(UK) – Specialist architectural lighting company Studiotech has entered into a creative partnership with Manchester-based arts charity Venture Arts.
The award-winning charity, who supports people with learning disabilities to reach their full potential through visual arts and culture, will work with Studiotech on a series of projects, together finding new and dynamic ways to bring artwork to life and present illuminated work in unusual public settings.
The partnership begins with the installation of a giant cube light sculpture for Manchester Flower Show – a city-wide trail of floral displays, green installations, outdoor dining and entertainment, which began on 29 May.
Venture Arts consulted on the aesthetics and design of the sculpture, created by Studiotech, alongside partners Sutton Creative, which incorporates snippets of writing cast in thought-provoking shadows on the floor.
Positioned in a prime location in central Manchester, the installation features an additional cube with fully programmed pixel boards that can be controlled by members of the public. This allows for bystanders to change the colour of the artwork via hashtags on social media.
Venture Arts Director Amanda Sutton said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Studiotech and to be working together on the first of a series of highly visible and dynamic projects, which will enable our artists to marry their artistic vision with technology and to see a unique project brought to life in the centre of Manchester as a vibrant and innovative piece of public art for all to enjoy.”
Natalie Critchard, Studiotech Marketing Manager, added: “When we discovered that Manchester was hosting a flower show to ‘bring the city back’, reunite communities and build confidence, we knew that it would be the perfect platform to present our new partnerships with Venture Arts and Sutton Creative. For Studiotech, the sculpture represents collaboration, hope, diversity and awareness. We are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase our work and the incredible art from Venture Arts to our local community.”
Studiotech Creative Lead Karen Owens continued: “When we first met with the Venture Arts family, there was an immediate connection. We knew that together we could create magic and evoke wonder in others. Through the mediums of art and light we will be bold and raise awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion. Together we will make our world a brighter place.”