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PEAK / COPA at Cardiff Contemporary


Limelight / Calcholau

Rob Smith & Charles Danby


Live Stream Event 

Saturday 22nd October, 6-7pm
Brickworks, Williams Court, Trade Street, Cardiff,
CF10 5DQ
and online

Artist Talk at Brickworks, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October, 2-3pm

Installation remains open to the public until Saturday 19th November, Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm

Visit the Peak blog for more information:

Limelight is a project developed by collaborative artists Rob Smith and Charles Danby, based in Newcastle. Supported by Peak/Copa and the Canal & River Trust, the project researches and responds to the working landscape of canals, quarries, tramways and kilns that serviced the lime industry of the rural Black Mountains which in turn fed the nation’s heavy industries that roared through South Wales.

For their Cardiff Contemporary commission, the artists will use digital means to bring reflections on this history to urban audiences by streaming a series of live illuminations at nightfall from Llangattock Limekilns in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park to the Welsh capital and online. The live stream event will present multiple perspectives of landscape, combining live with recorded footage, audio and performance in an immersive experience. The illuminations will be created with limelight itself, an intense, pure white light generated through heating quicklime at high temperature, used in the 19th century for land survey work and stage lighting. Each live broadcast will last as long as it takes for the chemical reaction to be exhausted.

Peak/Copa will pitch up its Horsebox Studio outside Cardiff Castle during the opening weekend of Cardiff Contemporary (Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd October) which will act as a resource space for members of the public with an intriguing collection of artist films, vintage books, maps and lime materials related to the Limelight project.

For more information contact Rebecca Spooner, Creative Director: / 01873 811579


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