Today, Monday 21 December, cultural organisations across the region will showcase a collection of 60 second digital commissions. Marking the Winter Solstice (the shortest day / longest night of the year), It Gets Lighter From Here aims to provide moments of happiness and hope before the days do, quite literally, start to get lighter. To date, the project, the brainchild of The West Midlands Culture Response Unit (WMCRU), has raised £34,050 for commissions, providing vital financial support for the region’s freelancers and community members who have been left unsupported through the pandemic, with a lack of job security and stable, regular income.

47 organisations from a huge cross-section of artists and artforms, have agreed to provide 179 commissions in total, including commitments from BOM, Creative Black Country, Friction Arts, Meadow Arts, Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Severn Arts, University of Worcester, Vivid Projects, and Warwick Arts Centre. Involving a huge cross-section of artists and art-forms, substantial audiences and networks will be reached across the region and beyond, creating a wide celebration of hope, optimism and possibility for the future.

The micro commissions will be searchable on social media through the hashtag #ItGetsLighterFromHere. There will also be a ‘thunderclap’ moment at sunset (around 3.55pm) as all commissioning partners and artists will post content simultaneously, marking the darkest moment of 2020.

James Yarker from Stans Cafe said: “The #ItGetsLighterFromHere one-minute rule will prove a great creative challenge for artists young and old. I can’t wait to see all the inventive solutions they come up with. Audiences will find these snack size art works ‘more-ish’. There will be all sorts of flavours and we can enjoy getting a taste of everything, even those art forms we’ve never experienced before or think we don’t like. It will be for trying everything out because ’something else will be along in a minute’ – literally! 

There is no ‘official programme’ for #ItGetsLighterFromHere, so no one is saying what you can and can’t watch. Experienced and new artists are all in the mix together. It’s an evening for making new discoveries and because it’s all on social media you can share the things you like with all your family, friends and followers.

On the shortest day of the year #ItGetsLighterFromHere will share the brightest West Midlands artistic talent with the world.” 

More information can be found here.

 

On Monday 21 December, cultural organisations across the region will showcase a collection of 60 second digital commissions. Marking the Winter Solstice, It Gets Lighter From Here aims to provide moments of happiness and hope before the days do, quite literally, start to get lighter.

New creative grant awarded to Worcestershire artists

Severn Arts and Worcestershire County Council have selected twenty Worcestershire artists to receive a new grant to create a piece of work inviting participation and connectivity. The artists will all be working to the deadline of the end of May to present their final pieces of work digitally.

Umbrella Project by Cirque Bijou. Photo by Andre Pattenden

On Thursday 16 January 2020 from 5.30-10pm the Arches Festivals presents Light Night Worcester, the first of four brand new festivals for the city.

Light Night is inspired by the connections we have with each other and the world around us, and features a programme of light installations created by local and international artists, music by Worldbeaters LED drummers, a large colourful umbrella spectacle by worldwide performance producers, Cirque Bijou (who are joined by 50 performers form the local community) and giant illuminated seesaws that make sounds as you bounce. These are shown alongside installations from first year students at the University of Worcester and a specially commissioned graduate light-based piece of work.

The festival is part of The Arches Worcester project delivered by Worcester Cultural Partnership, made up of Worcester City Council, The University of Worcester, Severn Arts, The Arch Company and Worcestershire County Council.

Wave-Field by CS Design and Lateral Office with a soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama. Photo by Art Emaar.

 

Laura Worsfold from Severn Arts who are leading the festivals strand said:

“We are all very excited about bringing new arts experiences to the people of Worcester and in particular, the number of opportunities for young people and new creative businesses that this programme will offer. Festivals have a huge impact on cities, as we have seen through City of Culture projects in Liverpool, Hull and now Coventry. We aim to celebrate the uniqueness of Worcester through presenting outdoor spectacle, debate, challenge and innovation and to raise the profile of artists, creative professionals and new emerging talent in our city.”

Light Night Worcester is free to attend. The full programme for the evening can be found here.

On Thursday 16 January 2020 from 5.30-10pm the Arches Festivals presents Light Night Worcester, the first of four brand new festivals for the city.