Toshiko Terazono, lecturer in architecture in the School of Art, Design and Architecture discusses how the Illuminate light festival inspires her students and creates a proud legacy for the city.
It is always one of the most difficult parts of our teaching and skills development.
When running live projects it seems, once the project is finished, students become incredibly reflective about their own experience and what they learnt from the project.
With this type of project, the working environment is encouraging students to communicate with each other and establish a working relationship. Learning processes and development has to happen at a faster pace compared to a normal studio environment that we are familiar with.”
“I had a potential design project idea as part of BA (Hons) Architecture year one module. The brief and context of Illuminate was a perfect match for the students' brief. I worked alongside the Real Ideas Organisation and Professor Chris Bennewith to bring the student project to reality.”
- BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and BA (Hons) Education Studies team and year 3 students
- BA (Hons) 3D design team and year 2 students
- Foundation and Year 3 students from Yealmpstone Farm Primary school.
We separated a total of 200 students into 11 teams and asked them to make a small shelter for children called ‘the village of shelter’.
The idea of the project is to highlight the recycling of our waste as future building materials.
Visitors to the festival can go inside all the shelters and look at the space from inside.”
“I believe IIluminate leaves a positive impression of Plymouth, and the festival makes people more aware of the city's natural beauty and its surroundings.”
A festival for all
“The Illuminate festival is definitely for everyone. All of the installations are accessible – whatever your age.
Even if you are a tourist and struggle with the English language, you can still enjoy all the light installations.
“The University offers you so much. Having the studio based at Royal William Yard was an amazing opportunity – it truly is an inspiring studio space.”
Illuminate light festival
Marking the countdown to Mayflower 2020
Illuminate, a spectacular light festival that connects the Mayflower 400 destinations across the UK and internationally, returned to the historic Royal William Yard and other venues during November/December 2019.
The festival offers an immersive experience, with projections and light installations, live performances and opportunities for audiences to interact with the works.