'Lights of Leamington' to be switched on for display - The Leamington Observer

'Lights of Leamington' to be switched on for display

Ian Hughes 14th Jan, 2018   0

THE LIGHTS of Leamington will be in the spotlight at a new exhibition in the town.

During the 1950s an annual autumn festival known as The Lights of Leamington drew 300,000 visitors to the town. Thousands of coloured electric lights turned Jephson Gardens into a wonderland until the switch was turned off in 1961.

The Lights of Leamington exhibition has been curated by Birmingham-based artist Stuart Whipps and shows the diverse ways light runs through the collection at Leamington Art Gallery and Museum.

Lights used during the historic festival will be on display alongside light emitting objects linked to Leamington’s history, such as lights used in medical spa treatments, and paintings and photographs depicting or utilising light.

Stuart will talk about the exhibition and new work created at the latest Friday Focus talk at the museum on Friday (January 19), from 1pm. The talk is free and there is no need to book.

The exhibition, at the art gallery and museum, is also free, and runs from Friday until April 15.

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