Gathering | Souls

Close-up photo shows the top of a golden cube illuminated by the interior lights of the church

Cheriton Light Festival 2018

All Souls Church, Cheriton, Folkestone.

Curated by Strange Cargo, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February, 6-9pm.

Close-up photo shows the top of a golden cube illuminated by the interior lights of the church

Cheriton Light Festival is an annual Winter festival set in Cheriton, Folkestone, the home of Strange Cargo. For the 2018 event, Kate had the idea to quickly make gold cubes and place them in a church to contrast the predominantly electronic lights used in the rest of the festival.

Gathering | Souls’ was an analogue light installation inside All Souls Church, using gold leaf gilding onto wooden cubes of wood made from discarded plywood found in Cheriton. Each cube was positioned onto stands to reflect the candlelight.

Visitors needed to wait until their eyes adjusted to the darkness of the church interior to see the subtle effect of the 21ct gold surfaces being illuminated by candlelight.

Photo showing the dark interior of the church with candles along the central aisle illuminating the gold boxes
View of the installation from the central aisle.
Photo of the dark interior of the church where the setting sun outside can be seen through the stained glass window
The sun sets through the West end windows of the church.

The cubes were angled toward the alignment of the setting sun on that weekend.

Photo showing the dark interior of the church, candles along the central aisle burning bright as the crowd pass through the installation in slow exposure
Hundreds of people, if not a thousand, passed through the installation of illuminated cubes.

Inside each cube is sealed a message to Kate’s recently departed dog, Miffy who died in January 2018.

Documentary Photography by Nathan Eaton-Baudains AKA mistereb and Kate Beaugié.

Slow-exposure photo of Kate lighting candles where a visible light trail left by the match can be seen
This long-exposure photograph by mistereb shows Kate lighting the candles in succession.