Luminarium FAQs

What is a Luminarium? 

A Luminarium is a sculpture you enter for an encounter with light. This immersive art installation has been likened to a labyrinth. Walking through will awaken all of the senses, creating a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages. Many people find the luminarium calming – a place for rest or meditation. Others are simply hypnotised by this amazing world of light and subtle and saturated hues. 

The beautiful colours are created by natural light travelling through the material of the Luminarium walls. You will hear an ambient soundtrack. Each visitor has their own way of exploring the structure – some like to see every twist and turn, whilst others prefer to find a spot to rest and contemplate. We encourage you to explore in your own way!  

Once you are ready to leave, you can do so through the one-way exit. 

The Luminarium looks like this: 

How long does it last? 

That is up to you! A visit usually takes between 20 minutes and an hour – you are welcome to stay and relax. 

Most people naturally spend around 20-30 minutes inside. At busy times, we may place a time limit of 20 minutes on your visit to allow as many people as possible to experience the Luminarium. 

Who is Luminarium by? 

Luminarium is brought to you by Nottingham-based company Architects of Air, led by designer Alan Parkinson. Their exhibitions have travelled to over 40 counties across 5 continents, reaching over 3 million people to date. 

You can find out more about Architects of Air here: www.architects-of-air.com 

You can also find a video on the Luminarium here: The National Festival of Making presents Architects of Air.

When does it take place? 

Luminarium will take place between Tuesday 26 and Saturday 30 July 2022 between the hours of 11am and 5pm. The piece uses natural light to create its daytime spectacle. 

Where is it taking place? 

Luminarium will take place in Pearson Park, Hull, HU5 2TQ, and the nearest park entrance is Beverley Road, through the historic and recently refurbished archway. You will also be able to access Luminarium through all other park entrances. It’s a large, inflatable structure and there’ll be lots of HEY! Volunteers around to help guide you! 

Do I need a ticket? 

Yes. Tickets are £3 per person (+ a booking fee when purchased in advance online) and under 5s go free. Advance tickets are now sold out but you can also pay for entry on the door at Pearson Park.

On arrival at the site, you will join one of two queues – advance ticket and on the door tickets. There’s more information about ticketing below. 

When you are admitted into the reception area you will remove your shoes and leave them in the designated area along with any large bags. 

All belongings left at the reception are done so at the owner’s own risk. You will then be admitted into the Luminarium

ADVANCE BOOKING
A limited number of pre-purchase tickets will be available online for priority admission at booked times from 11.30am to 4pm. Advance ticket holders must arrive 10 minutes before the time indicated on the ticket and will have priority access up to 30 minutes from the time indicated on the ticket. A small queue should still be expected. If advance tickets are indicated as sold out, you can still join the line onsite! Advance booking tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, so please ensure all details are correct upon purchase.

ON THE DAY TICKETS
There will be a box office at the Luminarium for entry on the day and it will be done on a first come, first served basis. Once you have bought a ticket, you will join a queue for entry as others exit the Luminarium. Please note that this queue may close early in the event of high attendance. 

Is it suitable for children and young people?
Yes! Luminarium is suitable for all ages and a great opportunity to introduce young people to cultural events. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and prams are not able to be taken into the Luminarium, but there will be space to store them at the owner’s risk. Please note this in advance of your visit. 

ACCESS 

We aim to make our events as inclusive as possible. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions around access, please email getinvolved@absolutelycultured.co.uk. 

Is the installation wheelchair accessible? 

Yes, Luminarium is suitable for wheelchairs and access points and paths throughout the park are level. You will need to cross grass to access the Luminarium. 

Is it suitable for those who are deaf or hard of hearing? 

Yes. The Luminarium is predominantly visual and can be enjoyed by those who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. There is an ambient soundscape that accompanies the installation that contains no words and is not necessary to enjoy the experience. 

Is it suitable for those with a visual impairment? 

Luminarium is a highly visual installation that uses colour and light, though those with a visual impairment are welcome to explore the installation to enjoy the atmosphere and ambient soundscape. The Luminarium is not an environment that is suitable for guide dogs, so guide dogs should remain outside with a member of our team. 

If you have a visual impairment and would like to enter Luminarium, please make yourself known to a member of staff on arrival who can provide you with some more information and guide you. 

Flashing lights, seizure warning and sensory warning 

Luminarium contains no flashing lights or artificial lighting, and the colours within are created from sunlight flooding through the material. The Luminarium may have up to 80 people at any one time, so please be mindful of this in advance of your visit. 

Is there seating inside of the Luminarium? 

No, there is no seating available within Luminarium, but visitors are welcome to sit and lie down within the structure if they wish at any time. 

Are there toilets nearby? 

Pearson Park has public toilets available for visitor use, including disabled toilets. These are open from 10am-3pm. 

Where can I park, and how can I get there? 

There is limited on-street parking available around the park, so we’d recommend using your visit as an opportunity to walk, cycle or take local buses. Regular buses are available from EYMS and Stagecoach. 

WEATHER CONDITIONS 

Will the installation be cancelled in adverse weather conditions? 

As Luminarium is an inflatable structure, the installation may be closed during high winds. Though firmly secured, safety is our number one priority, and the structure will reopen when it is safe to do so. In high temperatures, the Luminarium may temporarily close to cool down. The structure will open as soon as it’s safe. Please listen to your stewards on the day for updates. 

LOST PROPERTY AND PEOPLE 

I’ve lost something at the Luminarium. What do I do? 

If you lost something whilst you were attending Luminarium, please get in touch with us via email at info@absolutelycultured.co.uk with a description of the item. We’ll see if it was found and will let you know as soon as we can. 

What do I do if I lose someone inside the Luminarium? 

If you lose someone or need assistance, please alert a steward or a HEY! Volunteer. In the event of a lost child or vulnerable person, the stewards will implement an official lost child or vulnerable person procedure.   

OTHER 

Who are the organisers of Luminarium?
Luminarium is created and delivered by Architects of Air and brought to Hull by Absolutely Cultured. 

Where does the money come from to fund this? 

The work of Absolutely Cultured would not happen without the generous support of funding partners, particularly Arts Council England and Hull City Council. 

How can I get in touch to provide feedback or make suggestions for the future? 

Advance ticket holders will be sent a survey after the event to help us make future events better. You can also get in touch with us on social media @abscultured, or send an email to info@absolutelycultured.co.uk with your thoughts or comments.  

How do I get involved in future events like this? 

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