October 12, 2011 Anthony

Live Drawing and Creative Writing

Illustrators Simon Spilsbury, Tim Vyner and writer Lucy English, along with students will create and compose new work live before your eyes, projected onto the wall of the Pump Rooms in Stall Street. Every night will bring a slightly different experience as artists and writers interact with each other and with the audience in this fast paced, exhilarating showcase.

Wednesday 25 January:

Simon Spilsbury will illustrate poems on the theme of ‘illumination’ as they are performed live by poets from Bath Spa University.

Creative Writing students and graduates have prepared a series of new poems encompassing revelation, enlightenment, love, light and fake tan. The poems range in style; humorous, touching, deep, political and of course, illuminating. They hope to grab you by the ears and carry you on a journey through words.

The poets taking part are: Anna Freeman, Sam Drew, Jesse Perrett, Chris Kowalewsky, Eleanor Wise, Sam Taylor, Lydia Richards, Tim Goodings, Tom Sutton, Tom Rippon, Miguel Dawson-Ambiado, Greg Delve, Tom Stone and Nadia Williamson.

Thursday 26 January:

Graphic Communication students at Bath Spa University, Tess Redburn, Georgina St John, Will Harvey, John Chapman and Eliot Wyatt, will decorate the façade with detailed and interesting images. This night is also a chance to hear and and see a repeat performance of Wednesday night’s poetry.

Friday 27 January:

Illustrator Tim Vyner will be painting the wall with a careful interpretation of the theme illumination in an Olympic year.

Saturday 28 Jan:

In the Spotlight – Novelist and poet Lucy English will compose a poem live in front of audiences, as illustrator Simon Spilsbury creates his own interpretations of the text on the wall.


The live drawings will be recorded as stopframe animations by Russell Cuffe and Joe Brown.

The image shown is by Phoebe Farr, of her installation Living Lights, from Illuminate Bath 2010.


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Illuminate 2015 is organised by Bath Spa University