The Candle Project
Phote Credit: Rowan Briscoe
Past Event
Visual Arts

Abigail Conway: The Candle Project

Fri 28 May - Sun 6 Jun 2021
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An ode to resilience, a celebration of shadow and light, an ancient ritual for our times 

Scroll down to watch the special Lighting Ceremony below, livestreamed on Sat 29 May, 8pm and available to watch until Sunday 6 June.

'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.


Watch The Lighting Ceremony Here on Sat 29 May, 8pm

Join us for this special livestream on Sat 29 May which is being held at The Spire. 

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Interview: 5 Minutes with Visual Artist Abigail Conway

We have a quick chat with Abigail to find out more about the inspiration behind The Candle Project and how you can take part.

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