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Wilds World Festival at Chester Zoo

We are super excited to be part of the Wild worlds festival at Chester zoo.  Get down there to see our giant amazing inflatable plants inspired by the zoos incredible plant collections. Get eaten by a huge carnivorous nepenthes and get your self prickled by some ginormous spiky cacti –  they even have spikes on the inside!
Inspired by some of the zoos most amazing plants you can’t miss these brightly coloured sculptures.

 

Chinese New Year of the Dog

WF Central, Beijing

Our installation of 36 inflatable dogs (and 5 beanbag dogs) in celebration of Chinese year of the Dog has been installed at WF Central in Beijing where it will stay for 3 months. Its been a pleasure working with Hong Kong design team OUTSIGN Lab ltd on this project.

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Martin House Hospice Pod

The Butterfly and the Bee

The Butterfly and The Bird is a commission from Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People to mark its 30th anniversary. The dome design features house martins, which give the hospice its name, and butterflies, the symbol of the children’s hospice movement.

Martin House worked with Sheffield artist Sarah Jane Palmer, along with a group of its children and families to develop the design of the pod.

At 5m diameter by 4m high, the pod has space for wheelchair access, and Martin House plans to use it with its children and young people at its hospice in Boston Spa as a play space, a den, for storytelling, an art gallery and creative space.

It will also go out to community events to promote the work of Martin House, which cares for children and young people with life-limiting conditions in West, North and East Yorkshire.

“We hope it will raise awareness, prompt curiosity and dispel myths about children’s hospices, and will be something we can use for many years to come,” Alison Wragg, community fundraiser, Martin House.

Fairy Ring Exhibition

Our new exhibition ‘Fairy Ring’ has opened at Bishop Auckland Gallery, County Durham and runs from 8th July – 9th Sept 2017

Fairy rings (naturally occurring circles of mushrooms) are anchored in folklore as portals to other worlds. This exhibition aims to connect us with our sense of wonder, the possibility that we can inhabit the fantastical make believe worlds that exist within us.

As well as creating a magical environment this installation hopes to highlight the importance of the humble mushroom. Fungi are one of the most important groups of organisms on the planet. They are the ultimate natural recyclers, breaking down plant and animal debris turning it into nutritious life giving soil. All plants rely on fungi to survive, without them the whole food chain would collapse. They also provide us with essential medicine, the most well known being penicillin.

Blood and Bone Exhibition alongside Louise Bourgeois

‘Blood and Bone’ has been chosen to show alongside a Louise Bourgeois exhibition which sees work from her Autobiographical Series and a selection her work from the Arts Council Collection. 
 
The work will be shown at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire from 1st July to 16th September 2017 

Blood and Bone is evocative of our human biology, the macroscopic and the microscopic. Through a series of connected intimate spaces which echo human anatomy and its inner workings, viewers are immersed in a familar and fantastical terrain which invites us to re-frame our own bodies as landscapes for exploration. Through sensory interaction and play, viewers are encouraged to become active participants in the artwork, transforming the usual art – viewer relationship.

Giant Peach celebrates Roald Dahl’s Centenary

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!

 

Blue Dot Festival – The Outer Space

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.

 

Mail Rail Tunnel Exhibition Stand

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.

Visit http://postalmuseum.org/ to find out more or email exhibitions@postalmuseum.org

‘Thanks so much for making the tunnel, we love it and it’s been well received by our visitors.’ Emma Harper, The British Postal Museum

 

Oldham Science Fesival

Creativity and science collided at Festival Oldham on May Bank Holiday. This year celebrated Oldham’s rich scientific heritage to mark Manchester as the European City of Science 2016.

 

 

Inflatable sensory play pod, outdoor classroom for early years learning

Sensory Play Pod is a Big Success

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

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