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  • Students from Plymouth College of Art collaborate with other students from across Europe for Euranim

  • Ocean Studios was part of the celebration, with light displays filling the space

Posted 04.12.17

In Pictures: Illuminate 2017

By Kat Peberdy
Illuminate, an event marking the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, lit up the historic Royal William Yard with artwork designed by students from Plymouth College of Art and across Europe.

The former victualling yard was lit up with light installations, immersive visual art and light projections inspired by the values of Mayflower 400; freedom, humanity, imagination and future.

Light projections were designed and mapped by students from the college, who as part of the European funded project Euranim, worked in collaboration with animation students from across France, Belgium, Hungary, Denmark and Finland.

Plymouth College of Art staff ran creative workshops, including reflective t-shirt printing and coding with light, while students created projection mapping that illuminated the historic buildings at Royal William Yard.

"There is much more to come and we are committed to making this festival bigger and better in the coming months and years..."

– Oli Raud, Euranim Project Coordinator for Plymouth College of Art

BA (Hons) Animation student Jamie Knight previously travelled to Budapest to take part in a Euranim project, and this year he took on the role of producer, helping the teams create their work and also assisting with the events technical management.

Jamie said of the experience: "Seeing everyone's reactions on the night was an amazing thing, and the experience has been truly invaluable to my professional practice and the direction of my work."

Students work with industry-standard software to create the light mapping projections

Oli Raud, Strategic Funding Manager and Euranim Project Coordinator for Plymouth College of Art reflected on the event: "We're really proud of the success of this year's Illuminate Festival and I'd like to say a huge thanks to all of our students and those who made the event possible, RIO/Ocean Studios, JHAV, Romeo Echo Papa, Plymouth University, Plymouth Culture, The Media Workshop and Plymouth City Council.

"It provides a great platform from which we can continue to grow and build the festival in the lead up to the Mayflower 400 commemorations, over the next three years. We're excited as we look forward to further opportunities to showcase the talent we have, here in Plymouth, as well as the great work we can achieve in collaboration with our European friends and partners, as was seen in the Euranim project residency that contributed the content of the projection mapping performances both on the Melville building and inside Ocean Studios, this weekend.

"There is very much more to come and we are committed to making this festival bigger and better in the coming months and years, as we grow and retain the crucial creative skills and talent in the city, providing a long-lasting legacy that benefits the creative industries and communities in the city and beyond.

"Our thanks to the Creative Europe programme, who part-funded the activities of the Euranim project, without whom we would not have seen the rich collaboration between our students and other students and experts from France, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark and Finland."