The Power of Light

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Light is arguably the most influential force on how we perceive and connect with the world around us....

The Power of Light floods through our lives on a daily basis. It is present in so many forms and is arguably the most influential force on how we perceive and connect with the world around us. We live, communicate and celebrate in all of its mediums. Light has the power to give life and save life. It plays with our emotions and considerably affects the way we feel. 

We interact with this magical and intangible substance, whether natural or artificial, but often overlook or realise the significance or impact it has on us or the spaces we use. Its influence is frequently taken for granted and many underestimate the authority it has on us. Poor lighting design, its quality or too much light in the world are all common scenarios that have facilitated this misperception, but when it is done properly can have an astounding impact!

At Phos, our ambitions are to build a collective consciousness and enthusiasm about the power that light has in the world by developing original, exciting and informative content, told through of some of the world’s most respected and celebrated lighting designers. Their passions and beliefs are aligned with our core values and focused around the emotion that light can bring, so that our community can feel its power…

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Liz West is a British artist (b.1985) who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2007. West’s broad body of work encompasses site-specific installations, sculpture, and wall-based artwork. West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light and aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour. West's investigation into the relationship between colour and light is often realised through an engagement between materiality and a given site. Our understanding of colour can only be realised through the presence of light. By playing and adjusting colour, West brings out the intensity and composition of her spatial arrangements. 

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Liz West Light Artist

After winning scholarships at RADA and LAMDA for Technical Theatre Toby completed a diploma at LAMDA in 2003. Toby soon started his first production company designing and producing private events and concerts, including The Happy Mondays, Sugababes & The Ludlow Shakespeare Festival. Now Toby is the Founding Director of "I Smashed It Productions". He has moved on from Lighting Design into Production Design, creating and developing all elements of a live show. Recent projects include various international festivals and Artists including Matt Corby, Art Vs Science, Elbow, Elton John, The Prodigy, Mogwai, Good Charlotte, James Blake, Lily Allen, Manic Street Preachers, Smirnoff and Plan B. Toby’s most long-standing and continuing client are The Chemical Brothers, working with them since 2003, having completed multiple world tours and headlining festivals around the globe such as Glastonbury and making the feature film ‘Don’t Think’ at Fuji Rock. They are currently in the middle of another world tour - ‘No Geography’.


Toby Dennis Founding Director of I Smashed It Productions.

British artist Bruce Munro is best known for producing large, immersive, light-based installations, which often employ a massing of components by the thousands. An artistic diarist, he has spent over thirty years collecting and recording ideas and images in his sketchbooks, to which he returns over time for source material. Frequently, Munro’s subject matter is his own experience of fleeting moments of rapport with the world and existence in its largest sense—of being part of life’s essential pattern. His reoccurring motif is the use of light on an environmental scale in order to evoke an emotional response in the viewer. His work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, Buckinghamshire; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Artworks by Munro are held in museum and public collections internationally, including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. In 2016, Munro, supported by Australia’s Indigenous Land Corporation, mounted Field of Light: Uluru, at the place that had first inspired it in 1992, fulfilling a dream of almost twenty-five years.


Bruce Munro Light Installation Artist

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