The Different Light Collective is a small team of producers, technicians and artists working in and around Lincolnshire that is committed to staging events and activities that engage local communities and allow individuals, their friends and families and the wider public to see the place where they live in a different light.
The Collective works with communities, artists, schools, groups, businesses and councils to create special events of different shapes and sizes that amaze and inspire but also get people talking to each other. The Collective works out of Spilsby Sessions House in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
Have a look round our website to see who Different Light is, what it’s been doing and what it’s got coming up next…
Simon Hollingworth - Creative Producer
Simon (also known as Mr Holly) is a freelance Producer who has been based in Lincolnshire working across the arts sector for more than 30 years. From 2004 to 2015 he was the Director of Lincoln Drill Hall, at the time a brand new arts centre for the city & county. Since 2015 he has worked with a wide variety of festivals & events across the region including Frequency Festival, Transported, Peterborough Presents, The Mighty Creatives and Imagineer Productions’ Bridge Project and has also been a key member of the Creative Team for the Gravity Fields Festival in Grantham and Stamford’s biennial Georgian Festival. Simon works closely with Andy Johnson-Smith and Bruce Knight on Spilsby Light Night and an increasingly wide range of other Different Light projects.
Andy Johnson-Smith - Creative Technician
Andy Johnson-Smith is a freelance technician and has been interested in technical theatre from a very early age. He has worked in professional theatre for over 30 years, both in regional venues and on national touring circuits. He has provided technical support to arts venues since the 1990’s and in 2000 took up the challenge of becoming the technical manager at the South Holland Centre, Spalding, where he serviced a vast number of community and amateur productions, touring theatre and music shows, as well as 35mm and digital cinema. He left in 2015 to concentrate on his own technical theatre supply company, Popcorn Media, which he set up in 2011, with the aim of supplying technical equipment and services, specialising in digital projection for theatre. Andy has always had a passion for lighting design and is thrilled to be working with Simon Hollingworth on a wide variety of arts based projects throughout Lincolnshire.
Bruce Knight - Community Producer
Bruce Knight is a Director of the Spilsby Sessions House Project (formerly Spilsby Theatre) and is passionate about community engagement. Having initially studied photography and design Bruce began his working life in photography, film and TV in London before discovering the wonderful Lincolnshire Wolds. Since 2002 he has worked in the arts as a performer, director, producer and venue manager. As a key collaborative artist with the company Copperdollar Bruce worked for several years on outdoor arts events around the UK including large scale immersive theatre work for Glastonbury Festival. He is the current production co-ordinator for the SO Festival Community Stage and Activity Zone and in his supportive role with the Different Light Collective enjoys bringing the community together through Spilsby’s Light Night.
Lumo Workshop - Associate Artists
Evolving from an enduring alliance between theatre designer Louise Jones and artist Nadya Monfrinoli, Lumo Workshop is an artist-led organisation that delivers vibrant sculptural work which is site-responsive and site-specific, often in collaboration with members of the wider community. In a quest to bring engaging art to its audiences and to encourage participation in the arts for all, they are used to the challenges of making work for non-gallery and outdoor spaces in the public realm and have extensive experience of delivering projects with other professional organisations and community groups nationally, internationally and across disciplines including public art, theatre, fashion, carnival, television, museums, events, education and community arts.
You can find more at lumoworkshop.com
William Lindley - Associate Artist
William is a freelance artist who is an associate artist with Different Light and worked on both Spilsby Light Nights in 2019 & 2020. His primary focus is around exploring the transformation of place and landscape. His practice spans works on paper, objects, moving image and installation and is presented in various settings including galleries, concert halls, theatres, museums and historic buildings.
His work draws upon a wide range of sources and inspirations to create works incorporating drawing, intaglio printmaking, photography, film, projection and installation, interweaving traditional techniques with contemporary processes.
He works as an individual and in community and collaborative settings, sometimes incorporating workshops and participation into the development of his work. He also collaborates with other artists and makers, and has recently been working with musicians to incorporate moving image into performance.
Emilie Nunn - Assistant Producer
Emilie is an aspiring Creative Producer who over the last year has worked on Arts based Community Festivals within Lincolnshire including Frequency Festival 2019 and Wulfram 2020.
Emilie’s past and current experience of being a social documentary photographer since graduating from The University of Lincoln with a first class honours degree in Photography in 2017, has led her into Creative Producing. Her past projects have included The Imagineers Community Bridge project and Grantham’s first Arts Trail in 2019.