Light For Cicely : the background

The project expresses the idea of bringing light into the building as well as transmitting it outward.

In addition to light, the photograph brings something of every contributor's home into the building. The notion of ‘home’, as an antidote to 'the institution', was critical to Cicely’s concept of a suitable environment for those living with incurable, progressive disease.

Whilst each lamp represents the individuality of the sender, collectively the lamps make visible a whole behind-the-scenes network of different people connected through Dame Cicely, reflecting also the collaboration and shared inspiration she so valued.

About the artist:

Caroline McCarthy was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971. She studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, before completing an MA in Fine Art in 1998 at Goldsmith's College in London, where she is now based.