Published: Monday, 5th October 2020
Innovator of immersive light-based environments Ben Sheppee is the latest artist to be commissioned by Collusion working with the borough council.
DRAWDOWN is Sheppee’s first major installation in west Norfolk and will consist of a series of five large-scale building projections that each explore how the effects of climate change can be reversed, presenting an often overlooked positive angle on one of the most crucial environmental issues ever faced. The major new site-specific artwork will go on display in King’s Lynn in October.
Rachel Drury of Collusion said: “We’re looking forward to presenting Ben’s work on some of King’s Lynn’s most iconic buildings. We hope that the public enjoy walking around the town to see this beautiful and thought-provoking project – vitally, knowing that they can do so safely by following social distancing guidelines.”
Ben Sheppee said: “I personally feel like everyone has a general awareness and understanding of climate change, but many people feel ineffective as an individual to have an impact. I wanted to highlight the practical solutions in a way that provides empowerment through awareness. The works would be successful if it reinvigorated the public's interest in climate change solutions.”
The activity, which will take place from the 25 October – 24 November 2020, is supported by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk. Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “Our aim is to establish King’s Lynn as a centre of excellence for collaborative, creative, digital installations that add to the cultural offer in the town. By encouraging and developing local, creative, digital talent, we are enhancing skills and creating career ambition.
“Arts events are a vital way of encouraging visitors to King’s Lynn, especially as the winter nights draw in. These interactive artworks will encourage safe participation by being available for one month and online during and after the event.”
DRAWDOWN is the first of four climate related artworks by Collusion that will be delivered between October 2020 and May 2022 as part of the GAME ON series. GAME ON aims to establish King’s Lynn as a national centre of excellence for cultural innovation in interactive, town-scale projection-based artworks, supported by a networked digital cluster of specialist creative businesses.
Supported by partners including Arts Council England and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, the project will run for one month and is supported by an online campaign.
- The project is produced by Collusion, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with further funding from Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Discover King’s Lynn, Norfolk County Council and Audrey Muriel Stratford Trust.
- Projections will be spread over at least four locations: The Custom House, Greyfriars Tower, King’s Lynn Minster, St Nicolas’ Chapel.
- A limited edition set of prints will accompany the project.
More details available here: www.collusion.org.uk/drawdown