Art student innovations
Students from across Plymouth College of Art’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses were selected from open submissions as part of a competitive process to exhibit in Illuminate 2021.
MA Ceramics student Owen Rees is creating ‘The Glowing Outdoors’, a new ceramic installation. Second-year BA (Hons) Animation & Games students Leah Smale and Helena Bone are working together on a new projection-mapping project, ‘The Cycle of Destruction’; Alex Straw, Katie Bird and Tiffany Anderson are working together on ‘Whale, We’re Screwed’; Maximillian Rueth and Jack Polley are working together on ‘Mother Earth’; and Taylor-Paige Timmins is working on ‘Stop the Change with our Climate’.
A large number of the undergraduate students selected to contribute to Illuminate this year previously studied Plymouth College of Art’s A-level equivalent Pre-Degree courses or the college’s Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, showing the benefits of the extra years of specialist creative education.
‘Colours of the Future’
Young Arts students aged nine to 16 from Plymouth College will shine a light on the environmental crisis in ‘Colours of the Future’, set inside the windows of Market Hall.
Young Arts Clubs meet weekly on a Saturday morning and during holidays at Plymouth College of Art.
The students, from across the South West, have worked together to create their own version of stained glass from scrap plastics, highlighting their feelings and response to the climate crisis and the environmental problems that will be inherited by the next generation.
Visualising environmental data
Live environmental data captured by Smart Citizen sensors around Plymouth will be creatively visualised in an immersive installation at Market Hall from 18.00 on Friday 26 November, as part of a bookable discussion session asking ‘What new approaches can we take to manage the impact of changing weather patterns?’
Elizabeth Zahoui, guest speaker from Plymouth College of Art’s Smart Citizens Programme, will also attend the session.
Developed by Plymouth College of Art’s Smart Citizens Programme and local electronics expert Lee Nutbean, the custom-coded installation visualises the local environment (such as sun, clouds, rain and hills) by collating data collected by environmental sensors such as humidity, pollution levels, air temperature and barometric pressure from Plymouth and other cities around the world.
The environmental data used to inform the installation is captured by sensors, known as Smart Citizen kits, installed across Plymouth and the globe.
Plymouth-based Smart Citizen kits were assembled and coded by local people during six-week training sessions led by the Smart Citizens Programme at Fab Lab Plymouth.
This activity is part of the iMayflower project and has been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which funds the Cultural Development Fund administered by Arts Council England.