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Night of Heritage Light triumphs at the darc Awards 2016

The Night of Heritage Light (NoHL) organised by the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL), has been named the Best Creative Lighting Event at the darc Awards.

Once shortlisted by a panel of prominent figures within the lighting industry, the prize was then awarded by the votes of 1,300 professional design agencies from around the world, representing true global recognition of the event by the peers of the organisations involved.

On 1st October 2015, the SLL lit 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites in celebration of the International Year of Light, including Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, Blenheim Palace, the Tower of London and Ironbridge Gorge. Each site was allocated a design team, led by a recognised lighting professional and SLL member. The event was also supported by over a hundred lighting professionals, representing 50 organisations.

On behalf of the Society, past-president Liz Peck accepted the award, accompanied by members of the organisational team behind NoHL; Simon Fisher MSLL, SLL Secretary, Brendan Keely and SLL Coordinator, Juliet Rennie. Also integral to NOHL were Rhiannon West and Dan Lister, who were unable to attend.

Jeff Shaw, President of the SLL, said: “It is very exciting to receive an award that is given by our peers in the lighting industry, and a tremendous honour to be recognised by leading designers from around the world.

“The Night of Heritage Light represents all that is exciting and challenging in our industry, and it’s tremendously inspiring to existing lighters and those just joining the profession to see what can be done. Lighting is an art as well as a science, and both these elements were on top form to bring this extraordinary event together.”

Liz Peck, past-president, said: “The Night of Heritage Light was an amazing reflection of the Society and its diverse membership. I couldn’t be prouder of the Society, everyone who took part and the talented teams of industry experts who made it all happen. It is an honour to collect this award in recognition of all they achieved.”

Supported by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), of which the SLL is division, the Night of Heritage Light was designed to showcase the skills and creativity of lighting design professionals to the nation as a whole. It achieved 26 media appearances including the BBC’s The One Show, as well as featuring in 14 regional publications, reaching an audience of over 13 million people.

The Night of Heritage Light was up against similar installations throughout the world, and overcame London’s Lumiere 2016, Rome’s Colosseum Light Messages, San Francisco City Hall Centennial Celebration in the USA and the Manchester Festival of Light and Sound Art, among others.

The darc awards is a unique concept using mondo*arc and darc magazines’ reputation as being two of the most widely read and respected lighting design publications in the world.

With a database of over 1,300 international lighting design practices and, in collaboration with creative consultants Light Collective, the awards have created a unique opportunity to get every practice involved in the awards process.