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The Lamplighter

“In its darkest hour, every man follows his star”

The Lamplighter space program questions the place of light in the natural environment.

The darkness is gradually spreading to the woods and surrounding forests. Campus MaNa is transformed into a dreamlike space. The light then becomes a guide and we discover the surroundings with a new eye, out of reality and without landmarks

How can we make our mark on a natural and delicate environment? How can we demonstrate our presence without distorting it?

After the symbolic and dreamlike study of light, and the discovery of the different surrounding and driving forces (streams, forests, plains, ponds, trails, etc.), the participants are invited to work the metal to create outdoors, by combining metal, light and nature, a luminous device, an installation on a scale 1, kneaded with poetry and wisdom.

This program takes the participants to the center of our metal workshop and its forge for an introduction to metal, forge and copperware trades, in a concrete implementation.

Program Outline


Designer tutors : Kiki Van Eijk / Joost Van Bleiswijk

Artisan: Tristan Colafrancesco

Content and forms of teaching

Ma.Na’s innovative teaching is based on the contributions of renowned designers/architects, craftsmen specialized in their discipline and speakers (theoreticians, artists, scientists…) who shed light on, and put into perspective, the creative journey of the training. This triptych, enriched with many other experiences on campus, guarantees participants a complete training combining conceptual contributions and technical learning.

  • Ma.Na's team accompanies the participants through a range of complementary activities:
  • A time of reflection and research to document the subject
  • Hours of work in the workshops as well as on the field
  • Various highlights: conferences, visits, masterclasses
  • Individual and collective scenarios
  • Individual and collective conversations and advices from tutors and speakers.

Typical day and week schedule

General learning objectives

The program is designed to support the participant on four levels : creation, technical learning, defining a professional project and collective work.

  • The mastery of knowledge and techniques related to metalwork
  • The ability to develop and present your work, your practice, your ideas.
  • The ability to research a subject.
  • The ability to work collectively.

Training tools / materials

  • Access to references, preparation documents, recommended readings, filmography, etc. before the program starts.
  • Material provided.
  • Technical learning via your own selection of hand, stationary and power tools. Includes : an introduction to the working of these tools, explanations for good maintenance and training on how to use them.
  • Set-up of your own « technical passeport » combining evaluations and upgrades of tools & assembling techniques, particularly through fundamental exercises.
  • Follow-up on your work at MaNa, daily meetings, intermediate rendering and collective presentation in the end of the training.
  • Individual meeting on your current practice, based on the portfolio, allowing to reinforce, correct or orientate different questions.
  • The work will be a collective work.

Assessment methods

Documented and well-argued final project
The acquisition of knowledge and experience during training, the progress of work and the final rendering are taken into account training validated by a MaNa certificate.

Admission criteria / prerequisites

Self-taught or graduate of the discipline - the experience is assessed during the admission process.

Step 1: Sending a CV and portfolio
Step 2: Validation of the application by the admission board, which ensures that the profile and the requirements of the training match.

Program details

Material(s): Metal
Domain: Light Design
Duration: 1 week
Language: Anglais

Price: 1900 € inc VAT

This price includes the cost of training, accommodation and full board, materials and personal protective equipment.

Dates : Upcoming Sessions
From 10/07/2023 to 14/07/2023

Typical day and week schedule​

Program Outline

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