DR SHELLEY JAMES
I am a lumenologist.
I am an international expert on light and well-being and a passionate advocate for public engagement with science. I’m the founder of Age of Light, a specialist light consultancy.
I am on a mission to transform our conversations about light and its ability to transform homes, businesses, public spaces and most importantly, people’s lives.
I’ve spent most of my career fascinated by visual perception and the way light affects us. After training in textiles I used my unique visual perspective to build a successful career in branding for global organisations including Visa International, Sony Ericsson and Cancer Research UK.
Then life threw a dark curve ball. A significant cycling accident forced me to entirely retrain my visual system. But that led me down a new path, to a deeper exploration of light for health and wellbeing.
I immersed myself in the academic world, completing an MA in Printmaking. And then a PhD from the Royal College of Art, exploring the wonder of the optical properties of glass. Commissions with the Medical Research Council Centenary, Science Gallery Dublin and a collaboration with Sir Roger Penrose and Arts Council England followed. And when I couldn’t find just the right person to bring my Saatchi Gallery exhibition to life, I even trained as an electrician.
I’m Artist in Residence at the Bristol Eye Hospital and Associate Artist at the Institute for Advanced Studies at University of London and an elected member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. I’ve spoken at the Royal Society and the BBC World Service and recently appeared on the award-winning BBC series Revolutions: ideas that Changed the World.
I build bridges between the worlds of art, technology and business to help people understand the power of light - and how to make small changes that will make the world of difference.
A selection of clients are below.
Please get in touch to speak about how I can help you.