Update March 2018
Enlighten is a new exciting permanent creative lighting trail coming soon to Evesham town centre. Wychavon District Council has been awarded funds from Planning contributions, Evesham Town Council and Worcestershire County Council to spend towards a new lighting trail for the exterior of Evesham Bell Tower, the war memorial in Abbey Park and creative projections on to The Almonry Museum.
This will be the first part of a series of phases to create a lighting trail from the river to the war memorial, to Abbey Gardens, to All Saints Church and St Lawrence’s church and finish at the Almonry museum.
Wychavon District Council has been working in partnership with a number of partners to make this happen such as Evesham Town Council, All Saints Church and The Almonry museum amongst others. It is all aligned to the Evesham Town plan which identified an ambition to: Provide a high quality visitor experience centred on the Abbey Site, create new connections between the parks and town centre, enhance the town’s built heritage, reveal and promote the town’s history and heritage, improve lighting to public areas, encourage families to visit the town in the evenings, improve and raise the profile of the Almonry Museum, improve the look of historic buildings in our conservation areas and improve the quality of the public realm.
Evesham War Memorial
Interviews have taken place for the contract for this project and Maynards have been awarded the contract. The contract will be a partnership with 3 companies. Maynards (www.maynards.co) will do the lighting installation, Ridge (www.ridge.co.uk) will do the lighting design and Architainment (www.architainment.co.uk) will purchase the lights. They have proposed to have LED lights on the grass slopped area pointing in front of the memorial with the possibility of having colour as well as warm white lights.
The British Legion and other interested parties will be meeting soon to start talks about the launch of the lights and events around it.
The launch date is still to be confirmed.
The Almonry Projection
Bright Signals and Double Take have been contracted to create this project. Bright Signals (www.brightsignals.co.uk) are helping with design and community engagement and Double Take are dealing with the projection equipment and installation (www.doubletakeprojections.com).
We are starting the process with getting planning permission and devising the community engagement programme. Ideas for the engagement programme include an education pack for schools, animation workshops, masterclass in projection mapping, visual art installation etc. Double Take have done a test projection on to the building which was received well.
The launch date for this is Saturday 17 November time tbc but after dark. There will be some arts activities happening throughout the launch such as shadow puppetry and make a lantern and catering as well on the day.
The idea is that this projection will be up for a year or so showing Evesham’s rich history and that new projections will be created using the template by other designers. More funding will need to be found for this though.
The Bell Tower
Noise Boys (www.noiseboys.co.uk) have been contracted to update the lights to The Bell Tower. There has been a wish to light the fourth wall as well (currently only 3 sides lit) and we had a test of this on 1st February to determine where we will have it. The shopping centre have agreed to allow it to be run from the shopping centre remotely.
Noiseboys did a test of the lighting back in the summer which created fantastic results. Noiseboys have proposed to re-new the lighting poles and bring them closer to the building. They will also update the lights to LED. All of this will create a more interesting affect and some shadowing as well as lighting the whole of the building.
The launch of the lights will be Saturday 17 November time tbc but after dark (the same as The Almonry). The idea is that a light show will be put on for a couple of hours to showcase what the lights can do. There will be the ability to have colour for special occasions as well.
A website is being created www.enlightenevesham.co.uk which will be separate from Wychavon DC to promote the project. It is hoped this will launch in April. A facebook (www.facebook.com/enlightenproject) and Twitter (@enlighteneves) account have also been created. We will soon be doing a call out to the public for photos and photos of objects people have about the history of Evesham to inform the projection on to the Almonry. They will be able to upload them on to the website. The project team will also share information to the public through talks and attend markets and events to promote it.
A professional photographer will document the events and lighting and a film maker will be making a short documentary about the process of phase 1.