Art and Light at Light Up Barnard Castle

We are delighted to have secured two inspiring art installations for Light Up Barnard Castle. You can read more about both here.

love IRL

A sculptural heart which acts as a magnetic beacon for audiences, ‘love IRL’ is an ode to the complexities and contrasts between human connections in the digital and real world.

Referencing the popular acronymn IRL (in real life), the work encourages enjoyment of real world moments whilst playfully and ironically encouraging audiences to pose, snap and share via their online life.

Made entirely of intersecting linear lines fabricated using steel and coloured shards, the sculpture visualises what love in real life feels and looks like – colourful fragmented pieces that form a whole – whilst commenting on the need for balance between real and virtual interaction.

Originally commissioned by The Culture House Grimsby and North East Lincolnshire Council. Exhibited at Canary Wharf Summer Lights and Killhope Lead Mining Museum.

love IRL will be on Scar Top for the evening and then situated at the Hub for a month or so.


Inspired by the fascinating world of minerals found within Killhope Lead Mining Museum’s vein-like network of abandoned mines, /w/under describes a series of sculptures by artist Stuart Langley which mimic the kaleidoscopic awe of the treasure to be found under our feet.

Erupting from the ground with a compelling and confident energy, the crystal-like sculpture invites visitors to navigate a colourful archway and imagine the slow motion alchemy magically taking place beneath the surface.

Commissioned by Killhope Lead Mining Museum 2022. The bridge will be in the grounds of the castle for the evening only.

art installation Light Up Barnard Castle

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