It’s been almost a year since our last post, a year which saw our work on the BBC and at the Barbican, opening Hastings Pier and closing the 950th anniversary of 1066 celebrations, we’ve been busy so far this year too focusing on working on subject matters and for organisations providing information and support for betterment as well as receiving 3 big commissions.
Over the last 9 months we’ve also started working in VR as well as:
• another SOLD OUT New Years Eve party
• We filmed and edited a fascinating series of 23 interviews including Radio4’s Shelia Dillon and author, analyst and co-director of the New Weather Institute Andrew Simms with The Food Systems Academy for a module on Food Ethics for Lancaster University
• We did a 3d animation to promote Enlightened Agriculture for The Campaign for Real Farming
• Animations for The Swingrowers ‘Butterfly’ video
• Documenting a Cardboard Citizens project in Hastings at Seaview homeless charity
• Animating an app store ad for gay social media network Blued
• Held another Pop up TShirt shop featuring 4 new designs from us 14 other artists at the launch of Hastings America Ground Independents Day which we instigated and oversaw
• Film maker/ Artist Andrew Køttings asked us to art direct/ design and produce the end title sequence for his next film Lek and the Dogs, commissioned by the BFI and premiering at The London Film Festival in December 2017
• Artwork for Riz Maslen’s first Neotropic album in 7 years ‘The Absolute Elsewhere’
• Stage design and building for the first Burning Heart Festival
• Created Hastings largest public art piece ‘WaveLength’
The next few months are set to be interesting which ever way our path takes us. stay tuned.
After the success of our New Years eve party we set out to do a series of parties at significant points in the calendar where time shifts, and they’ve proved to be successful so far, each reaching capacity for the venue with great feedback. We started with ‘SPRING FORWARD‘ as the clocks went forward an hour, we celebrated the Solstice with ‘SOLSTISH‘ and now Summer is over, the clocks are going back an hour and the longer nights are upon us, we’re throwing a masked party to mark the next shift in time to Winter ‘HELLOWEEN – WHEN TIME REWINDS’. We have a special late night guest this time around, DJ JAPHY, who will be taking the dancefloor through the first dark hours of winter with the club suitably decorated for the eve of the eve of Hallloween. The flyers for the event, to be found around Hastings and St.Leonards, will be your mask for the night and tickets will be available HERE.
We are honored to have been given the task of creating the closing event for the Root1066 Contemporary Arts Festival in Hastings on Oct 16th. We are in the process of creating something unique to end the month long series of events marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, our only brief was to present something ‘forward looking’. We decided to use one of Hasting’s newest buildings, one which will have a major impact on the town over the coming years, the largest underground Skate and BMX park in the world, Source Park. The park is 65m in length, was once a Victorian Baths and not without its challenges but we have assembled an amazing group of musicians, artists, technicians and engineers to collaborate with us in a sequence of experiments utilizing the space in distinctive ways. This will be a ‘Work in Progress’. Tickets are FREE but LIMITED you can get yours HERE.
Saturday Oct 1st BBC2 aired an hour long special featuring the incomparable Kate Tempest performing her new extended poem ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’. We worked with Art Director Harris Elliot and Content Director Manny Bonnet contributing animations to the presentation, some original work and others adding subtle movement to photo montage artist Peter Kennard’s iconic imagery. An edit of our contribution is coming soon and you can catch the full show on BBC iplayer HERE.
We just submitted a short film in to the Coastal Cultural Trail film competition.
The film, which takes in the vistas over the 22 miles between the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings Old Town, is 1 minute in length and shot as a collection of moving postcard images of our trail between the galleries. The competition is being run to promote the galleries and the majestic East Sussex coastline. You can view the film HERE and vote HERE, voting closes September 11th.
2016 marks the 950th anniversary of The Battle of Hastings and there are many related activities and events throughout the year in the town and surrounding area. The main focus of the festivities comes at the end of the summer, the ROOT1066 International Festival, which runs from September 3rd till October 16th. Festival Director Polly Gifford has commissioned us to create a closing event for the celebrations, for which we have chosen the recently opened Source Park, the worlds largest underground skate and BMX park, as the venue. We’re currently making plans and talking ideas through with collaborators in order to create A unique Work In Progress, the start of an ongoing wider work focusing on the Source Park. More info will be released over the next two months with hints as to what you might expect. Join us on October 16th from 6pm.
We were recently commissioned, by start up company Bee Potion, to design a Bee for their range of skin care and beauty products all derived from honey, pollen and wax. Company CEO Katharine Slater had seen our Moths around Hastings and wanted us to create an icon for Bee-Potion in a similar vein. We’ve also designed the bottle labels for the brand, more on that when they hit the streets.
Our work with Cardboard Citizens continued throughout the Spring with a very special one- off re-staging of Ken Loach’s iconic TV play ‘Cathy Come Home’ at the Barbican on July 5th. We were Digital Designers on the project which involved us creating the storyboard, design, animation and presentation of Joanna Layla‘s elegant illustrations. The performance was streamed live and received a 4 star review on The Guardian‘s website. The production was commissioned by the Institute of Fundraising on the 50th anniversary of the TV plays initial airing and in the year of Cardboard Citizens 25th anniversary. You can watch the performance HERE which is followed by a panel discussion chaired by BBC journalist Samira Ahmed featuring Ken Loach.
We’ve just completed work on a short documentary about the ‘META’ project we did with Cardboard Citizens from January through to March. The short film details how the project came about and its effects on the audience and cast members. You can view further info and watch both the documentary and our visual work for the project HERE.
Having worked as the creatives for Hastings Pier Charity, since the restoration works began almost 4 years ago, we were invited to curate and direct the official Opening Day’s morning and afternoon entertainment for the expected 10,000 visitors, May 21st 2016.
We worked around the theme of the Pier’s, world famous, musical heritage with a good measure of tongue in cheek ‘traditional seaside fun’ thrown in. More details and images to follow.