Brighton Festival 2021: Candle Project
St Mark's Chapel, Eastern Road
AboutAn ode to resilience, a celebration of shadow and light, an ancient ritual for our times
'If light is scarce then light is scarce; we will immerse ourselves in the darkness and there discover its own particular beauty.' Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows
Participants are invited to make a tapered candle and cast words inside. As a candle slowly burns, remnant messages left behind become glimmering beacons of hope, whispers, for others to discover and take home.
The Candle Project is a spectacle and a participatory installation, built over a week by those who visit the space. With Abigail, participants assemble a traditional beeswax candle and place it amongst a large candle installation. A lighting ceremony at the end of the week marks a special moment, a communal burn, after a time of transition for many, perhaps unarticulated.
In a time when we are divided socially and politically, the candle project offers spiritual exchanges for all secular and non-secular communities. It represents our fragility and mortality in action, and how, ultimately, connecting with others helps us carry on.
When all is said and done, what words would you write to another...
Participate in the Installation
Supported by Abigail Conway, the sessions are free and open to all, however places need to be booked in advance as there are only 8 available slots per hour. The experience will last up to 45 mins.
Any young person under the age of 18 who would like to participate will need to be accompanied by an adult with their own ticket for the same time-slot.
Installation Mon 24–Fri 28 May
12pm–6pm Mon & Tue
Audiences can drop in during these times to view the installation process and deposit messages for the candles (no booking required)
Candle-making sessions Mon 24–Fri 28 May, 12–7pm
Candle-making sessions are FREE (but must be booked in advance)
Lighting Ceremony Livestream Sat 29 May, 8pm
Message Excavation Event Sun 30 May,
Commissioned by The Spire