November saw RIO working with a new group of Live Events and Creative Media students from City College Plymouth on their creative traineeship. The students were set a live brief from Illuminos, a digital media organisation and Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery to create a haiku poem about Plymouth and then collect content (photos, film and audio) to go alongside this to appear in a light projection show on the Civic Centre as part of Plymouth’s Light Fantastic show to mark the centenary of the amalgamation of the Three Towns.
The 2 day event over 28th and 29th November saw three important buildings in each of the three towns – Devonport, Stonehouse and Plymouth – light up on the Friday night, and students were at each of the sites – Devonport Guildhall, New Palace Theatre and Smeaton’s Tower – to help set up, steward and film the events.
On the Saturday night the group were invited to a thank you reception, where they got a special mention in a speech given by Councillor Tudor Evans at the event, who acknowledged their hard work, which highlighted the young people’s involvement in art and culture within the city.
The projection show onto the Civic Centre was spectacular and it was incredible for the students to see their content illuminated onto the building.
The Creative Media students had their films of the previous night’s light shows played on the big screen in the city centre plaza, enabling people who couldn’t get to the sites the opportunity to see them.
Overall it was a fantastic experience as the students gained a real insight into how a live event takes place from start to finish.