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White Light sets apprentices to work

In May last year, White Light took on four apprentices to learn the skills of the trade. Recently, they had the opportunity to put those skills into practice.

High House Production Park in Purfleet has been created to provide state-of-the-art facilities for practitioners in the creative and technical theatre industries. The Production Park is home to organisations including the Royal Opera House and the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural.

Recently the Production Park launched a display of a series of sculptures across the 14-acre site. The sculptures on show have been supplied by the Cass Sculpture Foundation, a charitable organisation which aims to commission and display the very best contemporary outdoor sculptures. The pieces on show have been created by five international artists: Antony Gormley, Steven Gregory, Marcus Kleinfeld, Tim Morgan and Jilly Sutton.

For the launch event of the exhibition, the sculptures were lit by entertainment lighting specialist White Light. The project was delivered by White Light’s four lighting apprentices – Natalie Brotherton, Gabrielle Felix-Daramy, Daniel Goodwin and Danielle Morris – under the guidance of project manager Richard Saunders.

The White Light apprentices were charged with designing the lighting for individual sculptures. They made full use of the diverse range of lighting equipment offered by White Light, including low-energy, high output LED lighting fixtures and the HyLight hydrogen fuel cell. The HyLight system silently powers lighting in remote locations whilst creating just water as a waste product.

“We were very pleased with the work our apprentices carried out to launch the sculptures at the High House Production Park,” said Saunders. “They worked as a team to decide how to show each sculpture to best effect and to solve the practical problems of achieving the design. The results were thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended the launch event.”

“As a centre of excellence for creative and cultural industries, High House Production Park puts great emphasis on creating opportunities for skills development,” said Rebecca Lownds of Thurrock Gateway Development, one of the Production Park’s support organizations. “We were delighted that White Light were able to provide apprentices to support the launch of our Sculpture at High House programme. The four apprentices were extremely creative in the way that they lit the sculptures, and we were thrilled with the final result.”