The Birmingham Book Festival commissioned Red Lantern to produce an interactive digital literature installation for Autumn 2012. Listen to Red Lantern Director Lauren Davies talking about the project in this video The Making of Reliable Witness.
Meet Darren and Amy – a young couple in love finding their feet in their relationship.
As their trusted friend you’ve been there for them, giving advice and a sympathetic ear for years. You’ve eaten meals that they have cooked for you. You’ve been over to Darren’s flat to drink tea and eat biscuits – the posh ones saved for when friends come over.
You’ve chatted about the football, the pub, the weather. You’ve relaxed in their company, you’ve shared jokes, and have been known to crash out and stare at the TV together now and again. You’ve seen them through a few ups and downs. So far, your involvement in their relationship has been passive, easy. Your loyalty has been neither divided nor tested. That’s about to change.
Darren and Amy’s story is moving quickly. Are you watching?
Written by Mez Packer and Rochi Rampal
- The Adhere Creative (Branding & Digital Development)
- Birmingham Book Festival (Project Design & Commission)
- Red Lantern Project Management Ltd (Project Design & Management)
Funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, The Birmingham Book Festival and sponsored by Cobbetts LLP.
MyCake – We provide marketing, press and PR support for MyCake, a finance solutions and consultancy firm catering for creative businesses and arts & cultural organisations. We update the MyCake blog and recently managed the launch of a new website design with graphic agency REG design.
HOUSE – Since 2012 we have worked with HOUSE Festival, Brighton’s annual visual arts event showcasing newly commissioned works of contemporary visual art by established and emerging artists. Based in Brighton, HOUSE is a charitable organisation that provides each of the selected artists, who must be based in the South East, with professional development opportunities to work alongside an internationally renowned artist and experienced curator. We have worked on various aspects of the organisation’s development such as managing the festival website, digital comms and social media, managing the volunteer programme, as well as scheduling and managing the festival team.
Artists Talk: Thursday 15th March 2012 6pm-7.30pm
The event, where artists from the show are going to talk about their work, is free and will be chaired by the Red Lantern leader Lauren Davies. The event will be in a relaxed, discussion format and all are welcome!
Solihull Central Library and Arts Complex, Library Square, Touchwood, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG
Current exhibitions in Soluhull Arts Complex
You can find Solihull Gallery in the Facebook as well
Image credit: Danny Howes, You Can Choose Your Friends… (2012) oil on canvas
Red Lantern are now providing marketing, press and PR support to MyCake, online specialists in providing finance and benchmarking solutions to creative people. You’ll find us blogging about creative people and their finances and celebrating MyCake as the home of the data tool Culture Benchmark.
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HOUSE is the curated and programmed partner event to the Brighton Artists Open Houses festival. Established in 2009, it is an annual contemporary visual arts event now part of Brighton Festival.
HOUSE 2012 commissioned new works from internationally renowned British artist David Batchelor. As well as awarding five artists commissions to produce satellite works in response to HOUSE and Batchelor’s own work.
HOUSE 2012 curatorial team is Celia Davies, Head of Programme, Photoworks and Clare Sheppeard.
Exhibition Opening Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm Tuesdays – Sundays, 5th May – 29th May 2012
HOUSE Festival 2012 homepage
In this photo: Phillip Monks (poet #2), Jonathan Davidson (Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands) and Emma Purshouse (poet #1) outside Burton on Trent Library.
The challenge: Writing West Midlands set the challenge of taking ten poets to ten locations across the West Midlands region in the spirit of sporting greatness. This event was to be their organisation’s contribution to the West Midlands Cultural Olympiad Open Weekend programme of events.
Inside the minibus we were accompanied by Monty Funk who were audio documenting the day’s events. Here is the Monty Funk Productions podcast of the Great West Midlands Poetry Relay – featuring a map of the route we took, details of the ten poets we drove across the region and how the day panned out through poetry.
On a bright sunny (thank goodness) day in July that took us over 360 miles in a 17 seater mini bus, and after a 5am start, our team of Lauren Davies, Johnathan Davidson, Sara Beadle, Joanne Penn and Bob the minibus driver set off to Stoke on Trent stationto begin collecting the first of ten local poets from ten locations around the West Midlands. This was a stand out favourite of all our projects so far as it combined lots of logistical planning and organisational detail to get the route right with encouraging high energy performances from our poets on the day. Absolutely knackering but completely worth it.
Red Lantern is now working in collaboration with Birmingham Book Festival 2011 on a unique project by contemporary classical composer Ailis Ni Riain and writer David Gaffney.
Situated in an empty shop in the Pavilions shopping centre, it uses a unique structure – an inner and outer layer of sound – to explore the feelings and thoughts of those who used to work in this abandoned retail space. The two layers of music and text can be heard separately or at the same time by moving around the specially created space. This inner and outer structure for a musical composition has never been explored before.
You can hear a brief taster of the piece on Soundcloud.
This work has been made possible through a commission from the Birmingham Book Festival and grant funding from Arts Council England and PRS for music foundation as well as additional support from Pavilions shopping centre in Birmingham and Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College.
The installation is at the Pavilions, Birmingham and starts on 6th October 2011 with a launch event from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.
Year 3 – 9th / 10th and 16th / 17th July 2011
For Audiences Central, Red Lantern conducted visits to five Birmingham youth centres from January to March 2011, to carry out observation studies and evaluation interviews with teenagers and youth workers engaged in the SHINE community music initiative. SHINE is a project managed and delivered by Sound It Out.
Information gathered and provided to the client included: audio interviews, transcriptions, photos, baseline forms and observation notes from eight centre visits and attendance at two showcase events.
Year 2 -10th / 11th and 17th / 18th July 2010