LUX launches at Addlestone One

A picture of artist Emma-Leone Palmer holding a paintbrush against a teal backdrop.
Artist Emma-Leone Palmer

Runnymede Borough Council and local shopping centre Addlestone One are proud to present a never-before-seen, month-long immersive experience featuring renowned Surrey artist Emma-Leone Palmer.

Kicking off in October, LUX, will see Emma-Leone Palmer partner with Reel Craft to create a pop-up interactive art installation within a 6,000 sq ft unit at Addlestone One.

The artist will spend a month creating one of her largest paintings to date whilst using the latest LED technology and motion capture techniques to change the colour of the space in reaction to her movement as she paints. The project will conceptualize personal energy, how we exist in space and our relationship to the digital world watching us.  

The public will be able to experience the pop-up installation first-hand through a series of free open events, where they will also get to meet the artist and watch her in action. Free tickets will be available to book through www.projectlux.io for the following dates and times:

  • Thursday 21 October, 5pm – 8pm
  • Friday 22 October, 5pm – 8pm
  • Saturday 23 October, 10am – 4pm

A private Q&A session will also be held for local students studying at nearby schools and colleges where they will get the opportunity to ask her questions. Royal Holloway, University of London students have also been given the opportunity to volunteer on this project, building their portfolios in the process.

Cllr Nick Prescot, Leader of Runnymede Borough Council said: It is incredibly exciting to be working with Emma-Leone to create a dynamic cultural experience in the centre of Addlestone, more often seen in London.”

We hope the project inspires residents of all ages. We need to think creatively to encourage people back into our town centres and shops, and this is a great way to reach out and bring people in to see vibrant art and make the most of their town. Everyone who visits and spends money in Addlestone will be supporting local businesses and the economy in the process.”

Ron Melia, Addlestone One Centre Manager said: The pandemic has affected high streets up and down the country, creating challenging trading conditions for many retailers. At Addlestone One we recognise the importance of thinking outside of the box to support businesses.

With the experience economy growing rapidly since Covid, LUX provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase one of Surreymost exciting artistic talents. The pop-up will create an interactive event to inspire visitors, before they make the most of Addlestone Ones exciting bars, restaurants, and cinema.”

Emma-Leone Palmer is a vibrant, British, figurative painter who fuses the classical with contemporary energy. With canvases in collections around the globe and studio based locally in Addlestone, her career spans from Raphaels Italian studio to Sky Portrait Artist of the Year, The London Contemporary Art Prize to her iconic Afterglowseries, which launched Castle Fine Arts flagship store in Mayfair in 2019.

Emma-Leone Palmer said: From the moment I walked into the space, the idea of LUX was born. I wanted to bring something new and exciting to our community, the fact LUX is outside of London makes it even more important. It is wonderful to work with such innovative partners, who have the vision and passion to help bring this unique concept to life.”

LUX is supported by Castle Fine Art and Cass Art.

You can read more about the project by visiting https://projectlux.io/about

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Published: 4 October 2021