'Window Wanderland' by Lucy Reeves Khan
Window Wanderland is a community-based illuminated arts trail where anyone can create their own window display. What they create is up to them- from funny to political, Lego scenes to hi-tech displays; each window is a personal expression. The ideas and creativity transform the ordinarily dark streets in winter into a neighbourhood event. Since its launch in Bristol four years ago, Wanderlands have popped up across the UK, from Cornwall to Edinburgh. In February 2019 the original Wanderland in Bristol will have its annual event for the 5th year running. Just a month before Brexit, some of the residents will take up the suggested theme of 'Britishness'. We can't wait to see what they will create in their imaginative and creative response.
‘It is for people of any age, class or culture, is secular and always leaves a positive mark in many directions. It celebrates local diversity, brings pride to neighbourhoods as well as individuals, allowing new voices to be heard and seen, a picture paints 1000 words. We expect high participation and hundreds of diverse unique displays’.
LUCY REEVES KHAN'S long career as designer ended abruptly after an accident left her disabled. During rehabilitative walks at night she noticed that the light from houses with curtains left open made her feel better. This led to ‘Window Wanderland’. It has grown internationally over 4 years and 47 events.