Voice & Vote - Women's place in Parliament

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2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed the 1918 Representation of the People Act, allowing some women, and all men, to vote for the first time. 'Voice & Vote' highlights the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

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Sutton Vane Associates were honoured to be asked to light this poignant exhibition at the Houses of Parliament. The exhibition comprises of many previously unseen historic objects, photographs and letters, as well as immersive spaces to help bring to life the experience of woman throughout the history of the Palace of Westminster. 

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As well as the displays and objects, we also lit the immersive spaces which came with their own challenges and creative opportunities: A loft space above the House of Commons Chamber which provided the only opportunity for women to listen to Parliamentary debates, a Ladies’ Gallery installed in the new House of Commons which was closed off by brass grilles to stop MPs seeing the women, and a broom cupboard where a suffragette hid herself to be recorded on that year's census as living at the House of Commons, just to name a few.

 Immersive and interactive - Pick up the phone by this desk which was lit by Sutton Vane Associates and find out more about what it was like to be a woman in the Houses of Parliament 100 years ago.

Immersive and interactive - Pick up the phone by this desk which was lit by Sutton Vane Associates and find out more about what it was like to be a woman in the Houses of Parliament 100 years ago.

On the exhibitions' opening night we met the great-grandson and great-granddaughter of one of the suffragettes who fought hard to secure votes for women, Alice Hawkins. They had a fascinating story to tell about their great-grandmother and they have many invaluable memorabilia of Alice's time as a suffragette. Find out more about Alice's story: Alice Hawkins Suffragette - A Sister of Freedom.

We highly recommend going to see this exhibition, which will be running until 06 October 2018 and is free to visit (but do book a ticket to avoid disappointment). More information: Voice & Vote: Women's Place in Parliament exhibition.

Mark to talk at V&A Lunchtime Lecture

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Lunchtime Lecture: The Art of Museum Lighting

Wednesday, 7 February 2018
13.00 – 13.45
The Hochhauser Auditorium at the V&A Museum
Free event

Join Mark Sutton Vane at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on 07 February 2018 as he discusses how light can enhance the experience of museum visitors and help tell the stories being presented, whilst being mindful of the need to protect sensitive artifacts from over exposure. Mark will draw on his experiences designing lighting for many high profile projects including the Crown Jewels, the Olympic Park, the Magna Carta and the V&A European Galleries.

We hope to see you there!

More information: V&A Lunchtime lecture.

A bright future for Leighton Buzzard's High Street

 An example of up-lighting trees - an idea we have put forward as part of our lighting scheme for Leighton Buzzard's High Street.

An example of up-lighting trees - an idea we have put forward as part of our lighting scheme for Leighton Buzzard's High Street.

We are thrilled that the members of the Leighton Buzzard Cultural & Economic Services Committee have agreed in principle to endorse the Sutton Vane Associates' illumination plan for the High Street.

The idea of lighting the High Street comes at a time when it is "moving away from just bars and clubs and switching to fine dining and nice bars and cafes". The council and local business owners want the area to be a space "where people feel in a safe environment in a nice town centre," says Gennaro Borrelli, chairman of local independent traders’ group LB First.

We are looking forward to starting this project and being part of the revival of Leighton Buzzard's town centre.

Read more about our lighting scheme proposal on the Leighton Buzzard Observer's website: Will this bright idea attract more visitors to Leighton Buzzard?

Mark's light concealment masterclass at LuxLive 2017

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Mark will be giving a masterclass on concealment - 'Light without luminaires' - in the Lightspace Arena at LuxLive 2017, London ExCeL:

"The integration of both daylight and artificial light into a seamless whole is the holy grail of lighting design. In this special presentation, we look at the best techniques for fusing light into spaces with outstanding examples from recent years."

Examples from the Sutton Vane Associates portfolio will include our lighting design at York Minster (winner of Lighting Design Awards 2017 - Heritage Project of the Year) and the National Museum of Oman (winner of Light Middle East Awards 2017 - Public Lighting Project of the Year).

When: Wednesday 15 November 2017
Where: The lightspace.london arena, LuxLive 2017, ExCeL, London
What time: 10:00 - 10:30 am

How to find the Lightspace Arena

This handy floorplan of LuxLive 2017 will help you find Mark at 10:00 am on Wednesday 15 November. The LightSpace Arena is next to the Osram Cafe and the Lumen Cafe.

How to register

Create an account and register for LuxLive 2017 for free entry.

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Light Middle East Awards

An incredibly exciting night at the Light Middle East Awards yesterday in Dubai. Sutton Vane Assiciates was nominated for the Public Lighting Project of the Year for our lighting design at the National Museum of Oman, and we are thrilled to be able to announce that we won!

 Mark receiving the Public Lighting Project of the Year award last nights at the Light Middle East Awards 2017 in Dubai.

Mark receiving the Public Lighting Project of the Year award last nights at the Light Middle East Awards 2017 in Dubai.

 Our award which was presented to Sutton Vane Associates for the lighting design at the National Museum of Oman.

Our award which was presented to Sutton Vane Associates for the lighting design at the National Museum of Oman.

The National Museum of Oman is a new building in Old Muscat, Oman. Sutton Vane Associates are responsible for the design of the lighting of all the galleries and all circulation and behind the scenes spaces, also the lighting of the exterior and the spaces round the building.

Sutton Vane Associates nominated for the Light Middle East Awards 2017

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We are thrilled to have been nominated for a Light Middle East Award 2017 in the Public Lighting Project of the Year category for our lighting design at the National Museum of Oman.

 The facade of the National Museum of Oman, which we lit.

The facade of the National Museum of Oman, which we lit.

 These ancient swords come to their right in our lighting scheme inside the National Museum of Oman.

These ancient swords come to their right in our lighting scheme inside the National Museum of Oman.

Mark will be attending the award ceremony which will take place 19 October 2017 in the International Convention and Exhibition Center in Dubai. 

We are very proud to have received this recognition for our work in Oman and we wish all the nominees the best of luck.

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Winner of the Lighting Design Awards 2017 - Heritage Project of the Year

 Mark Sutton Vane (centre) of Sutton Vane Associates receiving the Lighting Design Award 2017 for Heritage Project of the Year. The award was presented by British Comedian Ian Stone (left) and Jeremy Fielding, Business Development Director of Atrium (right).

Mark Sutton Vane (centre) of Sutton Vane Associates receiving the Lighting Design Award 2017 for Heritage Project of the Year. The award was presented by British Comedian Ian Stone (left) and Jeremy Fielding, Business Development Director of Atrium (right).

We are proud to announce that our lighting design in York Minster was selected as winner of the Lighting Design Awards 2017 in the Heritage Project of the Year category. 

We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award. For those who don’t know, the Lighting Design Awards are like the Oscars of the lighting world.

York Minster is an architectural gem, a place for ceremonies of all shapes and sizes and primarily a place for prayer and reflection. It has been our delight to provide lighting to serve this wonderful place.

Fit for the Future - managing energy and environmental impact

 The Great Gallery, Wallace Collection, lit by Sutton Vane Associates

The Great Gallery, Wallace Collection, lit by Sutton Vane Associates

Mark spoke on lighting at the Wallace Collection to practitioners who want to reduce their organisation’s energy bills and better manage environmental impacts.

“Thanks very much for your input into yesterday’s event, people found your presentation really informative and it was pitched at exactly the right level” - National Trust

Mark talking at the Museums and Heritage Show, London Olympia

The Museums + Heritage Show is taking place on 17 and 18 May 2017 in the West Hall at Olympia, London. The event is free to attend (do make sure you register) and offers "two jam-packed days featuring more than 50 free talks with new ideas and opportunities and to explore new ways of working".  

Light Sensitive: Exhibition Design + Interpretation

Thursday May 18 | 16:00 - 16:40 | Design Theatre, Olympia

Sutton Vane Associates director Mark will be talking about lighting design in the context of exhibitions at the Museums and Heritage Show. He will be joined by Geoffrey Beare, curator at the William Heath Robinson Museum, and Leigh Cain, director at Leigh Cain Creative Ltd

Mark will expose secrets of successfully lighting museums. Taking into account the stories of the exhibits, the constraints of the architecture and the dictates of LUX whilst delivering a welcome visitor experience. Inventive lighting celebrates the master of eccentric engineering at the William Heath Robinson Museum and tells the story of the Battle of Hastings from Dawn until Dusk.

Find out what else is happening at the Museums + Heritage Show: Free Talks | What's On