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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.

Pulse explained!

Pulse has been lighting up the corner of Bath street and Stall Street for the last two nights and will do so until Saturday 28th.

A series of graphics animation and films, Pulse ignites the wall with impact and colour, created by staff and students of Graphic Communication at Bath Spa University.

So what are the sequences? Below are some brief descriptions and screen shots of these computer animated or edited pieces. When played on the wall, they merge into the building.

All images captured by Pulse organiser and contributor Rolf Pilarksy.

Derivative Sample IV by Andy Ashwin

A series of currency symbols fly out like snow. We’ll let you decide what it means.

Eyes, by Pinn Bunyapana

An observation of how people react to viewing different pictures and reacting to different tasks. Where do you look when you’re thinking? When projected onto a 50 foot wall, this is quite an unnerving sight!

Growing, by Anne Cunniffe and Hayley Kyte

This animation explores henna tattoo like designs. The sequence grows ornate and brightly coloured patterns that engulf the building facade.

Methane, by Harriet Leith

This animation is based upon building people’s awareness to a gas far more harmful than CO2 that is building in our atmosphere. These methane symbols may float peacefully across the projection, but they are harmful to our world. By 2030, Agriculture is predicted to be responsible for up to 60% of the methane released into our precious atmosphere. This animation is intended to help people realise this and to consider what else they are filling our world with, as well as their carbon footprint.

Back to Nature, by Tom Shuttleworth and Paul James

Plays with the scale of the building and urban decay. By using analogue techniques and stop-frame animation they’ve explored what happens to buildings that are forgotten.

Lumiere Leak by Rolf Pilarsky

This clip encodes mobility patterns in Bath. The rhythm of a departing high speed train is sampled and visualised as a data stream.


Building Blocks, by Anthony Head

Using films taken in Bath, the projection wall is chopped up into its component parts. As the film clips blur and sharpen, a simple rhythm builds up a more compex picture.

City Samples, by Scott Parking, Rupert Dunk and Jonny Esgate

Set to the sounds recorded in the streets of Bath and composed into a rhythmic sequence, the windows of the building are lit up with bold colours, forming binary like patterns with increasing frantic behaviour.


Day two of Illuminate Bath, roll on day three.

Anthony Head, Creative Director of Illuminate Bath, writes his not quite unbiased roundup of last nights events.

The second evening of the festival is over and the illuminations are all tidied away for the night. It was cold and damp but beautiful and exciting for the thousands of people who didn’t let the rain stop their enjoyment in the first hour. Well actually I think many people waited for it to stop. Clever thinking, people of and visitors to Bath. Give yourselves a pat on the back. Anyway, it looks as though the weather will stay just about dry for the final two days, so don’t miss out. See us from 5-8pm, Friday and Saturday.

A few highlights of what went on. In the shimmering light that reflected on the wet paving stones, students Will Harvey, Tess Redburn, Eliot Wyatt and John Chapman illustrated the Stall street wall of the Roman Baths with unique and individual ideas. For Friday it’s Tim Vyner’s turn to illustrate the wall, with his glorious Olympic themed observations.

Tess Redburn’s stenciled design. Photo by Anthony Head

The Pulse wall included time lapse photography by Joe Brown and Russell Cuffe of the previous night, including Simon Spilsbury’s illustrations. I’ll get a link put here as soon as they’re online. There was also a new film added to the Pulse list – Building Blocks, that took elements of Bath’s architecture and the River Avon, chopped up and reassembled.

Building blocks. OK then, it’s one of mine. And the photos too.

Catch Me Now, by Tine Bech is really shining and enticing people to play on the corner of Bath Abbey. Children have been jumping on the spotlight and so have the adults. Go on, you know you want to!

Photos of Catch Me Now by Tine Bech. You can see more her website.

Frequency was shown tonight, by Will Kendrick, Lumen, OCD and Alex Cotterell. A large queue of people gathered, eagerly awaiting the visual and audio feast of mood and light that fills up the Great Bath in the Roman Baths complex. And they got it. Steam rising and glowing under the projected light, colour and imagery by the artists. Well over a thousand people saw this work. Your last chance to see it is tonight, Friday, so don’t miss it. Free entry to the balcony area of the Roman Baths from the rear entrance in Kingston parade.

Photos of Frequency by Joe Brown.

So that’s just some of the events going on at Illuminate Bath. There are more, of course, and photographs will no doubt be appearing all over social media sights. So if you can’t get here, do take a look. If you can get here, between 5-8pm until Saturday, then you can take your own pictures.


Interview with the team bringing Frequency to the Roman Baths tonight

Photo credit Andy Welsher


Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January see the continuation of the Illuminate Bath festival, with something extra! As well as the rolling programme of artists and performers on Stall Street, and installations from Bath Spa university students, Tine Bech, and the Greyworld collaborative, the Roman Baths themselves will be open to the public, and there will be a brand new artwork: Frequency.

Sam Drew spoke to the four artists responsible—Alex Cotterell, Will Kendrick, Tom Newell and Ollie Davies—to get an idea of what Frequency will bring to the historic Roman Baths.




How do you all feel about bringing your artwork into the Roman Baths, combining a world heritage site with current projection and animation technology?




Incredibly lucky! The setting itself is so visually impressive already, it’s an honour really. The warm spa and the cold winter air creates a really eeiry mist which has made it completely different to anything any of us has done before. The natural element is completely unpredictable so we never feel completely in control, which makes it completely individual to the space and the time it’s viewed. We have also been keen not to detract from the awe of the place itself and so have tried to make Frequency ‘play in’ to the Roman Baths.




What kind of response do you expect from the audience?




We’re hoping that the combination of the venue itself, its natural mist and the audio/ visual performance it will be quite an immersive spectable, transforming the space into something unique.




How did your collaboration come about?




Through one of the festival organizers, Anthony Head. We were involved individually last year and he thought, knowing our works, that we might collaborate well. It’s been really interesting as we all have completely different individual practices and backgrounds, but quickly found enough in common to see how we could work together support each others’ inputs.




How did you create the artwork?




A mixture of brainstorming, viewing each others’ work, experimentation both on the Roman Baths and mock-ups in a wheel barrow, and many e-mail conversations. Alex and Will provided direction of form and colour, Tom and Ollie provided the technical implementation, using a combination of 2D & 3D animation and video & audio editing software. We tested numerous ideas and based on what worked we’ve created a rolling audio/visual animation.

Interview with Greyworld founder Andrew Shoben

Andrew Shoben is the founder of artists’ collaborative Greyworld. In this interview, volunteer co-ordinator Sam Drew speaks to Andrew about the mysterious clockwork keys appearing in Bath city centre.




The clockwork keys appearing in Bath over the four nights of the Illuminate Bath festival originally appeared in a Greyworld installation called ‘Clockwork Forest’, in Grizedale. When turned, the keys play a twinkly music suggestive of old music-boxes and fairy tales. For the Illuminate Bath festival, the keys trigger a variety of installations created by students from Bath Spa university. How did you feel about working collaboratively with the students?




It was unusual and interesting for us to work with students to create the second element of the work. Whilst that would usually be something we wouldn’t contemplate, it seemed like an excellent way to go in Bath.. The work is about inclusion, allowing the widest possible interaction in parts of the city that usually don’t offer it. So why not the work itself!




What’s wonderful about Greyworld artworks is their ability to spark the imagination and encourage new exploration of familiar spaces. Do you feel that audiences will be as suggestible to narratives and play in the urban setting?




I think they are as suggestible in an urban setting as a rural one. In fact, I think more so! To be honest, I am a child of the city. The countryside is a strange greenish place, with few power sockets and not much coffee. It is the city, and urban movement, that inspires us.





How did you get started? The first Greyworld public installation, Railings—a section of street furniture tuned to play ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ when you run a stick along it—was often installed without permission. Is this a viable way for new artists to exhibit their work, to get it into the public domain?




It can be, if you’re not making hateful, or destructive work. Getting commissioned to make art is very hard. Sometimes you have to commission yourself. It’s all about how much freedom you have to make what you want. We just launched Trafalgar Sun, a huge 2.5 tonne sun in Trafalgar Square. It was paid for by Tropicana. They allowed us to make what we wanted, and didn’t try to slap a logo on it. So we are happy.



Greyworld are an artists’ collaborative who specialise in public art. Their work has appeared all over the world. Their latest commision Trafalgar Sun was launched on 23rd January.

Andrew Shoben is a regular contributor to television, radio and print, and lectures extensively around the world. After lecturing at the Royal College of Art for four years, he became Professor of Public Art at Goldsmiths University.


Various artworks inspired by and utilising Greyworld’s clockwork keys can be seen during the Illuminate Bath festival. Come down to Bath city centre between 5 and 8 pm each evening between today and the 28th January to see them, as well as a rolling programme of live, free, and interactive artworks.




Illuminate Bath 2012 First Night.

Anthony Head, Creative Director responds to the opening night of Illuminate Bath.

After a year of planning and preparation, with the involvement of over 200 people, we finally launched the Illumiante Bath 2012, on Wednesday. Already, thousands of people have seen the installations and projections.

Photo by Andy Welsher, illustration by Simon Spilsbury.

Whole families joining in the atmosphere created by poets led by Anna Freeman with Simon Spilsbury illustrating their poems on Illumination live on the Pump Rooms wall. An amazing sight and experience. Every night on this wall promises to be different.

Photo by Anthony Head, performing poets with illustration by Simon Spilsbury.

The night featured three films by Petra Freeman and Tim Rolt, with children from St Saviours Junior School in Bath, shown on the building on the corner of Stall Street and Bath Street.

Picture by Andy Welsher of a part of Let the Games Commence by Petra Freeman and Tim Rolt.

Clockwork City launched too, Greyworld’s project featuring five keys for the audience to find out the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. Three of the keys operate Bath Spa University student projects. Light Grills is surprising the audience with smoke and light.

Picture by Andy Welsher of Light Grills by Frances Jones, Joanne Wheeler and Enlightened Lighting and a Clockwork City key by Greyworld.

Catch Me Now, by Tine Bech with Tarim, was enthralling passers by of the Abbey. The spotlight dancing around and making everyone play with it. It’s going to be on 24 hours a day!

Picture by Andy Welsher of Catch Me Now.

And the mesmerising Phonebox by Pinn Bunyapana and Tom Wells, lit up by the turning of another Greyworld, Clockwork City key.

Photo by Andy Welsher of Phonebox

Thursday will see Frequency by Lumen, OCD, Alex Cotterell and Will Kendrick, in the Roman Baths, with free entry to the balcony area from the rear entrance to the complex in Kingston Parade.

Photo by Anthony Head of Frequency

So put your coats on and come along and see the festival over the next three nights. With the last night on Saturday, make sure you don’t miss it! Starts at 5pm, finishes at 8pm.


More artworks tested for Illuminate Bath.

Anthony Head reports on the latest preparations for Illuminate Bath.

The Christmas lights are coming down in Bath, to be replaced by the Illuminate Bath festival. For four nights this week, from Wednesday to Saturday 5 til 8pm, there’ll be an extravagant mix of projections and light installations. The weather is looking fair, but wrap up warm and bring the family.

If you were out in Bath on Monday night then you will have seen more more testing of artworks for Illuminate Bath.

The Live Drawing wall on the Stall Street side of the Pump Room, part of the Roman Baths complex, will be coloured and illustrated on by professional Illustrators Simon Spilsbury and Tim Vyner as well as student illustrators over the four nights. This event is a collaboration with Poets Anna Freeman and Lucy English and Creative Writing students, who will be performing poetry live whilst their words are illustrated on Wednesday and Saturday. Check the Live Drawing page for more details of this event.

Photo by Tom Wells (the Christmas Lights came down after this photo was taken!).

Another installation is Phone Box, by BA Graphic Communication students Pinn Bunyapana and Tom Wells. This is one of the projects inspired by Greyworld’s Clockwork City, a bubbling, gurgling colourful creation that stands in strong contrast to it’s surrounding. Check it out right by the Roman Baths, its no ordinary phone box, and it certainly isn’t a TARDIS, or is it?!

I’d like to thank the technical crew for a sterling job tonight, and also to students Tom Wells, Russell Cuffe and Joe Brown, for volunteering to stay on late and help out.

Phone Box, photo by Tom Wells.




Interview with Lucy English

Photo Credit: Dory English


From 25th to 28th January, Stall Street is going to be overrun with writers and artists reimagining the space with a massive collaborative artwork. Bringing a head to the rolling programme of guest writers and illustrators are Lucy English and Simon Spilsbury on Saturday 28th January. Over the course of the evening they will be developing an improvised poem with accompanying illustration, based on audience input and the theme of ‘spotlight’.

Volunteer Co-ordinator Sam Drew spoke to Lucy English about poetry, technology, and the challenge of creating a three hour improvised poem.



As well as a professional performance poet, you are the lecturer in performance poetry at Bath Spa university, and many of your students will be performing their own work on the Wednesday and Thursday nights of the festival. How do you feel about bringing poetry from the university into the city?


I hope that those who see it will realise the wealth of talent their city has and that it shows that what happens in the universities is definitely a part of Bath City life. Poetry isn’t just written by dead people. Poetry has a fusty reputation in this country which is a shame; it is a live and relevant art form and it’s good that the next generation are finding their way into it. Their interpretation might not be what some consider to be ‘poetry’, but that’s a good thing. Younger people are finding their poetic voice in a way that suits them.



And how do you feel about your own performance on Saturday night? A three hour long improvised poem on the theme of ‘Spotlight’ sounds like a tall order. Can you give us any insight into how you’re going to approach the evening?




It’s quite a challenge to produce something of quality instantly! I like doing things that stretch me and this will certainly stretch my capabilities. In 2008 I did a project with the general public called ‘Why I’m Here’, a collaboration with a photographer, and we went up to people in places in somerset and asked them why they were there, photographed them and I wrote a sequence of poems based on their responses. For ‘Spotlight’ I will be using similar methods but it will be sped up, and the result is going to be a sort of cross between speed dating and poetry! Gulp!




In Illuminate Bath 2010, you performed with other spoken-word artists in an Arts Council funded show called Flash!, which utilised video and music. Now you’re working with live illustrators using modern graphic tablets and digital projectors. Do you think that the link between technology and creativity—particularly in literature—will begin to inform one another more and more, or is this kind of project more of a gimmick?




I do not think it is a gimmick. Technology is here to stay whether we like it or not and I am delighted that the digital world is being explored by artists rather than geeks. I also like it that geeks and poets can now sit down and say, “hey, what can we do here?” In July I am organising a conference at Corsham Court on the theme of digital writing and its future. It’s an exciting time for those who are willing to experiment and even more exciting in that we don’t know how the future of writing will evolve.



Lucy English is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She is also a performance poet and has toured extensively in the UK and abroad. Her most recent show ‘Flash’ was supported by the Arts Council.




Clockwork City, Curtain of Rain, Light Grills and a Phone Box.

Following on from Monday 23rd’s Trafalgar Sun installation in London, Greyworld’s Clockwork City is coming to Bath on Wednesday 25th, commissioned for Illuminate Bath 2012 festival. There will be six keys, some musical and some launching installations created by Bath Spa University students.

They key looks innocent enough in itself, crafted in metal but when positioned on street furniture it creates an unusual juxtaposition. You are encouraged to turn the key to see the result. Your mission, if you accept it, is to find them all!

If you were around in Bath Street last Friday, you might have seen some strange things happening. Directly inspired by Andrew Shoben of Greyworld, students of Bath School of Art and Design (Bath Spa University) have been creating some projects which are launched by the clockwork key turn.

Light Grills

The project featured in these images is Light Grills, devised by student Joanne Wheeler and Frances Jones, with the help and expertise of Dave Thorpe from Enlightened Lighting. The Clockwork City key turning will launch a light show under the ground, that will fill the air as well. Even with this knowledge, if you go down in Bath Street next week, you’ll be in for a big surprise!

Curtain of Rain

Ethereal, dramatic, colourful and immersive describe Curtain of Rain, created by students Hayley Kyte, Camille Douch, Vicky Clare, Hollie Roberts and Anne Cunniffe. One turn of the key and you will light up the installation of hanging fabrics blowing in the wind, with images and sounds of water. Projecting onto the layers of material the image is distorted and three dimensional. You will be able to view it up close as you walk through.

Phone Box

What? A phone box, by the Roman Baths? You’re havin’ a larf? Well stranger things have happened. Or have they? A phone box will mysteriously appear each night for the festival, and be illuminated by the liquid ink films of students Pinn Bunyapana and Tom Wells. You just need to find the key. Oh, and by the way, I made no reference to Doctor Who, at all. None whatsoever. Apart from then. But its not really a reference, it’s more an anti-reference to Doctor Who. Oh, there I go again. Doh! No, really, it’s nothing to do with Doctor Who. Just you wait and see.


Interview with performance poet Anna Freeman

From Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th January, Bath’s Stall Street is going to be taken over by writers and illustrators creating live and improvised collaborative artworks. Volunteer Co-ordinator Sam Drew spoke to performance poet and international poetry slam champion Anna Freeman (above) about public art, poetry, and her expectations of the collaborative project. Anna and students from Bath Spa university will be performing their poetry on Stall Street on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th January, from 5pm to 8pm.



For two evenings in January, you’re going to be performing poetry live in the street, with illustrators creating improvised artwork on a massive wall behind you. How do you feel about bringing art into a public space?



I think it’s something we should do more of! Art should be accessible and visible and our public spaces should be something more than bill-boarded and commercialised. We are humanising the city, bringing something soft and thoughtful out into the concrete. It’s part of deciding what kind of society we want to live in. It’s also just some people doing poetry on the street – it all depends on how you look at it.




In the first Illuminate Bath festival in 2010, you performed with other spoken-word artists in a show called Flash!, which utilised video and music. This time you’re working with illustrators using graphics tablets and projection technology. Is there something strange about the combination of poetry—a medium we might consider traditional, even outdated—and these modern technologies?



I think poetry is only considered outmoded or outdated by people who haven’t noticed how prevalent it is in pop culture. Try changing the name – call it ‘spoken word’ – and suddenly it doesn’t sound outmoded at all. It’s always funny to me when I work in schools how many of the kids think they don’t like poetry, but will listen to hip-hop. It’s all completely valid as poetry, in my opinion at least.

I think poetry-to-illustration will work brilliantly – We are always telling the students that with performance poetry you have to weave strong, immediate images with words. On the page a reader can mull your lines over and take their time to fathom layers of meaning, but stage poetry has to be much more solid and readily grasped. Now the images will actually be there, projected behind them onto the side of a building. It can’t help but be powerful.



As part of the Live Creative Writing/ Live Drawing wall, you’re working with students from Bath Spa university to bring new poets’ work into the city. What do you think of the interest young people are showing in poetry? Will there be significant new talents on display?



We should have a good turnout of students and young people, yes. Some of the work coming out of Bath Spa is really very good. There are a few names to watch, I think. I’m excited to be part of it.

I think poetry is having a renaissance, actually. Performance events are staring to draw big crowds, and most of them young. Lots of people who have been on the poetry ‘scene’ for years have been remarking on it – I personally think that it’s at least partly caused by the economic downturn. In hard times we do come together artistically. We want to know that we aren’t alone, we suddenly feel have something to say and we are hungry to listen to each other saying it. A gap has appeared; in our bank accounts, our prospects, our hope for the immediate future. Poetry, music, creativity – these are the things the human race turns to for outlet and solace. We probably should have been focussed on them all along, but somehow it doesn’t tend to work that way.


Testing artworks last Monday.

If you were walking near Bath Abbey last Monday evening, you might have noticed a bit of testing going on. On the cold evening air we set up two of the projects, Attracted to Light above the Tourist Information Office and Frequency in the Roman Baths. Have a look at the sneakily taken preview shots below.

Frequency takes advantage of the mist rising from Great Bath, which is filled with warm water from the natural thermal springs that are synonymous with the city. The artists, Lumen, OCD, Will Kendrick and Alex Cotterell have been devising a visual experience that plays with the dimensionality of the Baths. Exploring projection and light volumetrically as well as in two dimensions, they will be showing a time based piece exploring the abstraction of water and mist, enhanced by panoramic sound.

Frequency will be viewable on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th, with free entry to the balcony area of the Baths, from the Kingston Parade door. 5-8pm.

Attracted to Light is a silent projection. A multitude of moths will fly around the building, searching, being drawn to the figures that silhouette against the lit up windows. When the lights turn off, the moths disperse, seeking other lights that they are attracted to. This is not a film, as such, but an active experience that never repeats as the moths move in natural and unpredictable ways.

Attracted to Light is viewable on all four nights of the festival, 5-8pm.


Locations for Illuminate Bath 2012.

Illuminate Bath is happening in a close radius around the Roman Baths. These pictures show some of the locations that will be affected and transformed by installations and projections.

Stall Street, on the Pump Rooms wall, is where the live drawing and poetry performance will occur. In Kingston Parade above the Tourist Information office, Attracted to Light will cover the windows and wall. In Bath Street, you just might find a Clockwork City installation or two.

Volunteer get-together

Is it a choir? Is it the Great Britain lacrosse team? Is it a random collection of miscreants we’ve pulled in off the street? No, what you see in this picture is a selection of the hard working volunteers who are going to make Illuminate Bath 2012 a massive success. We all met in the function room of the Assembly Inn to discuss the festival and get to know one another a little better. They’re a lively bunch, and I’m sure they’re going to do a fantastic job as the public face of the festival.

The volunteers will be acting as stewards to guide the public around the festival, and to explain the artworks and the Cultural Olympiad project. They will also be carrying out audience research to find out what people like about the festival. It’s a challenging and very necessary job; without the help of volunteers, the festival couldn’t happen. In return for all their hard work they’ll have the opportunity to be involved with a major arts festival, they’ll be gaining experience in arts management, and they’ll get to meet the artists. They also get cool t-shirts. What a handsome, upstanding bunch of people.

Festival Creative Director interview on BBC Radio Bristol

Illuminate Bath Creative Director Anthony Head gave a rather croaky and jolly early morning interview on the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Bristol, with Steve Le Fevre at 7.20am on Friday. Speaking with a bright and enthusiastic Councillor Cherry Beath he described some of the events on at the festival, after clearing up that he wasn’t Anthony Head, the actor of Buffy and Merlin fame.

Councillor Beath, Bath and North East Somerset council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, spoke keenly about how glad they were to be working with Illuminate Bath and Bath Spa University.

Anthony thanked the particular help offered by the Roman Baths, which is central to the festival. He also emphasised the Illuminate Bath’s family friendly nature and free cost to the public

You can hear the radio interview 50 minutes in to this link for a limited time:

See the festival from 5-8pm from Wednesday 25-28th January, around the Roman Baths, in Bath!

Tine Bech lecture at Bath School of Art & Design.

Tine Bech delivered a lecture about her sculptural work tonight at Bath Spa University in the School of Art and Design. Her fascinating talk detailed how her work explores simplicity, interactivity and intuitiveness, using colour in a bold and striking way. Tine engages with technology when she needs to, as opposed to because she has to. Tine’s artworks bring pleasure and delight to the audience as they experience them, touching, moving and playing.

Tine was delighted to see her talk announced by posters made up by BA Graphic Communication students Sebastian Ingham and Will Harvey. In homage to the work that Tine has done, Sebastian made a series of printed balloons showing the date of the lecture and Will made a lit up poster, drilling in plywood.

Catch Me Now by Tine Bech will be showing at Illuminate Bath 2012, by Bath Abbey. For this installation, previously shown at the Science museum and never before shown outdoors, she worked with Tarim, a technologist, programmer and juggler based in the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. A coloured spotlight will react to the audience as they chase it, growing and shrinking. This simple moving shape takes on a life of its own as the audience applies their own meaning to what it is doing.

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.




Clockwork City, Greyworld

Internationally renowned artists, Greyworld, have created an exciting new interactive artwork called Clockwork City for Bath. During the festival giant clockwork keys will mysteriously appear around the city centre, attached to ordinary objects found in the street such as benches and phone boxes.

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.

Greyworld create mesmerising public art, usually in urban spaces. Their work is about play and allowing creative expression in parts of the city that usually exclude it. Andrew Shoben, Greyworld’s founder, is a regular contributor to television, radio and print, and lectures extensively around the world. Clockwork City is created by Greyworl. They have inspired students from Bath Spa University to create three installations that are triggered by the keys.

Clockwork City sees six keys placed around the city centre, these large wind-up keys invite the public to turn them, revealing an enchanting sound or triggering an installation.

The keys are somewhere to be found around the festival zone. You must seek them and turn them. Three of the keys are musical, positioned on street furniture and they make an unusual site. The other three keys trigger installations created by Bath Spa University students inspired by Greyworld’s work, after taking part in a workshop with the founder Andrew Shoben.

Curtain of Rain, by students Anne Cunniffe, Hayley Kyte, Hollie Roberts, Vicky Clare and Camille Douch, explores different forms of water projected on to strips of fabric that flow in the wind. This installation is visual and immersive and you can walk through it.

Light Grills, by students Frances Jones and Joanne Wheeler with Dave Thorpe from Enlightened Lighting. The key makes the ground glow out of the grills that hint at the underground corridors as smoke billows out.

Phone Box, by students Pinn Bunyapana and Thomas Wells. Mysteriously, a phone box has appeared in the street, the key launches a liquid ink film transforming this everyday object into a colourful delight.

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

Frequency, Alex Cotterell, Will Kendrick, Lumen and OCD

Alex Cotterell, Will Kendrick, Lumen and OCD have created a new light installation that will transform Bath’s most famous landmark, the Roman Baths, for two nights into a colour-filled oasis. As the steam rises from the Great Bath into the cold January air, this promises to be a truly enchanting spectacle. The balcony area of the baths will open for audiences to view the projected experience for free on Thurs 26 and Fri 27 January 2012.

Born out of a mutual love of colour and light, the project builds on Light/Space Collaborative by Alex Cotterell and Will Kendrick, which was exhibited during Illuminate Bath 2010 and previous work by Tom Newell (Lumen), a DJ/Audio-visual performer and collaborator Ollie Davies (OCD).  Image: Edward Lockyer.


Attracted To Light, Robert Fearns and Anthony Head

Attracted to Light by Robert Fearns and students from Bath Spa University

Attracted to Light is inspired by the way humans use light to navigate through the night-time urban jungle.  Like moths to a lamp, we too are drawn to the images and shadows created by numerous small light sources.

Bath based artist and filmmaker Robert Fearns, specialises in exploring how we see, experience and create urban spaces. Attracted to Light is a collaboration with artist and Illuminate Bath Creative Director, Anthony Head  and Bath Spa University students Abigail Winter, Kirstie Green and Elizabeth Hawthorn.


Catch Me Now, Tine Bech

Children, in particular, will love to chase this deceptively simple spotlight as it reacts to their movement and leads them on a merry dance. Danish artist, Tine Bech, combines electronics with location tracking technology and the environmental elements of urban spaces to create playful experiences for curious visitors.

Tine Bech’s public art aims to challenge our common assumptions about public space and its use. The work questions public behaviour (don’t touch in galleries, don’t play/ run in public spaces) and encourages interaction, play and collaboration. Catch Me Now is programmed by Tarim.


Heads, Bodies, Legs


Heads, Bodies, Legs by Zeb, Jordan and Jack

Bath based animator Petra Freeman and filmmaker Tim Rolt have collaborated with 50 children and staff from St. Saviours Junior School to make an interactive animated version of this traditional pencil and paper game. They have also created two short films that blend live action and animation. The important message is a lively take on presenting words. Let the Games commence explores some unusual and imaginative new games.

Petra Freeman is an artist and animator and is best known for her painting on glass animated film. Her recent film, Tad’s Nest, was screened at Tate Modern in 2010. Petra and her partner, Tim Rolt, have made several award winning films collaborating with children and funded by First Light Movies.

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.


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