Augmented Reality and Conservation Awareness, Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity, Feb 2021

Artist Ryan Heath and Ignite! worked with young people  in a series of online workshops during the pandemic, exploring creativity, conservation awareness, and tech. These sessions were for those aged 16 – 25 currently based in Nottinghamshire. Together, we explored if 'augmented reality' (AR) can be used to further conservation efforts.

 

We produced some interactive, digital signage - using Attenborough Nature Reserve as inspiration. This virtual layer will aimed to inform visitors to the reserve and encourage donations.

 

The prototypes we developed were showcased as artwork for the Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity in February 2021.

 

This project was kindly supported by Arts Council England.

Luminous Landscapes, Light Night, Creative Quarter Nottingham , 2020.

 

This workshop for Nottingham Light Night was led alongside creative facilitator Gina Mollett at BACKLIT Gallery. These sessions were for those aged 5 + currently based in Nottinghamshire. It was open to the public on a drop-in basis, together we explored sculpture and bio-luminescence. Light, paint and clay were used to create dioramas to take home. 

 

This project was kindly supported by Arts Council England.

'Space Academy' with Anna Manfield, BACKLIT Gallery, UK New Artists and Nottingham Refugee Forum, 2019.

 

This week-long series of workshops were led alongside Anna Manfield and Gina Mollett at BACKLIT Gallery. A 'Space Academy' was set up inside the gallery space. Various interstellar-themed activities were enjoyed. On our final day, light, paint and clay were used to create dioramas to take home. Each participant received the highly esteemed and honorary 'space certificate' - a qualification no space-faring child should be without.

This project was kindly supported by Arts Council England.

'The Young Harris' with The Harris Museum, Preston, 2019.

 

In April 2019, artists in the 'GRAFT' group show were invited to deliver a set of workshops for The Harris. This was publicly advertised and aimed at those aged 6+. Together we learned about each artist in the exhibition through the methods of observation and interpretation, rather than a more didactic and information-dense approach. Each child and carer had their own materials and followed a set of loose drawing tasks. 


In the second session, we had drawings from the previous session cut in vinyl; we stuck them around the Museum collectively. This resulted in a visual trail to the exhibition space. 

This project was kindly supported by Arts Council England.