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Big Bang Artworks finally on display in Plymouth!

The journey of making our co-created ‘Big Bang’ solar panel artworks has been rather long and has included quite a collection of people!

We were invited to bring an activity to The Big Bang Fair by Exeter Science Park who were sponsors of the huge and bustling event at WestPoint Arena in June 2019, and over 170 young people joined us to learn how to solder tabbing wire to solar cells and add their designs of objects and items that they associate with the sun.

By the end of the day we had 7 pieces to finish.

This involved spending time at Ocean Studios in Plymouth in July 2019 to decide how to finish the artworks and to sandblast the surface of the glass; adding silver elements in a workshop in Exeter in August; and working with Torbay Climate Action Group at the EyeView shop in Paignton to paint the glass and connect the cells in September (Even local Lib Dem councillor Lee Howgate came and joined in!).

After some final testing at touching up at Kaleider, (and with support from RIO and Plymouth Energy Community) we will now be showing the finished pieces in the Ocean Studios Gallery from 27 November – 1 Dec during the Illuminate Festival.

Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) have a group of PEC Pals have been working with us for over a year now to find ways to bring people together to explore our energy systems through creativity and the group have also made their own solar panel artworks that will be on display at the same time.

The Illuminate Festival Looks like it’s going to be really good, so we hope we’ll get to see you at Ocean Studios in Royal William Yard, Plymouth at some point.quite a 

 

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Moths to a flame

For the WaveLength Festival in Torbay from the 8-10 November, Art and Energy are collaborating with people across the region to make an illuminating artwork powered by the sun. 

Moths to a Flame will encapsulate the duality of how we harness the elements for electricity and how we are ourselves captivated by light.

We know that moths share our fascination with radiance, and we know that moths are in decline because of the power systems that we are also entrapped by.

 

We would love to see you at one of the events associated with this project:

Solar panel artwork making demonstrations

  • 1st to 3rd Oct 2019
  • 10am – 2pm drop in 
  • 1st Oct – 4-6pm Torbay Climate Action Group session
  • EyeView shop, Winner Street, Paignton

Come along and see how we make our unique solar panel artworks, and tell us about your experiences of moths in Torbay! These drop in sessions form part of Torbay Climate Action Group’s work exploring energy in Torbay throughout October.

 

Moth conversations

  • 12-4pm, 9th Oct – Drop in
  • 6-9pm, 9th Oct – Moth viewing
  • 10-2pm, 10th Oct – Drop in
  • Torre Abbey

Come along and share your moth stories and help us design our moth solar panel artwork.

We are hoping to find out about Torbay moths, especially those that live around Torre Abbey and (weather permitting) will be viewing moths on the evening of the 9th.

We are looking forward to meeting moth-ers from the bay, so please do come and share your knowledge with us as we make this piece for the WaveLength Festival.

We are grateful for support from:

  • Ian Hankey at The Fab Lab Plymouth for helping us build the frame
  • LOF Solar for supplying us with colourful solar cells
  • The Solar Range for their help with the electronics in the artwork and
  • GB-Sol for helping us laminate our solar panel artworks
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Art and Energy at the International Festival of Glass 2019

23 – 26 August 2019

The International Festival of Glass celebrates the spectacle, drama and excitement of glassmaking every two years across the Stourbridge Glass Quarter.

Since its inception in 2004 the Festival’s aim has been to celebrate and showcase the skill and innovation of the glass industry and makers, both historic and contemporary, local and international

We will be showing examples of our first solar panel artworks and a demonstration of how we made them and how they work.

Please come along and see us at Ruskin Glass Centre, The Glasshouse, Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge, DY8 4HF

We will also be running two workshops.

TEENAGE SKILL UP Extinction rebellion! Powerful teenagers

23rd August, 2019 at 10:00am – 4:00pm

During this day long workshop you will work with solar panel artist Chloe Uden and master glass craftsman Ian Hankey to make a solar artwork on the theme of Extinction Rebellion.

The solar panel artwork we produce will be displayed throughout the rest of the festival. You can collect your artwork at the end of the festival to take home. 

 

WORKSHOP: Pretty Useful! Make your own solar panel artwork

25th August, 2019 at 10:00am – 4:00pm

Join solar panel artist Chloe Uden and make your own simple solar panel artwork that you will be able to take home at the end of the day to charge your phone.

During this day long workshop you will

  • Learn the basics of solar energy
  • Work on the surface and reverse of the glass to create a unique solar panel design
  • Tab up solar cells
  • Connect the electrical components
  • Test your pieces