While the SouthBank Centre remains closed, they are putting on some outdoor events, and this year that will include a winter lights festival.

The displays which run for three months will feature a range of international artists, 17 artworks and new commissions that make use of light, colour and animation.

Their artworks also explore ideas about nature, politics and society, gender, aesthetics and the act of looking.

Some of the light art will include the trees along the riverside being illuminated with glowing neon flex creating a multicoloured canopy over the heads of pedestrians. The balcony of the Royal Festival Hall will also be lit up with a rippling effect – supposed to reflect the Thames.

The Hayward Gallery’s pyramid rooflights will be lit up again with changing colours, while large-scale videos will be projected onto the Royal Festival Hall.

The exhibition is free and is visible from outdoor locations around the site, from dusk until late. The Winter Lights opened on 20th November, although artworks will be added to the site until the exhibition is fully realised in mid-December. It then runs until the end of February.

Cedar Lewisohn and Cliff Lauson, Curators, say: “As the winter darkness descends, this outdoor exhibition radiates light. We have worked with a number of artists to create an uplifting experience and to provide artistic inspiration for visitors during these challenging times.”

Participating artists in the Winter Light free outdoor exhibition are: Simeon Barclay, David Batchelor, James Clar, Shezad Dawood, Kota Ezawa, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Suzie Larke, Teemu Määttänen, Tala Madani, Tatsuo Miyajima, Louiza Ntourou, David Ogle, Katie Paterson, Jini Reddy, Martin Richman, Tavares Strachan, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Emma Talbot and Toby Ziegler.

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