Richard Hunt was born in 1972 in Plymouth, and grew up in Gibraltar (amongst other places). He now lives in Rose Hill in Oxford. Hunt works prolifically, and has produced around 150 new paintings and drawings over the last 3 years. In 2013 he exhibited works at the Compton Verney Gallery in Warwickshire. Hunt identifies his creativity as an extension of his Catholic faith, and sees painting as a direct expression of his belief. This devotional practice is also interleaved with his interest in popular culture, and his work often incorporates elements drawn from Egyptian murals alongside imagery form popular culture, such as Star Wars or Batman. Richard won the 2017 Shape Open prize with his painting Totempole, produced during the Creative Bridges project.
Lucy Skuce was born in 1981 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, and grew up in Worcestershire. She lives in Didcot, Oxfordshire. A filmmaker born with multiple disabilities, Skuce bought her first VHS camcorder as a young woman and started to film her life, including the objects and places she identifies as important. Since working as part of the Shadowlight group, her focus has increasingly shifted from inanimate objects to people, particularly her desire to assert the importance of her personal power and independence. This independence includes the importance to her of ownership and control of the production process; scripting, shooting and editing her films herself. Her work has been screened both within the UK and internationally, including Liberty Festival (National Film Theatre BFI Southbank), and Abilities Festival (Toronto).
Mark Hemsworth was born in 1968 in Reading and grew up in Cholsey, Oxfordshire with his family. He is a skilled draughtsman with interests in photography, film, and other recording media. In part due to his passion for walking and the landscape, Mark is also interested in work which uses the landscape and experience of the natural environment directly, such as the work of Richard Long.
Russell Highsmith was born in Oxford in 1985 and lives in Abingdon. Building on his previous writing and direction projects, Highsmith has expanded his writing from short film scripts into long-form work. He has developed a script for a play which culminated in a theatrical performance of the work The Big Shock in February 2016. The play draws on the genres of romantic comedy and drama, and at times offers an unsettling view of young relationships. Russell developed the piece in collaboration with playwright and producer Mark Ralph-Bowman.
Danny Smith has broad artistic interests and has worked in a wide range of media from painting and photography to performance animation and documentary. His work across these media shows a common theme; Danny's desire to demonstrate independence, and explore the emotions triggered by change in his own life. In 2016, working with choreographer and dramatist Emma Webb and photographer Roger Gilboy, Danny has made a film, The Light from my Crystal, exploring his dreams. Interested in the cave as a dream space and ancient cave dwellers, in his dream, Smith awakes in the Stone Age and finds a crystal that has the power to bring life to the distant past. Through the film, he has visualised this dream, performing in the Clearwell Caves with himself cast in a gothic imagining of ancestral life.
Tom Breach is 20, lives in Oxford and has Asperger’s. Having joined the Shadowlights in 2016, Tom Breach is the newest member of the group. He often works in the medium of drawing.