The Night Market lit up the north wall

Posted On: 4 Dec 2016

From Saturday 26 November to Sunday 4 December, The Night Market was a stunning light installation that lit up the external north wall of The Piece Hall. To celebrate its arrival there was also a free lantern making workshop and an exhibition of sculpture from Brooksbank School across the opening day.

The enchanting illumination was a tale of curious characters and a parallel universe.

As daylight fades and moonlight takes its place, the frayed fabric of the universe gives way and The Night Market comes alive. An enchanted trading place, they come to buy and they come to sell. They trade exotic spices and magical potions, charms and trinkets, rugs made of thread spun from light itself and technology yet to be imagined…

Molly Rigg, Head of Events for The Piece Hall Trust commented: “We were really keen to be involved in Halifax Christmas celebrations this year and decided that the north wall would make a perfect canvas for showcasing art. The concept for The Night Market evolved from discussions with artists Chris Mould and Matt Howarth who developed a narrative around  the Piece Hall as a site for trade and exchange, where imagined creatures and characters could come to life and animate a usually overlook space for the festive season”.

Created by acclaimed locally based artists, Illustrator Chris Mould, from Bradford and Matt Howarth, Animator & Artist in Residence at Dean Clough Galleries. The Night Market is the culmination of a project developed between the artists and The Piece Hall Trust, inspired by the fascinating 237 year history of the Grade I listed building.

Molly continues, “Working in partnership with local artists is really important to us and something we fully intend to do more of in the future when The Piece Hall opens.”

The Night Market was made possible and funded by Art Council England’s Cultural Destinations programme.

The Piece Hall Trust would like to acknowledge the contribution of the following companies: CJS Halifax, Sound and Light UK, Lumen Arts, Stohers Building Engineering Services, GRAHAM Construction and Calderdale Council 


The Night Market at The Piece Hall from The Piece Hall on Vimeo.

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The Piece Hall heritage regeneration project is also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation.
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