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Pretty Useful – Getting creative with solar

You know what solar panels look like right…. Well think again!
The inky rectangle we are all used to is about to change.
And it’s going to be changing in Plymouth.

  • Did you know that solar PV could be colourful?
  • Did you know that you can make curves and shapes?
  • Did you know the tech is fairly easy to work with?

Solar PV could be a new craft material of the future and this could give us an energy generation that doesn’t look like something out of Minecraft, but actually reflects local cultural identity.

This interactive, practical session will:

  • Tell you a bit about the options for aesthetic versatility in solar PV
  • Outline the experiments we’ll be doing with the Fab Lab in Plymouth
  • Show you examples of art and energy projects from around the world
  • Ask you to help us imagine an Art and Energy installation for Plymouth

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This event is free but numbers are limited and booking is essential.

Book Here

Are you interested in social or environmental justice and improving the quality of life of residents in Plymouth?

Do you want to improve your skills or help grow confidence in energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions?

Plymouth Energy Community would like your help to make a difference.. In the last 5 years, PEC’s services to tackle energy issues and cold homes have grown significantly. They’ve helped over 12,000 households and have installed 33 community-owned solar arrays. But they want to do so much more.

Here’s more information about Plymouth Energy Community PEC Pals

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Lampshade Making : Energy Stories

23rd July 2pm – 5.30pm

St Werburghs City Farm, Bristol

Come and join us for a hands-on discussion on what energy means for you, and how that can fall in line with what’s best for the environment. This half day workshop breaks down energy while you make. Share your energy experiences and use them as inspiration to get creative; during the session you’ll be assisted in turning your energy stories into an illustrated design to print your own fabric and craft a professionally finished drum lampshade.

You’ll walk away with a dazzling eco-reminder to decorate your home, a better understanding of the energy system in which we live, and some ideas on how you can make a difference.

Skill level: This workshop is aimed at adults and is suitable for complete beginners or experienced creatives – you’ll be guided through every step. Just come to us ready to share your experiences of living within the energy system.

Reserve a place:  goo.gl/PJe2YR,

or call/email Toni on: 07706103858/tonihankinson1988@gmail.com

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Open doors at 6 Paris Street, Exeter

We’d like to invite you to help us launch our new venture: Art and Energy.

Art and Energy are reinventing solar photovoltaics as an art material for the future.

At the moment solar panels are making our world look like something out of minecraft. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

 Art and Energy are working with a team of partners and experts to create custom solar panels that can incorporate art.

We’re holding a week long event at 6 Paris Street in Princesshay, Exeter on 14 – 19 May

We hope you’ll come along to:

  • See what can be done!
  • Get creative with some materials
  • Help us decide what sort of art and energy project to develop in Exeter
  • Get free energy advice from Exeter Community Energy

 

We will be open:

Monday 14th May  – Saturday 19th May

10am – 3pm each day

Just pop in or come to a special activity

10:30 – 12:00 – Energy Walk around the city every day

12:00 – 2:00 – Free energy advice from Exeter Community Energy

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Art and Energy – A new start

Solar Cell Photo by Matt Austin
Solar Cell Photo by Matt Austin

We will be open:

Monday - Saturday 10am - 3pm

& Thursday 10am - 7pm

Visit us at 6 Paris Street, Exeter from 14-19 May

We’d like to invite you to help us launch our new venture: Art and Energy.

Art and Energy have a vision to transform the look of solar panels through art, in order to brighten up our city, celebrate our diverse culture and inspire people to consider renewable energy. At the moment solar panels are inky, uniform, clone-like and utilitarian.

Art and Energy are working with a team of partners and experts to create custom solar panels that can incorporate artistic design. This is a totally new and exciting concept.

We are holding a week long event in Princesshay, Exeter on 14 – 19 May

We hope you’ll come along to:

  • See how solar PV tech can be used differently
  • Share your ideas for solar artworks
  • Get creative with some materials
  • See examples of art and energy from around the world and vote for your favourite
  • Help us decide what sort of art and energy project to develop in Exeter

Examples of what could happen include arts based carports and electrical plug-in places, public sculpture that could charge up gadgets, place based art on roofs, self-lighting arts based cycle paths.

We are being supported by Exeter City Futures, who are working towards Exeter being more sustainable, liveable and inclusive city. We are on their start up 15 week programme called Exeter Velocities setting up this social enterprise.

We are working with Exeter School of Art students, Exeter University researchers, businesses and Community Energy groups to develop and illustrate some of these ideas.

 

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Art Week Exeter 2018

Art Week Exeter 2018 Logo

Art and Energy are proud to be participating in Art Week Exeter this year!

Art Week Exeter is the annual city-wide art festival in Exeter, Devon. Its aim is to encourage and frame artistic activity: this involves working with artists, producers, organisations, venues and local government to produce a programme that showcases the best Exeter has to offer, alongside the work of nationally- and internationally-renowned artists.

During the week we will be collaborating with Demand Energy Equality to deliver some workshops and a talk

See below for details:

array - art exploring our energy generation

During Art Week Exeter, we’re going to be sharing what we know about the most awesome artists doing work with and about energy. AND we’ll thinking about what sort of art and energy projects could happen in Exeter.

Our energy system is the beating heart of civilization and the unseen web that binds us all together. This system is changing phenomenally fast and these changes will affect all of us; but we’re all aware that most people think energy is ultra-dull.

Artists have always played an important role in revolutions – but what are artists doing now?

In this talk, we will explore how artists are pioneering ways to help us connect better to our energy system and make a more beautiful world.

  • Hear from local creative practitioners who’ve done inspiring work
  • Find out more about projects from around the world
  • Understand some of the energy challenges we face in Exeter
  • Help us find a way towards a brighter future and
  • Have a say about the sort of art and energy projects you’d like to see in our city

Build your own solar charger- 24th May

A workshop delivered by Demand Energy Equality in association with Art and Energy

Fee: £30

Booking essential

Ever wondered just what goes on in inside a solar panel? Ready to take clean energy into your own hands? Stumped by watts, amps and volts? Fascinated by the future of power?

This full day workshop goes back to basics, ready to take you from zero to hand-made solar panel in a flash – with the future of energy explored along the way.

Walk away at the end of the day with a fully operational solar panel built from scratch – ready to charge your phone – and all your questions answered.

All materials are included and no previous experience is required.

electrical art challenge - 25th May

Come and play with us experimenting with all sorts of materials and making artworks that explore, light, colour, reflection and movement using electricity generated from the sun.

This full day workshop will cover the principles of designing and making solar powered art, whether as a self-contained sculpture or incorporated into existing installations. Using themes of colour, reflection, texture, sound and movement, you will be challenged to create a work of your own using reclaimed materials and electrical components.

You will have a chance to learn about and get hands-on experience with the electrical components and circuits that go into an off grid solar energy system whilst creating a piece of art – with the the challenges of energy efficiency explored along the way.

All materials are included and no previous experience is required.

This workshop is £30