Published: Friday, 30th October 2020
Monday night will see the launch of a new projection site in King’s Lynn. It is the first time that any of the town’s projection projects have used the Corn Exchange as a canvas.
As such an iconic and centrally located building for the town, it will connect the existing sites together and will no doubt become a feature site for future projects.
The new projection site has come about as part of DRAWDOWN, which began on Sunday 25 October. DRAWDOWN highlights ways to reverse the effects of climate change, with each of the vibrant, animated projections drawing attention to a different theme: Emissions at The Minster; Afforestation at St Nicholas’ Chapel; Water at The Custom House; Energy at Greyfriars Tower. The Corn Exchange will focus on the most impactful theme: food.
DRAWDOWN has been created by artist Ben Sheppee, who said: “The Corn Exchange's obvious connection to the food industry felt relevant as a canvas to explain some of the project’s really important principles. Simple things such as reducing the amount of meat we eat and reducing food waste have much farther reaching consequences than I had first considered”.
The project is produced by arts organisation Collusion, who, in partnership with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has created the new projection site. Collusion’s Director Rachel Drury said: “ It’s really exciting to be able to bring DRAWDOWN to one of King’s Lynn’s most important cultural and community spaces, and in such a way that connects so deeply to its heritage. Collusion is looking forward to seeing how we might best use the Corn Exchange projection site in future projects too”.
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health said: “I’m delighted to see that the Alive Corn Exchange has been added to the sites for these projections. It’s an iconic building in a popular part of town. I’m sure many more people will see the DRAWDOWN work when the work goes live on Monday.”
DRAWDOWN runs until 24 November, with more information set to be released on social media over the course of the project as part of a countdown of the most impactful ways to reverse our effect on the planet. The work is viewable from nightfall until 10pm each evening. Visitors are encouraged to bring a torch and to please follow the latest Covid-19 guidelines whilst enjoying the project. More information can be found at collusion.org.uk/drawdown and via #drawdownkl on social media.
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.
Admission: Free and un-ticketed
Opening times: Daily from twilight to 10pm
Locations: Alive Corn Exchange, The Custom House, Greyfriars Tower, King’s Lynn Minster, St Nicholas’ Chapel
Social media: Twitter @in_collusion // Instagram collusion // Facebook InCollusion // #drawdownkl