From film screenings of James and the Giant Peach to Eisteddfod Festival our very own Inflatable Giant Peach has been up and down the country non-stop this year celebrating the centenary of Roald Dahl. Its been so popular that we’ve had to make a second one!
We were part of ‘The Outer Space’ chill out area for Blue Dot festival at Jodrell Bank. A brand new festival exploring music, science, arts, technology, culture, film and food.
Put together by outdoor art experts Walk the Plank, The Outer Space was a beautiful and immersive night-time experience. Walk the Plank worked with artists – Impossible Theatre, Space Cadets, The Kazimier and others to create an exciting journey of light and sound through the Jodrell Bank woodland.
We created an inflatable tunnel for the Postal Museum as part of a touring exhibition. The brief? To design a tunnel which was super easy to tour, would take up little space and be quick and simple to install in a variety of venues.
The inside of the tunnel was printed to look like a real mail rail tunnel and had built in sound effects which were triggered when someone entered.
Spacecadets designed a Sensory Play Pod specifically for Grow Big’s new out reach project ‘Sense’ which aimed to increase the personal, social and emotional development of children aged three to four and their attitude and aptitude to learning. The project worked with children from areas of deprivation and sessions took place inside the inflatable pod. The project was evaluated by EarlyArts. Here’s what they had to say:
All centre’s reported an increased sense of calmness when children were in the pod
Children were more focused, immersed and engaged in their activities during these sessions, which practitioners felt was the result of the special soothing environment of the pod, as well as the capabilities of sensory play to capture and sustain the children’s interests and attention.
“The Pod provided a space which was calm and secure where children were given uninterrupted time to explore and investigate using their senses”.
In one children’s centre, staff reported that one child became engaged with the project despite not engaging with other activities, and they felt this was, at least in part, due to the ambience of being inside the pod
Overall the project was very successful and met all its outcomes. The pod was particularly effective.
‘We’re so pleased with how the children have responded to the pod and do feel that it makes our project really special.’ Rachel Stewart, Chair of Grow Big’s Trustee Board
Our colossal spices are now available for hire, including garlic, 14m chilli, ginger and nutmeg, are awe-inspiring, enormous, and they smell real! Head holes at a variety of heights allow people of all ages to explore the spicy interiors while their exterior skins are host to an array of fascinating and spicy facts. It’s a sensory extravaganza for children and adults alike, and you’ll never look at a spice rack in quite the same way again.
These massive inflatable spices were origionally commissioned by Kew Gardens for thier 2015 Full of Spice festival. They were a massive hit with the festival goers proving to be the most popular exhibition in the festival.
Spacecadets collaborated with animator Matt Howarth of Puppetman Productions to produce Calavera – a giant Sugar skull inspired by Mexican Day of the Dead with ever changing audience controlled phenakistoscope eyes.
Manchester celebrated its 10th Diwali Mela. The events took place in Albert Square, Manchester city centre. Spacecadet’s created a shimmering inflatable Diwail sign and paraded their majestic Indian elephant in the magical nighttime parade.
Diwali , ‘The Festival of Lights’ – signifies the end of darkness which stands for ignorance and the beginning of knowledge symbolized by lights. Lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for mankind. Celebrations focus on lights and lamps, and fireworks. The festival commemorates the victory of Good over Evil.
We have just been installing our ‘Blood & Bone’ and ‘Microbes’ exhibitions at the Gymnasium Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed for the last leg of the Generation Air tour. You can catch it till 12th September 2015.