RIO is working with a group of young people from City College Plymouth on a Creative Traineeship programme, which will see the young people support a major event for the city of Plymouth – a stunning illuminations event to mark the centenary of the amalgamation of the Three Towns. The ‘Light Fantastic’ illuminations event is taking place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November, when important buildings in Plymouth’s history, including the Civic Centre, Smeaton’s Lighthouse and Devonport Guildhall, will be lit up for two nights of stunning illuminations. The Creative Traineeship, funded by Creative and Cultural Skills, will see the live events and creative media students working with digital production company Illuminos to ensure the event includes jaw-dropping projections and an impressive image display.
Through the twelve-week programme, the young people will create audio and visual content which will form part of the projections to appear on the Civic Centre on the night of the grand finale. They will also assist with the running of the event at Devonport Guildhall on its opening night. Alongside this, the students have been attending some community based workshops and ‘documenting’ them, which they will turn into a short documentary style film.
Kate Rowlands, Locality Coordinator at RIO, is delivering the Creatvie Traineeship. She said, “We’re pleased to be working with City College Plymouth again on this new Creative Traineeship. The students have had the opportunity to work on a live brief and to create content that could appear in the final projection itself so it is a really exciting opportunity for them, which they have shown great enthusiasm towards. The creative media students have also made important links within the community where they are filming workshops, so all round it has helped them gain a real insight into how Illuminos create these amazing light shows involving members of the community.”
The Creative Traineeship aims to add value to their courses by providing them with practical industry experience alongside employability skills and a Bronze Arts Award qualification.