Derwentwise is a 5 year project to inspire people to care for the Lower Derwent Valley in Derbyshire.
We won a commission from them – the brief was: ’tie together DerwentWISE’s 60 projects under a linked identity to create a playful and engaging artwork that communicates the scale, scope, ambition and achievements of DerwentWISE’.
We decided to make a massive heart. It symbolises the valley as a living entity made of different elements which must all work together to be nourished and survive. It represents the love of place, landscape and community. It turned out a bit bonkers and a bit awesome! We are looking forward to seeing it pop up at events around Derby in the coming year.
Proud to be part of our local towns annual Lamp Lighter festival organised by leading carnival artists and puppeteers – Handmade Parade. Lamplighter is an extravaganza of awe-inspiring illuminated creations marking the start of the darkest months of the year. As well as the acclaimed large-scale lantern parade and mythical “Lamplighter” as a symbolic guide for the town and valley through the dark winter, this out of the ordinary festival features an exciting programme of top music, street theatre and installations.
Sowerby Bridge’s Winterlight Festival is a feast of sights and sounds created by a group of artists, musicians and technicians from across the community who have sought to create an outdoor vision of the true future heart of the town. This year we created a mesmerising installation in the old Fire Station. People could come inside and watch our magical illuminated lotus flower slowly opening and closing.
The Point Gallery, Doncaster
Microbes took over the Point Gallery at the brilliant DARTS in Doncaster.
This exhibition is inspired the beautiful microscopic imagery of bacteria and cells that live within us. This mesmerising family focused exhibition is full of delightful, unexpected happenings. Heres what some of the visitors had to say about it …
“Relaxing. Superbly done. Oddly soothing to watch!” – Jo & Helen
“Got very overexcited when they moved! (I am 31!)” – Vicky
“We really enjoyed the sounds and sights – a calming exhibition which we thought was really relaxing and thought provoking. “ – Emily & Laura, Dan & Julie
“Enjoyed seeing and hearing something very unusual. Very relaxing, soothing sounds. Will tell friends The Point is definitely worth a visit!” – Sophie & Grandma
“We loved the colours, shapes, sounds of breath, movement of deflation and inflation.” – Holly & Sandra
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.
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.
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’ 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.