Shetland: A Tale of Light at 60° North

Activity: Talk / Presentation / Podcast / WebinarInvited talk


Light around the world. We’ve asked 6 lighting designers who all live in different lighting conditions to share their local light with us in a short presentation.

Malcolm Innes has been working professionally with light since 1991 when he began working with Kevan Shaw Lighting Design. He also spent seven years working with Speirs and Major as associate and then associate director before setting up his own light art and lighting design practice in 2004. Malcolm now combines his love of light with a career in academia.

Having established the UK’s first design led masters in lighting design at Edinburgh Napier University, he is now based in Shetland and is Director of the Centre for Island Creativity at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Even with very varied academic responsibilities, lighting is still at the heart of what he does and light art remains a key part of Malcolm’s output, both in private practice and through university based research and public engagement projects.

Recent work includes community co-design work to transform pedestrian routes in Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site through light, projection and sculptural interventions. Malcolm also continues his research and practice in the intricacies of conservation lighting and is an invited member of the IES Museum and Gallery Lighting Committee.
Period8 Mar 2022
Event titleWIL Global Gathering 2022
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Light
  • Shetland
  • Lighting design