Art Works

Wish Planet is new artwork created by the women of Low Newton Prison and artist Jana Matejkova as part of the LUMIERE light festival taking place across Durham City from 17 – 20 November 2011.

Curated by Artichoke: Helen Marriage

Sound collaboration: Andrew Dickens
Wish Planet is a large- scale artwork inspired by the saying ‘if you see a falling star you can make a wish’. The piece was created using light, sounds and colour over the course of six creative workshops.
Sound recordings of the women's own hopes and wishes, read out by Charlie Darby-Villis (Development worker at HMP/YOI Low Newton) and ripping and rustling paper inspired by the work created in the workshops are used as a base for the composition which suggests the sounds of space.





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Jana Matejkova worked with the women of HMP Low Newton and their children over several months, and in the tradition of wishing on a star, she displays their hopes and dreams in this artwork,Wish Comet.

The installation is made out of the everyday identification wristbands that you might see at festivals or nighclubs. 5,000 of these fluorescently coloured wristbands, bearing the wishes of the women and their children, will react with UV light to become a powerful luminescent artwork. Sound recordings of the children's voices and the women's own hopes spoken by Charlie Darby-Villis (Development worker at HMP/YOI Low Newton) are used as a base for a composition which, in the end, will simulate the sounds of space.