Bath was buzzing last night!

Thousands of people were out in Bath last night for the first night of our jubilee projections in collaboration with Enlightened Lighting, and the start of Bath International Music Festival. The projections are on all weekend until Tuesday 5 June 2012 from 10pm- Midnight so don’t worry if you missed it there’s still time to see them.

  • Friday-Sunday features an intriguing and quirky mix of work by our Creative Director, Anthony Head, based on the themes of music and the jubilee.
  • Monday & Tuesday will be showing Paul Minott’s animated homage to Great British Queens.

Here are a few photos from last night.

 

 

Illuminate Bath returns for the Jubilee weekend on 1-5 June 2012

We’re very excited to announce that we’re collaborating with Enlightened Lighting to create a series of projections on 1-5 June 2012 to celebrate the start of the Bath International Music Festival and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee .

Enlightened Lighting has been commissioned by Bath & North East Somerset Council to provide stunning lighting and visual effects on many of Bath’s key historic buildings over the long weekend.

The projections, lighting and visual effects will run for five evenings from Friday 1 to Tuesday 5 June 2012 from 10pm- Midnight and are free to attend.

The launch of the projections and illuminations coincides with “Party in the City”, a night of free music and events across Bath to mark the start of Bath International Music Festival on Friday 1 June.

See Pulteney Bridge transformed by a series of video projections.

  • Friday-Sunday features an intriguing and quirky mix of work by our Creative Director, Anthony Head, based on the themes of music and the jubilee.
  • Monday & Tuesday will be showing Paul Minott’s animated homage to Great British Queens.

Anthony Head and Graphic Designer Paul Minott are both lecturers in BA Graphic Communication at Bath Spa University.

Orange Grove, the Guild Hall and Bath Abbey Churchyard will also enjoy innovative lighting and projections as part of the celebrations.

Anthony Head, Illuminate Bath Creative Director said, “ We’re trying to do something a bit different, something you wouldn’t expect for Bath. I hope people will enjoy being surprised by the work as they walk around the city”.


Olympic inspired films made by school children

Petra Freeman and Tim Rolt collaborated with children from St. Saviours Junior School to make three short films inspired by the Olympic Games for Illuminate Bath 2012.  The fims were projected onto a large building in Bath during the festival and thousands of people enjoyed them.

The films will also be screeened at Larkhall Festival on 4 – 7 May 2012.

Let the Games Commence explores some unusual and imaginative new games.

 

 

The Important Message part 1 and part 2 is a lively take on presenting words.

 

Reflecting on Illuminate Bath 2012 and looking forward

Since Illuminate Bath took place in January 2012 we’ve been busy evaluating the festival, collecting feedback and collating all the fantastic media coverage, images and film.

Here are some of the key numbers:

  • 9 artworks shown over 4 evenings
  • 8,750 attendees on average per day
  • 35,000 attendees in total
  • 200 people involved in delivering the festival
  • 60 student and graduate artists/ performers
  • 50 volunteers
  • 50 school children
  • 12 established artists

Images of Illuminate Bath were picked up by news sites around the world including the USA, Spain, Canada and the Philippines.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the festival. Looking forward our goal is to make Illuminate Bath a regular festival in Bath’s cultural calendar. We have lots of exciting ideas for future  events.  Over the coming months we’ll be making links, developing partnerships and exploring funding opportunities in order to make them happen.  Please keep in touch with us via social media and be the first to know about our future plans.

Short film about Heads, Bodies, Legs project with St Saviours Junior School

Bath based animator Petra Freeman and filmmaker Tim Rolt collaborated with 50 children and staff from St. Saviours Junior School in Bath to make an interactive animated version of this traditional pencil and paper game for Illuminate Bath 2012. They also created two short films inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The important message is a lively take on presenting words. Let the Games commence explores some unusual and imaginative new games.

Thank you to everyone at St Saviours who took part and also to Artswork Media for making this great film.

 

Frequency film by Raspberry & Jam

Raspberry & Jam have made this fantastic film of Frequency by Alex Cotterell, Will Kendrick, Tom Newell (Lumen) & Ollie Davies (OCD). Frequency transformed the Roman Baths into a colour-filled oasis during Illuminate Bath 2012. Over 3,000 people viewed the piece over 2 nights and images have been shared and enjoyed all around the world.

 

Attracted to Light film

Attracted to Light is a projection created by Robert Fearns, Anthony Head and Bath Spa University students Abigail Winter, Kirstie Green and Elizabeth Hawthorn for Illuminate Bath 2012. Thank you to Artswork Media for making this film.

Clockwork City film

A film about Clockwork City created by greyworld in collaboration with Bath Spa University students for Illuminate Bath 2012.  Big thank you to Artswork Media for making this film.

Frequency at the Roman Baths film

Frequency created by Alex Cotterell, Will Kendrick, Lumen and OCD, transformed the Roman Baths during Illuminate Bath 2012.  Thanks to Artswork Media for making this film so that many more people can enjoy it.

Live Drawing and Creative Writing projection test

Last night we conducted a successful test for our Live drawing and creative writing projection that will take place outside the Roman Baths on Stall Street. Illustrators Tim Vyner and Simon Spilsbury met up with novelist and poet Lucy English and Bath Spa University students, to plan a mix of live illustration and poetry.

Every night will be different and full of surprises as artists and writers interact with each other to create and compose new work live before your eyes. On Wednesday 25 Jan Simon Spilsbury will illustrate poems to the theme of Illumination as they are performed. Thursday 26 Jan will see students decorating the façade with detailed and interesting images. On Friday 27 Jan Tim Vyner will be painting the wall with a careful interpretation of a poem. ‘In the Spotlight’ on Saturday 28 Jan will feature Lucy English engaging audiences in a live composition of a poem, as Simon Spilsbury creates his own interpretations of the text on the wall.  Here are a couple of photos from last night’s test to give you a little taster.

 

Bath Christmas Lights switch on

A group of us got together at the Bath Christmas Lights switch on in Milsom Street on 17 November to hand out Illuminate Bath postcards. We had a great evening promoting the festival, lots of people seemed really interested and keen to see the artworks in January.

Thank you to our new volunteers, it was lovely to meet you and enjoy a drink together in the pub afterwards. We’re always on the look out for new volunteers so please contact us if you’d like to get involved.

 

 

 

Pulse, Rolf Pilarsky

Pulse Image by Harriet Leith

Pulse is a compilation of projected short animations inspired by Bath’s Georgian architecture. Rolf Pilarsky and Graphic Communication students at Bath Spa University have explored ideas around data and architecture and rhythm, to create new images that transform the façade of the building.

Rolf Pilarsky has worked as a Visual Effects and Motion Graphics artist for TV and film in New York, Frankfurt and Berlin. The students involved in creating this artwork are: Harriet Leith, Andrew Ashwin, Hayley Kyte, Anne Cunniffe, Scott Parkin, Jonathan Esgate, Rupert Dunk, Pinn Bunyapana, Tom Shuttleworth and Paul James.

Image: Harriet Leith

Greyworld lead a masterclass with students

Andrew Shoben from Greyworld visited Bath School of Art and Design in early October to launch Clockwork City, their exiting new interactive artwork for Illuminate Bath. Greyworld are well known for creating mesmerising public art.

Andrew led a masterclass with BA Graphic Communication and BA Fine Art students in order to brainstorm and develop ideas that will form part of Clockwork City.  He also gave an entertaining lecture about his work and experience, providing valuable lessons to students.

During Illuminate Bath giant clockwork keys will mysteriously appear around Bath city centre, attached to ordinary objects found in the street. When turned, the keys trigger magical lights, projected images and sounds, transforming the way you see the street and drawing your attention to elements you may not previously have noticed.

 

 

Heads, Bodies, Legs production underway

Bath Based animator Petra Freeman and filmmaker Tim Rolt began working with 50 children at St. Saviours Junior School in Bath in early September 2011. Together they are creating two short films and an interactive animated version of the traditional game, Heads, bodies, legs that audiences will be able to play outdoors in the street during the festival.

Pupils at St Saviours Junior school working on an animationA pupil at St Saviours Junior school drawing

Illuminate 2015 is organised by Bath Spa University