Audience key to Light Nelson

00:58, Apr 08 2014
Rainbow in the Dark
LUMINOUS: Ben Clegg and Enfys Bellamy's 'Rainbow in the Dark' installation in at Light Nelson in Queen's Gardens last year.

Endangered bats hanging in the trees, illuminated sheep and a walk down memory lane with the milk bottles are among works being created for Light Nelson.

Close to 40 works have been selected for the three-night event in Queen's Gardens from July 11.

Selection committee chair Jo Kinross said artists submitting projects this year had more grasp of the concept and offered a lot more audience participation, even as the work takes shape.

"The Nelson Art Club's entry is Ships that Pass In The Night . . . they're inviting people to send in their immigration stories and images online to be worked into their installation."

Kinross said Light Nelson would engage people on different levels.

"Light Nelson is an exhibition where many of the works invites the audience to help to create the art work, they are the focal point of the project, rather than just coming to look at something."

The event's founder John-Paul Pochin said he was inspired by the collaboration around Light Nelson.

"We saw this last year with artists working on their projects with engineers and IT people, and this year we've got more of this, as well as partnerships with the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology where design students are working on projects as part of their curriculum, with the School of Music who have the light and theatre installation Jeu Play adjacent to our site as part of their Winter Music Festival. The Suter is on board with an ‘immersive experience' in their theatre, and iwi are involved in an installation that is being put together by Auckland artist Philip Matthews and taonga puoro expert Richard Nunns."

Light Nelson will be on at the same time as the Nelson Art Expo and the Winter Music Festival, all promoted by Nelson Tasman Tourism.