Biography

Luminara’s work explores human experiences that act as Disrupters to societal and cultural definitions of acceptability and reason.  Blurring the lines between the rational and the irrational to challenge and dismantle mainstream narratives. Aiming to validate the intangible and unquantifiable aspects of our human existence as a source of innate wisdom to aid healing and wellbeing.

Testing and transcending perceived boundaries of art, she often draws knowledge from non-art disciplines such as mysticism, mythology and paranormal phenomena. Working with diverse mediums and processes, Luminara embraces a playful, humorous and sometimes, subversive attitude to art-making.

Within her art practice, Luminara also consider themes of Wellbeing and Care including how artists with disabilities can sustain a thriving and exciting art practice.

Luminara’s limited edition artist book titled ‘Noble Offerings’ is part of the V&A Museum’s permanent collection of Artists Books. The British Arts Council chose ‘Home Town’ video art installation to represent British artists in Milan and her short film script ‘Penny Collectors’ was awarded a production grant by the Welsh Film Council.

In 2019, Luminara co-curated and was a contributing artist of the ACE funded ‘B-Wing’ exhibition in Shepton Mallet Prison. She continues to develop art projects and opportunities for artists within the decommissioned prison starting with the well-received, Artist Prison Residencies Programme in September 2021.

In 2020, Luminara co-founded and became Creative Director of 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.

Luminara is also a member of Social Artists Network South West and ITAC (International Teaching Artists Conference). She has been an avcote and author for the Freedom Learning/Unschooling movement and Democratic Education for over a decade.

Artist CV

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