Luminara is a mother, social practice artist, and wellbeing practitioner. She creates public and participatory experiences as a from of Sacred Activism, re-imagining ancient rituals, and ceremonial practices to create a form of immersive Mystical Theatre. Working in collaboration with members of the public to create new rites and sacred practices for our times. Often drawing on the mythology of her Romanian heritage, process-originated psychology, and mindfulness practices, Luminara’s work gives voice to streams of consciousness that are mostly marginalised and dismissed in the everyday world.
In 2020, Luminara co-founded HEARTHSTONE Ways CIC an artist-led organisation whose purpose is to bring Contemporary Art as a form of Wellbeing to communities in the South West through socially-engaged and collaborative art projects. Working with local and national professional artists, HEARTHSTONE Ways’ aim is to demystify contemporary art by creating immersive art experiences in which the public are invited to engage with the artwork in a collaborative process with artists, therefore nurturing a sense of ownership. HEARTHSTONE Ways is committed to an inclusive artistic process for all, through its projects and workshops.
Born London 1972
BA (Hons) in Fine Art Kingston University
Arts Award Advisor, Trinity College London
Co-Founder & Creative Director of HEARTHSTONE Ways CIC
2020 – ‘Freedom Learning Project’ – Project originator and creator of family wellbeing through nature, and plant medicine online booklet. Part of Somerset Art Works Artist Development Programme https://somersetartworks.org.uk/somersetreacquainted/luminara-star-florescu/
2020 – Virtual ‘Happenings’ – Curator and contributing artist of group exhibition for Virtual Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2020 https://www.fringeartsbath.co.uk/happenings
2019 – ‘B-Wing‘ – Co-curator/project manager/public engagement leader & contributing artist of group exhibition/event at Shepton Mallet Prison. Supported by ‘Lottery Funding from Arts Council England’. https://b-wing.weebly.com
2019 – Awardee of The Ganes Trust grant for artists.
2019 – ‘Mothership’ Artist Residency, Dorest.
2019 – ‘Love is Blind’ – City of Secrets exhibition, Liberty House, Bristol
2018 – ‘Hare Woman (Julian Cox)’ – Made In Bruton/Ape and Eden Art and Book Launch in collaboration with author and historian Andrew Pickering.
2018 – ‘Fetus Totem (Green)‘ – Bruton Art Society Exhibition 65th Annual show Bruton, Somerset.
2018 – ‘Fetus Totem’ – Arts Open Exhibition, Town Hall Arts Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
2018 – ‘Creative Pathways Bursary‘ – SAW (Somerset Art Works)
2018 – ‘Domestic Bliss’ – HONESTY SHOP part of the ‘The Land We Live – The Land We Left Behind’ Exhibition – Hauser and Wirth Gallery, Somerset.
2017 – ‘Connection‘ – The Brooklyn Art Library’s SKETCH BOOK 2018 project.
2017 – ‘The Digital Flower Garden‘ – Bath 2017 Digital Art Festival.
2017 – ‘The Finality Of Your Decision’ – Summer Exhibition, Bruton Art Factory, Somerset.
CAREER BREAK TO RAISE FAMILY
2007 – One Year Artist residency – Those People Productions, Cardiff, South Wales.
2005 – ‘Penny Collectors‘ short film script award production grant by Welsh Film Council.
2004 – Work featured in AN Magazine
2003 – ‘Mother‘ – Chapter Gallery, ‘Experimentica’ exhibition, Cardiff, South Wales.
2002 – ‘Home Town‘ – chosen by the British Arts Council to represents emerging British Artist in Milan, Italy.
2002 – ‘Home Town‘ – Gallery 39, Cardiff, South Wales.
2001 – ‘Noble Offerings‘ Book Art piece became part of the permanent collection at Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
2000 – Curator and exhibiting artist – Domestic Gallery “Here & There” exhibition, London.
2000 – Three months residency at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Italy