Lux Live

Mark Sutton Vane gave a captivating talk, titled 'Articulating Architecture' at Lux Live 2016. The audience were treated to some of Mark's secrets of how to illuminate architecture respectfully whilst hiding the light sources themselves.

The talk included numerous examples of projects undertaken by Mark such as York Minster, Titanic Belfast, Ely House and Berry Bros & Rudd.

Syon Park Talk


Mark conducts a study day at Syon House, taking the audience through centuries of lighting evolution from fire to Roman oil lamps and candles right up to the very latest in LED lights.

Aimed at those involved in the restoration and redecoration of historic houses, this was a valuable introduction to the best way to approach beautiful and efficient lighting, whilst respecting the integrity of the historic home.

The day was hosted by the well informed Historic Decoration team: Caroline Percy, Oliver Gerrish and Zuleika Parkin. Caroline conducted a tour through parts of Syon House with Mark Sutton Vane explaining the existing light sources and demonstrating lighting possibilities. Oliver was also on hand to provide further information.

The day was rounded off by a fabulous tea in the Green Drawing Room at Syon House, with delicious cakes adorned specially with candelabras made by Zuleika.

A visitor to the study day has since remarked “It was a great day all round”. For further study days on the evolution of historic interiors conducted by leading experts at Syon House:

Light Middle East

On Tuesday 1st November Mark Sutton Vane presented a talk on ‘Light and Shadow Tells the Story and Sells’ at Light Middle East, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Dubai World Trade Centre.

The talk will focused on the power of shadows and how their influence can impact a space just as much as adding light.  Mark explained how to create dramatic effects by blocking light and how specific techniques can benefit particular projects with a series of real world examples.

The annual event showcases the latest global innovations for the entertainment, event, media and creation industries, and is the biggest of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

IALD Enlighten Americas

Mark Sutton Vane presented his talk titled ‘The Delight of Shadows’ to a packed room at South America’s largest specialist lighting event, IALD Enlighten Americas 2016 held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

His chosen topic sparked so much interest that the organisers doubled his allocated time slot to allow for audience participation.

The first half of the talk focused around a presentation on the softer side of lighting.  Mark spoke about the emotion that light and shadow can convey, touching on how to bring out the heart and soul of a room or space by using shadow and light to create truly emotive visual effects. This section also featured more of a technical insight into the ‘Spirit of Shadows’ and demonstrated best practice when working with spaces of differing design and size.

For the final part Mark introduced an interactive element, volunteers from the audience who included budding light enthusiasts from the University of Colorado who used an array of Mark’s specially created cut outs, torches, and filters with varying strengths of light, diffusion, and colour in order to create majestic patterns on the auditorium walls.  Much fun was had by all.

For more information about the role that shadows can play to create mesmerising light patterns for you, please contact us here

Museums and Heritage Show

Mark Sutton Vane presented on the subject of lighting with shadows at the Museums and Heritage Show at Olympia, London.

Mark presented alongside Ellen Tait of the National Railway Museum at York.  The focus of the presentation was the hugely successful temporary exhibition Destination Stations that was staged at the museum earlier this year.

The focus of the exhibition was the design of iconic railway stations.  Mark chose to light the space with a design that echoed the spectacular grandeur of the glass roofs of the station buildings using shadows projected across the exhibition ceiling.

Richly illustrated with photographs and demonstrations of the shadow technique – known as shadowgraph – the talk covered not only the design of the exhibition but also the impact of the lighting on the visitor experience.

Park Light

The image above shows some of the SVA designers with their exhibit at the Park Light event for 2016. The team chose to create an 'Alice in Wonderland' themed exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the novel. It was a great night out and we were awarded 'Quirkiest Exhibit'!

Museums and Heritage Show

Mark presented at the Museums and Heritage Show, showing off the recently completed Grand Gallery in the Wallace Collection. For more more details on this project click here