© Rosie Powell

Abigail Conway 
The Candle Project

Candles and candle light have been written into literature for hundreds of years. Theatre and live performances were first performed by candle light. We use candles to symbolise devotion or diversion, birthdays, death and decoration. Behind every candle burning there is a story; of sorrow, or sadness, sickness or of health, failure and success, faith, hope and charity.

In a fleeting world that offers little space for listening, “The Candle Project” creates a space for contemplation, connection and regeneration. The artist Abigail Conway, who was a guest at HELLERAU in 2019 with the project “Home Sweet Home”, invites the audience to work together to make beeswax candles and to make wishes for the future. On 8 July, all the candles will be lit together in a festive ceremony accompanied by choirs from Dresden. As they burn down, the embedded messages become visible again and can be shared and taken away.

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Duration: 40 min.


Abigail Conway is a visual artist and creator of live art. Abigail works with craft and performative actions to create playful site-specific installations and immersive encounters for audiences. Her work creates temporary, dynamic and socially engaged communities, often opening up a space for quiet contemplation and reflection. Blurring the worlds of theatre and visual art and disrupting the delineated roles of spectator and performer, her work crosses many disciplines, including; sound and video design, music technology, nature, architecture and performance. Abigail is a part time Senior Lecturer in Theatre at University Chichester. As an artist/ academic, Abigail’s research focuses on instruction led performance and the politics surrounding participatory arts. Her practise as an artist is centred around a methodology called, The Hobby Project.


Cast & Credits

Artist: Abigail Conway
Set Design & Build: Tin Shed Scenery
Installation Technician: Alastair Armstrong
Lighting Design  & Production Management: Martin Langthorne
Sound Design: Ross Flight
Producer: Sally Rose

Originally Commissioned by The Spire and developed with the support of the Arts Council England, The Spire and ACCA.