Enlighten is a trail of lighting and projection projects around Evesham to reflect and highlight the rich and interesting heritage of Evesham and the surrounding area.
Phase 1 includes lighting The Bell Tower, The War Memorial and projecting on the Almonry in Evesham.
Phase 2 includes lighting and projecting on to All Saints Church, St Lawrence’s Church and lighting the archway to the Abbey Gardens.
The Almonry Projection
We have started the process with getting planning permission for the projector and delivering the community engagement programme. The engagement programme included creating a short animation with The De Montfort School, drop in arts workshops at festivals such as The River festival and The Battle of Evesham and an art exhibition at Evesham Library amongst other things. The creative ideas and images produced will contribute to the artist’s final design for the projection on the Almonry Museum. War Pro have already done a test projection on to the building which was received well. The launch date for this is to be confirmed but we hope Autumn 2019.
The idea is that this projection will be up for a year or so and that new projections will be created using the template by other designers. More funding will need to be found for this though.
The War Memorial Lights
Maynards were awarded the contract for this project. The contract was a partnership with 3 companies. Maynards did the lighting installation, Ridge did the lighting design and Architainment did the programming of the lights. There are 7 lights on the grass area in the semi-circle pointing in front of the memorial with colour as well as white lights.
Maynards, Ridge and Architainment have also recently finished a lighting project at Alexandra Palace on the old mast, very impressive
The launch event was Sunday 11th November 2018 from 6pm where a moving service was held by reverend Andrew Spurr and singing and poetry by Deborah Rose, Martin Riley and children from St Mary’s Primary School, Broadway.
The Bell Tower Lights
NoiseBoys Technologies were contracted to update the permanent lights to The Bell Tower. There has been a wish to light the fourth wall as well which is now being lit from the shopping centre.
Noiseboys have re-newed the lighting poles and brought them closer to the building. The lights have also been updated to LED lights. All of this has created a more interesting affect and some shadowing as well as lighting the whole of the building. There is the ability now to have a variety of colours, purple, red, green, blue, white and pink. These can be used for special occasions such as the Asparagus Festival.
The launch of the lights was Saturday 15 December 2018 from 5.30pm-7.30pm. People dropped in to see the light show which was accompanied by carols. In front of the Bell Tower was a installation of lanterns made by 130 school children from St Mary’s Primary School, Evesham and Bengeworth Academy. Julia Snowdin designed the installation. Also, there was two shadow puppetry shows by the talented Drew Colby, make a lantern workshop with Julia Snowdin and a drawing workshop using uv pens and uv lights to see the work on a projection and drawing of the Bell Tower.
Image courtesy of SDNA