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Welcome to Lumiere Durham 2017

Durham University is proud to be a major partner of Lumiere 2017.

Back in Durham for the fifth time, from 16 to 19 November, artists from around the world will illuminate the City in delightful and unexpected ways, with a series of light installations to explore.



Across Durham City, 29 artworks will illuminate the November skyline with Durham University playing host to a number of installations.

From the beautiful Botanic Garden to our outstanding new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics and historic Durham Castle (University College) on the City’s iconic World Heritage Site, we are proud to be home to a number of Lumiere’s spectacular exhibits and to welcome visitors to Lumiere to the University.

Related Research

Durham is one of the world’s leading research intensive universities, with experts drawn from around the globe.

Our research has helped to inspire a number of the installations that will enthral visitors to Lumiere. This year the festival will showcase the work of our renowned Institute for Computational Cosmology which is investigating the mysteries of the Universe.


Each year we welcome thousands of visitors to our museums, attractions, public lectures, festivals and sports and arts facilities.

Our staff and students also take part in extensive volunteering and outreach programmes, supporting community projects and taking their expertise into the region’s classrooms to enhance children’s learning. Find out more here about how our experts are helping to bring Lumiere to the public.

Lumiere Durham 2017

Lumiere Durham 2017

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If you enjoyed Lumiere 2017, here’s another chance to see some of the installations and find out more about Durham University’s involvement in the UK’s biggest light festival:

The EAGLE Project Explained

The EAGLE Project Explained

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The EAGLE Project aims to create realistic simulations of galaxies to understand the origin and evolution of the universe. The project is behind the art installations 'Cosmic Architecture', 'Cosmoscope' and 'What Matters' which are part of Lumiere Durham 2017 - more information:

Finola Finn - Know Thyself

Finola Finn - Know Thyself

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Durham University History PhD student Finola Finn tells how her research inspired her exhibit at Lumiere 2017, the UK's biggest light festival.