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Portraits, puppets and lanterns at Nottingham Light Night 2015

Date published: 9 Feb 2015

Posted by: Joe Pick

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Thanks to everyone who took part in, and contributed to, our 2015 Nottingham Light Night projects. As you can see from these photos, it was a brilliant evening.

For the second year running we worked with the Renewal Trust to produce the Unity Lantern Procession. The two communities of St Ann’s and Sneinton processed from their respective community centres in an underwater themed wave of lanterns, colour, light and music. When they arrived in Sneinton Market Place fantastic fish shaped lanterns, made by local young people in workshops with Jess Kemp and Sarena Kay, met NOMAD’s giant octopus puppet. It was a beautiful celebration of community unity.

The City Arts Dome was set up in Sneinton Market Square. Hundreds of people popped in to watch as local faces and places gradually emerged; projected large-scale on to the Dome’s surface.

“I like how it brings together art and technology. It’s beautiful to watch… from an adult and a child’s perspective!”

Ida, Audience member

Artist Mik Godley had spent the preceding month drawing local people including, amongst others, participants and workers at the Community Recording Studio, the congregation of Emmanuel Church, visitors to the Greenway Community Centre, customers of Hartley’s Coffee Bar and the Sneinton Tenants & Residents Association.

“It’s very imaginative and the drawings are a spectacular”

Winnie, Audience member

The landscapes and portraits were produced using the iPad app Brushes, which creates an animation from the artist’s virtual brush strokes, revealing the process he uses to construct each piece.

Beccy’s Global Kitchen served up warm food in City Arts’ building, providing a welcome escape from the bitter cold. Visitors were treated to musical performances by the Trent Navigation Company, the St Anns Emmanuel Church Choir and pianist David Keye.