The Different Light Collective is a small team of producers, technicians and artists working in and around Lincolnshire who are committed to staging events and activities that engage local communities and allow them and their friends and families as well as the wider public to see the place where they live in a different light.
They work 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.
Have a look round our new website to see who we are, what we’ve been doing and what we’ve got coming up next…
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, Stamford Georgian Festival, 1215.Today, Transported, Peterborough Presents, The Mighty Creatives and Imagineer Productions’ Bridge Project. He is also works as a key member of the Creative Team for the Gravity Fields Festival of Arts & Science in Grantham (the Sept 2020 edition was cancelled due to Covid19, but it’ll be back in Sept 2022) and works closely with Andy Johnson-Smith on Spilsby Light Night and other Different Light projects.
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.
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.
Natalia has a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and is currently undertaking a Masters in Theatre at the University of Lincoln. As well as a good spreadsheet, she enjoys working on events which bring communities together through theatre and the arts. Natalia is delighted to return to Spilsby and she’s ready to pick up her paint brush, UV paint and get to work!
I am currently a masters student at the University or Lincoln studying Theatre, having graduated from BA Drama with first class honours. Previously, I’ve been involved with a wide range of creative projects including costume designing, devising theatre and performing theatre for children. I recently fulfilled the role of costume coordinator and assistant artistic director for the LPAC’s recent Christmas Show The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. I’m just a curly creative that loves getting involved with art that brings people together for everyone to enjoy!