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Leeds Light Night 2016

As part of Leeds Dock's digital art program, a key part of our placemaking strategy for the estate, we curated the Dock's offering for the city wide, 'Elements' themed, Light Night Leeds festival bringing internationally acclaimed artists Squidsoup to the city.

We worked closely with the artists to modify an existing concept to meet a 'water' themed brief. The mesmerising 'Light Water, Dark Sky', an immersive 6m x 6m x 6m installation, set on a floating platform in the middle of Leeds Dock, featured 5,000 independently programmed lights that were choreographed to a track by renowned electronic musician Four Tet that we felt evoked aquatic movements.

The resulting experience delighted over 8,000 visitors of all ages over 2 nights in October 2016.


20 guests at at time were given a set of wireless headphones and guided onto the floating pontoon in the middle of Leeds Dock to experience the installation and soundtrack. 

The installation featured 5,000 individually programmable lights and was choreographed to Four Tet's beautiful music creating a mesmerising performance that changed depending on where you were, this resulted in an increased dwell time for the 8,000+ guests that visited the Dock over 2 nights in October 2016.

The event was complemented by local street food vendors and DJs in the Dock 29 bar adjacent to the Dock. 

Huge thanks to Squidsoup, Four Tet and Sonder Studios.

Thanks also to SKY, 8 Outdoor, Quays Culture and Holiday Inn Express for their support. 

Thanks to Karen Wright and Tom Joy for their fantastic photos.

Allied London (in-house)
Leeds Dock (in-house)

Art Direction.
Music co-ordination.
Project Management.
Event Management & Production.
Marketing, PR & Social Media.
Graphic Design.
Festival and Artist liaison.