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Light Up Stonehouse – with Cliik!

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We’re working with the Plymouth community group Cliik on an exciting project in North Stonehouse. Throughout December members of the community are decorating perspex rectangles with designs to celebrate the area that they call home.  These will be added one-per-day to three wooden tower frames in the window of the Cliik space, ‘The Talk Shop’ on Wyndham Place… a sort of alternative advent calendar!

In January the Art and Energy team will spend a day adding solar cells to the artworks (hopefully with open doors so that the community can join us in hands on creativity… but we’ll see what the Covid restrictions allow!).

The towers will each form a solar charger, generating electricity to charge batteries that will be used in future projects including illuminated parades! 

These are just a few of the beautiful artworks that have been created… to see more why not visit the Talk Shop, or check out @Cliik  on Facebook!

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Solar Stars : unveiled!

In August we wrote about an exciting project we were working on in partnership with Knowle West Media Centre and the wider Filwood community…. well we’re thrilled to announce that the resulting solar stars are now installed at Filwood Community Centre!

They were revealed at a fantastic Walk of Hearts and Stars event, complete with socially-distanced lantern parade and brass band!

 

We ran a workshop  through Zoom, where members of the community painted their own designs onto perspex stars. We then added solar cells and LEDs to create solar-powered illuminated artworks. During the day the solar cells charge a battery. At night they twinkle with colour changing LEDs.

The names at the centre of each star are community members who were nominated for going above and beyond during the Covid lockdown this summer.

 

We were particularly impressed by the variety, vibrancy and love that had clearly been put into each of the 28 painted star designs. Lush!

 

This year has been very tricky in terms of running creative workshops, so we would like to say a huge thank you to Fiona and her team at The Factory at Knowle West Media Centre who gave us this chance to further develop our socially distanced offering. 

If you are interested in running a similar project then do get in touch. Alternatively check-out the ‘Make your mark’ and ‘solar art workshop’ rewards in our crowdfunder www.crowdfunder.co.uk/moths-to-a-flame-pec

Testimonial

‘Collaborating with Art & Energy has been fantastic, resulting in a really engaging and informative online workshop session with accompanying workshop packs that were very well received by the participants, and the finished decorated Stars with their solar-powered lights look AMAZING! They have been so flexible and easy to work with throughout the whole process, and really got on board with the community co-design element that was so integral to the project.’ (Fiona @ KWMC)