Inspire Youth Arts
The Able Orchestra was created by Inspire Youth Arts and is a unique inclusive ensemble of young disabled musicians who have worked on many collaborations to include Hallé Orchestra, and also performed at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.
This piece was created using inspiration from audio and visual recordings at Papplewick Pumping Station.
The recordings of the pumping station in steam were used as inspiration for a week-long intensive series of workshop, coordinated by digital artist Bec Smith from Urban Projections and Si Tew from Digit Music, to create the music and light installation for the performance. The performance marked the first part of a longer project that will see a follow up film featuring visuals from the pumping station with the recorded soundtrack.
For more information please visit the Inspire website.
The Augmented Reality Exhibition
The augmented reality exhibition began life as a series of eight artworks based around the local flora of Sherwood Forest, created by artist Rebecca Smith of Urban Projections. Rebecca held a series of co-creation workshops, working with young people from the Mansfield and Nottinghamshire area.
In collaboration with local sculptor Phil Neal, the workshops saw the young people create sculptures of a particular flora, local to the Sherwood Forest area, from various recycled materials
With help from Nottingham University's Mixed Reality Lab, each of the sculptures were photographed and scanned to transform them into digital 3D models through the technique of photogrammetry. With the models created and scanned, the artworks on display in this exhibition were created.
A group of young people from inspire Youth Arts have worked with electronic musician Jimmy Power and videography artist Gary Martins to create a stunning audio-visual piece of artwork created from field recordings and microscopic images of flora from across the Sherwood Forest area.
The mood, style and overall audio aesthetic was created by the young people using field recordings of natural objects such as sticks, leaves and rocks as well as using the natural landscape noises of running water, wildlife and wind running through the trees to be used as part of the piece.
Recorded parts have been manipulated in audio software to create rhythmic patterns to create a range of percussive and melodic sections. The visuals accompanying the piece are microscopic images of species of plant life found in the Sherwood Forest area including moss, plants and leaves.
The film can be viewed via the Inspire Website.
From Miner 2 Major Film
A visually stunning film, with a powerfully evocative soundtrack, From Miner to Major brings an intriguing new perspective on Sherwood Forest.
Inspired by the rich heritage and natural landscapes of Sherwood Forest, a diverse group of young people from across Nottinghamshire, scripted, filmed, animated, composed and performed the stunning visuals and soundtrack for a film that takes us from a drone’s eye view to a journey of underground discovery, immersing us in the unseen connections of the hidden forest.