy and explore the river, Thames Path, bridges and local amenities.

As well as celebrating London’s bridges and their architecture, Illuminated River will use state of the art LED technology which is more energy efficient than the existing lighting on the bridges – contributing to a more ecologically sustainable environment for the river.

Illuminated River will be a catalyst for wider conversations about improvements to public space and lighting. The project is working with bridge owners and local authorities to improve access to and around the bridges, exploring opportunities to make these areas more communal, inclusive and safe, as well as to improve lighting and add better public seating.

The ILP is creating a group of volunteers to experience first-hand the final development of this major art project, undertaken in accordance with ILP Professional Lighting Guides. They will form a small team of members who are in the early part of their careers.

Placement volunteers will find themselves providing practical support to the artist Leo Villareal on site during his late night-time digital sequencing work on and around the bridges. This will be a really interesting opportunity to see at first-hand how the artist programmes the sequencing of the light artwork on the bridges.

The volunteers will share their experience, creating content for the ILP to share with ILP members and the public.

Jess Gallacher, ILP Operations Manager, explains “The Institution of Lighting Professionals exists to connect people’s skills, and help them learn from each other, to provide lighting which improves people’s experience of places. The Illuminated River project is a wonderful example of the effect light can have on our society and we are thrilled to be able to give our members such an outstanding opportunity. If you are involved with a project that ILP members could benefit from in a similar way, please contact me – we would love to provide other opportunities in other areas too.”

The Institution of Lighting Professionals is open to everyone interested in lighting. To discover how to become a member, or to apply for an Illuminated River placement, people should contact jess@theilp.org.uk, introducing yourself and explaining why you would like to be involved.

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