Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors Exhibition to tour the UK
Public Image is working with Event International to tour this colourful, celebratory exhibition in the UK in 2014 and 2015. First commissioned for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the exhibition has only been to the UK briefly last summer for the Stockton International Riverside Festival.
Peace Camp wins Best Overall Event
Delighted to announce Peace Camp won Best Event Northumberland and Best Overall Event at the Journal Culture Awards. Public Image worked with Artichoke on the production and delivery of this wonderful event which was part of the London 2012 Festival.
The Collective’s auction of over 60 pieces of art donated by artists who had previously exhibited at the gallery raised over £60k this month. The money will be used to help fund a programme of exhibitions in their new gallery space on Calton Hill, due to open this summer.
Selina Pope (17) from Albyn School has won our short crime story competition. Selina’s short crime story was chosen by a panel of judges who included; writer and historian Allan Burnett, Deputy Editor of the Press and Journal David Knight, and David Atherton from Aberdeenshire Council.
All the stories entered in the competition were set at Fyvie Castle and entrants were asked to write the follow-up to a 500 word introduction written by Allan Burnett which introduced the characters and set the scene.
The two runners up were Christian Ah-See (16) from Cults Academy and Laura Jane Brook (17) from The Gordon Schools in Huntly. The competition was open to 5th and 6th year pupils at schools across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
The runners up will each receive vouchers to spend at Waterstones bookshop. The winner will receive a week’s placement with the Press and Journal newspaper, Waterstones’ vouchers and a set of Allan Burnett’s books from his ‘and all that’ series for their school library.
Following a successful first year at Haddo House in 2012, we are delighted to announce that the Unsolved Festival will run from 18th to 20th October 2013. Tickets to go on sale later in the year.
They met at college in Sunderland, they’re now one of the most established bands to come out of the North East region. The Futureheads boast five albums, and will be playing an all a cappella set on Saturday 25 August at Durham Cathedral.
SIRF 25 kicks off on 2 August
Stockton International Riverside Festival’s opening event to mark their 25th anniversary on Thursday 2 August, is Prometheus Awakes; set to be spectacular and specially created for the year of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This production is a unique collaboration between Graeae Theatre (UK) and LaFuradelsBaus (Spain) that will inspire with extraordinary stagecraft, large-scale projection, giant puppets and mass aerial choreography involving an integrated cast of over 60 disabled and non-disabled volunteers drawn from Stockton and all over the North-East.
Public Image receives Year of Creative Scotland Award
The award is for a new crime and mystery festival in Aberdeenshire from 19-21 October this year. The festival is a partnership between Public Image and the National Trust for Scotland and will feature a programme of talks by crime writers at Haddo House and film screenings, crime themed tours and a ‘who dunnit trail’ for families at some of Aberdeenshire’s properties; Haddo House, Castle Fraser and Fyvie Castle. Full programme available in September.
Public Image Events is currently working closely with Artichoke on the production of Peace Camp, part of the London 2012 Festival.
Inspired by the Olympic Truce, the roots of which date back to Ancient Greece, renowned director Deborah Warner has been commissioned to create a coastal installation encircling the UK in collaboration with actor Fiona Shaw. Peace Camp will see glowing encampments of tents erected at sites across the UK in July 2012, and visitors to the sites will hear voices murmuring love poetry. People can nominate their favourite love poem or record and upload it online at the Peace Camp website at www.peacecamp2012.com. Peace Camp is a co-commission by the London 2012 Festival with Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013.
Callum Innes donates painting to The Yard
Artist Callum Innes is just one of over 12 artists who have generously donated work to this year’s art auction at The Yard Adventure Centre in Edinburgh on Thursday 31 May. The Yard is the only outdoor and indoor adventure play centre for children and young people with additional support needs in the East of Scotland and 2012 sees it celebrating its 25th year. In addition to work by local artists including; Callum Innes, Jolomo, Anna Constantinou, Duncan Robertson, Michael Bergin, Lucille Michie, David Schofield and Arran Ross, there will also be over 60 pieces of art created but the children and young people with additional support needs, who regularly play at The Yard. Their work has been created using adapted brushes, hairdryers, catapults and specially constructed painting pendulums and painting wheels, to enable those children with greatly restricted mobility to paint their own work.
Ramsay Cornish are running the auction on Thursday 31 May which starts at 6pm. Public Image has been working on the organisation of this event and the communications for The Yard’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
Sign up at The Yard if you would like to take part in the auction.
Lumiere wins Culture Award
The Lumiere Festival picked up the regional award for best creative event at The Journal’s Culture Awards in April beating off stiff competition from both BRASS – Durham’s International Festival and the Durham Book Festival.
Public Image in Belfast for the Titanic Launch Festival
On Saturday 7 April leading arts and tech collective seeper.com transformed the entire facade of the new Titanic building in Belfast into a living, breathing real time 3D canvas. This light show was one of the most challenging digital mapping projects ever attempted by creative director Evan Grant. The concept for the event was proposed by Culture Creative who were appointed by Belfast City Council as Producers. Culture Creative in partnership with Whitelight, Seeper and The World Famous then collaborated to produce the artistic content for the show. Public Image Events was brought on board to assist with production requirements and health and safety.
Public Image Events to work on Forest Pitch commissioned to celebrate London 2012
Working with Culture Creative, Public Image Events will be creating a full-size football pitch hidden deep within a forest in the Scottish Borders where two amateur football matches will be hosted, one for men and one for women. After the games, the site will be left to grow back naturally, with some native species replanted to encourage a more diverse environment. The shelter will remain as somewhere people can come to witness the gradual reclamation of the pitch by the natural world.
This major commission by artist Craig Coulthard is part of Artists Taking the Lead, a series of 12 public arts commissions across the country, funded by the UK’s Arts Councils to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Public Image to lead Generation Science’s 21st anniversary celebrations
The 21st Generation Science schools tour kicked off on 30 January with a brand new touring workshop Power from the People.
Power from the People explores ways to harness human energy and produce electricity, and will tour to over fifty primary schools throughout Scotland, during the spring and summer terms.
The workshop is designed to tie in with NVA’s Speed of Light project which will transform Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh through a series of night-time events as part of Edinburgh International Festival.
Public Image has been managing the PR campaign for Generation Science since 2007. The Generation Science tour reaches over 55,000 primary school children and over 600 schools in 31 Local Authority areas annually, it is the largest school science touring programme in the UK and has activities for all ages, from infant classes right up to upper primary.