A SHIPPING container business will be seen in a whole new light, when they go on display at an art festival next month, as part of an installation created by students.

Parsons Containers Group – a Sedgefield headquartered business, which supplies shipping containers for sale and hire to clients across the UK – has donated nine 20ft containers to students from Durham Sixth Form Centre to feature in their installation at Lumiere 2019.

Students' bespoke adaptation of 'Are Atoms Alive?' has been developed by the sixth form in collaboration with Portuguese artists Ocubo, and Storybox from New Zealand, and was inspired by the question asked by the six-year-old son of one of the artists.

The film, which incorporates imagery of Durham city, comprises of seven screens spread across the nine containers which take visitors on a journey from the sparkling expanse of the galaxies to the depths of the cells dividing in our bodies.

Ean Parsons, Chief executive of the Parsons Containers Group, said he is delighted to support the Lumiere festival for a second time.

He said: “Lumiere is a fantastic event and is a brilliant way to showcase Durham in a different light, to both new and returning visitors. "Parsons Containers is delighted to support the event once again and we’re really looking forward to seeing the installation created by the students with Ocubo and Storybox.

"The 10th anniversary Lumiere programme promises to be the most exciting yet and as a business with roots firmly in County Durham, it’s a privilege to be associated with the festival.”

Produced by leading arts charity Artichoke, the UK's largest light festival, will see Durham City re-imagined through 37 dramatic installations, dynamic projections and reflective works, which showcase the diversity and creativity of light art, as part of this year’s festival programme,

Artichoke invited a range of community groups and individuals from across County Durham, including Durham Sixth Form Centre, to take part in the creation of artworks.

Helen Marriage, director of Artichoke said: “This amazing free event has developed its worldwide reputation only because local and regional businesses, organisations and individuals recognise its value and contribute to making it happen. The festival is made with and for its community.”

Lumiere 2019 marks 10 years since the festival’s launch and takes place at venues throughout Durham city from Thursday, November 14 to Sunday, November 17.

For further information about the Lumiere festival visit lumiere-festival.com online.