Ayrton continues its support of Women In Lighting
Ayrton is proud and excited to announce that it will continue to support the Women In Lighting project throughout 2022 via its exclusive WIL Entertainment Lighting Partnership. Founded in 2019 by Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton of Light Collective, and already well‐established in the field of architectural lighting, WIL exists to provide an inspirational digital platform that profiles women working in lighting and lighting design, celebrating and promoting their work and career paths. It challenges the underrepresentation of women within the industry and aims to support and encourage the next generation.
Ayrton’s primary aim is to raise awareness and broaden the reach of the WIL project to include women working in entertainment lighting – not just lighting designers, but women working in all aspects of entertainment lighting. “We are thrilled that WIL has chosen to work exclusively with Ayrton when adding the entertainment perspective and there are lots of exciting plans being made for the year ahead,” says Ayrton’s Linnea Ljungmark.
The first of these is the WIL Global Online Gathering which took place on 8th March 2022 to coincide with International Women’s Day. Co‐organised by Light Collective, Archifos and architectural lighting manufacturer, formalighting, and sponsored by Ayrton, the day is divided into three time zones, each with 4 sections: Global Light, Global Action, Global Journey and Global Work.
“This is an opportunity to listen to designers present their projects, learn more about architectural lighting and watch a project presentation from Emily Bornt, an entertainment lighting designer from the US, which Ayrton is proud to sponsor,” says Ljungmark. Emily Bornt, founder of Lighting Entertainment and Production Services, LLC, will talk about her work and experiences as part of the Global Work contribution in The Americas section.
Ayrton will also sponsor new interviews for the WIL website this spring, and bring a WIL presence to each of the major tradeshows in 2022, before hosting the first in‐person Global Gathering at the Ayrton head oﬃce in October. “WIL is about inclusivity and celebrating the work of women in the field of lighting,” says Ljungmark. “Ayrton is supporting the project because entertainment and architectural lighting are both male‐ dominated work places and we want to make sure that women feel included, seen and heard. The project has received a great response from around the world and I think we can all be very proud to be part of this.”
“We are delighted to be able to support and be a part of this wonderful initiative,” adds Ayrton CEO, Chris Ferrante. “Women In Lighting is an excellent forum and, given that Ayrton has such a talented group of women in our organisation, it is even more important for us to be part of this project. As well as the upcoming Global Gathering, I am excited that we are hosting a dedicated Women In Lighting section on our Prolight + Sound booth in Frankfurt and then, later in the year, a lighting experience here at our Paris HQ.” WIL reaches out to all women in lighting, not just designers, and we encourage you to get in touch and get involved.
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