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Dear Light Artists,

Here's a chance to amaze Light Festival directors from all around the Globe! We are looking for exceptional visions, creative minds, inspiring collaborations to share countless memorable experiences within our common journey.

Join our Light Art Community!



  • ILO is a collaboration of 28 prominent Light Festivals from all around the globe, and still growing!!

  • ILO AWARD: Our jury of festival directors is going to select an artwork to award with our prestigious ILO Award in memoriam Jean-Francois Zurawik.

The Award includes:

  • Potential participation at the general meeting of ILO

  • Introduce him/herself to the festival directors in person

  • Contribution up to 300 Euros to travel and accommodation fees

  • Trophy of acknowledgement

  • Through our Artist Platform, we directly connect artists with festival directors to encourage exceptional collaborations.

  • Our international Team provides worldwide exposure for the artists.

  • Every application is reviewed carefully, and accessible for each Light Festival to select.

  • Do not miss out on opportunities to learn, grow, develop and create together with this awesome team of creative minds.



If you have been looking for the right people to get in touch with, if you have always aimed to join light festivals, take this opportunity!

  • Through the ILO Artist Database artists are given the convenience to present their projects to all member festivals at once throughout the year.

  • A single submission reaches all member festivals (28 and growing).

  • All entries are kept confidential.

  • The database works on a subscription-based model.

  • The yearly subscription fee per project to reach all festivals is 35 € (2.92 €/mo).


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This mesmerising collection of new light artworks brings nine stunning pieces to Canary Wharf to illuminate the night

What: The launch of Connected by Light; a new event to showcase innovative UK light artists

When: Tuesday 2 December 2020 – Saturday 27 February 2021

Time: Dusk - 10pm daily

Where: Canary Wharf

How Much: Free

Nearest Stations: Canary Wharf DLR station and Canary Wharf tube station

More information: or follow Canary Wharf on Instagram

Connected by Light, a vibrant collection of inspiring light artworks, is set to captivate Londoners this December and January. Igniting the sky through vivid displays, this curation of artwork exudes warm glows, subtle hues and expressive colours - all beneath the setting of the Canary Wharf skyline.

Spanning nine-weeks, the collection of nine light artworks showcases the intricate work of UK artists, and affords visitors the opportunity for moments of calm and reflection. Lighting the path into the new year, Connected by Light provides the perfect opportunity for an evening of escapism.

The exhibit is complemented by a further eight light art pieces which are part of Canary Wharf’s public art collection. Over 75 pieces by 50 world-renowned artists are situated on the Estate, free to visitors all year round.

Careful steps have been taken to ensure that winter activities at Canary Wharf can be enjoyed in a Covid-secure manner, and Connected by Light is no different, with light works found glowing across the Estate’s parks, gardens, squares and open spaces. Ensuring visitors have plenty of opportunity to enjoy them, some installations can be viewed at any time of day, while others will come to life after dark. Visit after dusk to see the pieces at their mesmerising best.

Visitors should download the Connected by Light map from ahead of their visit to see the locations of the artworks and create their own journey around the installations. Those in need of warming refreshments or some retail therapy, can visit one of Canary Wharf’s hundreds of bars, shops and restaurants open during their visit.

Canary Wharf’s annual Winter Lights festival, which attracts over 400,000 visitors each year, will look to return in the future. In the meantime, Connected by Light is set to spark Londoners’ winter evenings into life.


  1. Telling a story across the paths of Jubilee Park, The Stories Under Our Feet, by Elisa Artesero, is a poetry experience like no other. Disappearing text falls from beneath the benches, clustering into poems that paint the path beneath. The words encourage visitors to contemplate and connect, as they wander through the collection of illuminated verses.

  2. The sky is the limit for Connected by Light, as part of Canary Wharf’s recognisable skyline is transformed into a beautiful beacon of light for the exhibition. Newfoundland, the newest residential addition on the Estate, hosts Hawthorn’s Newfoundland Reflections, a piece which is visible from the City. The 60-story tower is transformed into a glowing spectacle, reflecting onto the dark waters below.

  3. Neon Tree, also by Hawthorn, intertwines the forces of technology and nature, as bare branches from the natural structure are coiled with shining neon. Visit during the day to see its subtle glow or visit at night to witness the colours shine in all their glory.

  4. Splashing the paths of Westferry Circus, Tetra Park, by Mandylights, is an exploration of colour progression, displayed over the floor in geometric forms. At points, the shades seem to be working in collaboration, before merging into an unruly mix of captivating chaos.

  5. Also featuring from Mandylights is Colour Cubeda single light source that creates a kaleidoscopic display of energetic light, through an innovative coloured glass technique. The artwork envelopes the senses of those who view it and inspires a creativity and joyousness fit to lighten the darkest of evenings.

  6. With 2020 defined by working from home, Office Party, by Parker Heyl, plays with fantasy and imagination to create a workspace coming to life in the absence of its workers. Flickering blinds, partnered with office like structures adapting to the needs of its inhabitants, create a playful picture of a living, breathing workspace.

  7. Artistic duo, Baker & Borowski, apply their own personal spin to Lewis Carroll’s iconic Alice in Wonderland, to create Curious Fluorious. The impressive sculpture-like pieces dominate the space with an enchanting glow, creating a selfie-perfect backdrop for visitors who visit the installation.

  8. Elsewhere, Squidsoup returns to the Estate to decorate Montgomery Square with Murmuration. Several hundred luminous orbs dance in a synergy of light and sound, all connected through a channel of data that pass through this shimmering network. Named after the captivating flight patterns of a group of starlings, the artwork’s lights, and trance-like sounds, navigate through the orbs and the space of the iconic Square.

  9. Bringing the past into the present, Ghost Trees, from Tom Wilkinson reimagines an extraordinary historic event that was discovered during the construction of the East India Docks in 1970. Evidence shows that remains of a great subterranean forest laid here before its construction, but curiously the trees showed signs of being swept southward by a great force of unexplained nature. The glowing LED rings across the surface represent where these mysterious trees would have originally lived under the docks.

The full list of new and existing light installations can be viewed below.

Elisa Artesero

The Stories Under Our Feet


A poetry trail across Jubilee Park is created by shadows of text delivered from underneath the benches


Newfound Reflections


The 60-story Newfoundland tower is reimagined into a colourful spectacle of light, beautifully reflected on the waters below


Neon Tree


A stunning neon sculpture in the heart of Canada Square Park


Tetra Park

UK/ Australia

Tetra Park is a geometric artwork at Westferry Circus that explores colour progressions through a complicated series of linear pathways


Colour Cubed

UK/ Australia

The artwork uses a single traditional lamp along with long-used coloured glass techniques to cast a display of coloured light just as brilliant, dominant and inspiring as any other artwork or object in our lives.

Parker Heyl

Office Party


Office Party at 20 Water Street comes from the idea that our workspaces may come to life in our absence. Think magical moving blinds alongside responsive and kinetic structures

Produce UK - Baker & Borowski

Curious Fluorious


Artists Baker & Borowski are turning Lewis Caroll’s much-loved Alice in Wonderland into a magical fluoro installation for the modern day - ‘Curious Flourious’. The piece showcases giant sculptural pieces that reimagine the area with a mesmerizing glow




Several hundred networked orbs, each containing lights and a speaker, create an awe-inspiring swarm of networked data moving through real space in Montgomery Square

Tom Wilkinson

Ghost Trees


A visualization of a mysterious part of history at Middle Dock. The circular beacons of light represent the forest that laid there, many years ago

Julius Popp



An ever-changing cascade of words sourced from the live newsfeed of

Michael Rovner



The 16-metre-long screen-based artwork addresses themes of humanity, history and time. The video artwork references the striking architecture of London and captures the lively character of the new Canary Wharf Elizabeth line station

Bill Culbert

Coupe De Foudre II

New Zealand

This neon light sculpture consists of lines of coloured light that flows seamlessly through the inside and outside of the building, creating the illusion of one continuous piece


The Clew


The Clew is devised of 100 circles of red light to curate a stunning structure around the Cubitt Steps Bridge

Martin Richman

We Could Meet


We Could Meet sees a collection of over 500 illuminated acrylic rods installed in the water pathways of Crossrail Place. Visible from above, it is programmed so that it changes colour and frequency throughout the day and evening

Paul Handforth

Time & Tide


With its hourglass design and colours inspired by nature, this artwork looks to remind viewers of the importance in halting plastic pollution in our oceans

Camille Walala

Captivated by Colour


Adams Plaza Bridge is reimagined with a wrap of geometric patterns that morph as one moves through the tunnel

LBO Lichtbank

Light Benches


10 stunning light benches, which are part of the permanent art collection

For further information, please contact:

Martine Basson, Canary Wharf Group

Tel: 020 7418 2000


Lewis Durkin, Brands2Life

Tel: 020 7592 1200


Getting here:

Tube: Jubilee line to Canary Wharf station

DLR: Canary Wharf or Heron Quays stations

River Bus: Thames Clippers to Canary Wharf Pier,

Bus: D3, D7, D8, 135, 277

About Canary Wharf Group

Canary Wharf Group has overseen the largest urban regeneration project in Europe and is a fully integrated private real estate company that develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 7.7 million square feet of office space, 0.9 million square feet of retail and over 500 completed Build to Rent apartments.

The company’s current £3.6 billion development pipeline is composed of 1.0 million square feet of office/retail properties, and over 3,200 new homes: for sale, for rent, intermediate and affordable. It currently has 2.7 million square feet under construction today, and 2.5 million square feet in planning, with a further planning opportunity for North Quay of 3.8 million square feet for mixed use development.

Canary Wharf Group is an industry leader in sustainability including purchasing 100% renewable electricity for the Estate since 2012 and zero waste going to landfill from the managed Estate since 2009.


Instagram: @canarywharflondon @woodwharf Twitter: @YourCanaryWharf; @CanaryWharfGrp @Level39CW, @Wood_Wharf

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Updated: Nov 13, 2020

Dear ILO members,

We are very sad to announce the passing of Jean-François Zurawik.

He has been at the very creation of ILO, many years ago and has always been a reference for many of us.

He will for sure remain a Light over our community and seeing the confusion that is spreading fast on media today, we can say he had a profound influence on the Festival of Light area.

He has held the position of the Director of Events in the city of Lyon, including the direction of the famous “Fête des Lumières”.

On top of that, speaking of a great man, he was a great person and many of us have had the opportunity to share moments of friendship with him, all around the world.

Jean-François, your light will continue to shine on ILO!

ILO Board Members

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