The Family Idea is an international family which is traveling from festival to festival. The drawings are made by children, they draw their family, which is enlarged by Ron Haselden and he is drawing these lines with light. At every festival there will be added a new local family which is traveling with the rest of the families to other festival. So every festival The international Family is growing. The first family is the local family.
Born in 1944, Ron Haselden studied at Edinburgh College of Art (1961-66) and taught sculpture in the Department of Fine Art at Reading University and at the Slade School, London. He lives and works in London and Plouër-sur-Rance, France. He was Sargant Fellow at the British School at Rome, has received numerous awards and is represented in private and public collections, including: The Arts Council of Great Britain, The Hamlyn Foundation, The Elephant Trust, The Esmée Fairburn Foundation, The London Arts Board, The Henry Moore Foundation, The British Council, The RSA Art for Architecture Award Scheme, Alliance Française, and le Fonds Régional d’Arts Contemporain de Brétagne.
Ron Haselden has produced temporary and permanently sited light works, largely in neon and LED, since 1982.
Fête (1997), a sound and light work where shifting carnival lights waltz in time to nostalgic French and Dutch melodies. Originally commissioned for ‘The Scottish Connection’ Exhibition, Feeringbury Manor, Essex it has since toured to the Serpentine Gallery and Canary Wharf in London, Salisbury Festival, the Miniories Gallery in Colchester, Plouër-sur-Rance, France, and Luzboa Bienal (2004) Lisbon, Portugal.
Echelle (2000), a neon lightwork originally commissioned for the Salisbury Festival, the work has since toured to Canterbury, Rotherhithe, and Walworth.
Blue Passage (2000), a work for 8000 blue LEDs commissioned by the British Film Institute for the new IMAX cinema, London.
1000% (2007), an architectural-scale multi-screen video projection utilising 1000 signatures of people working or visiting the marché d’Aligre, Paris. Participant’s names could be seen to slowly scroll through the windows of 100 rue de Charenton.
Animal (2008), neon works created from drawings by children, sited on buildings across Liverpool, commissioned by Liverpool Biennial (International+) and produced in collaboration with local schools and Garston Cultural Village, Metal and Rotunda College.
Day and Night, Night and Day (2009), New Street Square, London, a permanent neon light-work in the City of London (the work generates colour designs which can influenced by people working in the surrounding offices).
9 Men drawing (2010), a light work created from drawings by offenders from HM Prison Durham and also presented at Festival Arbres et Lumière, Geneva, Switzerland.
Brothers and Sisters (2011), Lumiére Festival, Durham, UK and Family Idea (2012), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where children’s drawings were used as the basis for creating illuminated artworks.