Autumn Lights: Artist Liz West casts new light through ancient 16th century hall

Manchester-based artist Liz West – featured previously – has created the first ever contemporary art installation at the National Trust’s 16th century Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire. Called Autumn Lights, it was commissioned by the Trust as part of its ‘Trust New Art’ programme in conjunction with Arts Council England.

Light, as it streams through ancient glass windows, and the effect it can have on our sense of sight is the theme for the artwork, as Liz West explains: "Little Moreton Hall has over thirty thousand lead window panes containing Tudor and Victorian hand blown glass. This is subtly tinted by coloured impurities of copper, iron and magnesium.

"These soft and varied hues create historical ‘colourways’ which I have used to create a series of installations which visually alter how visitors will see the many different spaces in the Hall. Through the constantly changing natural and occasional sunlight, the reflective materials I’ve used will highlight elements of Little Moreton’s architecture which might ordinarily go unnoticed, or be overlooked."

If you want to enjoy Autumn Lights for yourself, it's available to see at Little Moreton Hall, near Congleton, Cheshire, Weds-Sun until 27 November 2016. For more information, visit

Via direct submission | All images courtesy of Liz West


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