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Official press release: LightTAG launched at BFI London

An exhibition of ‘light graffiti’ created by disadvantaged youths from across the South East has gone on display at London’s BFI.

LightTAG was launched at a special event on Friday 11 February 2011 and the will remain in the capital until 17 February when it will begin a tour of galleries in Hampshire, Kent and Surrey.

The project, which was led by visual artist Tine Bech, from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), and scientist Dr Kathryn Harkup, of the University of Surrey, aimed to give young people the opportunity to explore youth culture – and challenge society’s perception of it – through the science and art of light.

Participants at the workshops in Southampton, Staines, Farnham, Guildford, Hounslow and Canterbury learned how coloured LEDs could be used to create vibrant pieces of art and animations through an innovative camera technique.

Tine Bech said: “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to LightTAG from the young people we worked with and their families and the arts and science communities nationwide.

“We are very proud of the youngsters for producing such fantastic work and it goes to show what can be made if they are given the opportunity to take part in special projects like this.”

LightTAG is a collaboration between UCA, the University of Surrey and the South East Physics Network (SEPnet). LightTAG worked with groups of young people who are either: care leavers; disabled; not in education; employment or training and who live within reach of SEPnet universities.

The project has enabled 62 young people from six communities to build confidence and achievement through a unique science and media art collaboration.

Dr Kathryn Harkup said: “Youngsters from disadvantaged areas don’t normally receive opportunities like this, so it has been great for them to visit a local university, learn from scientists and artists and then create quality pieces of work.

“It’s also been fantastic to have some of the kids come up to me with their own cameras asking how they can make more LightTAGs and continue this project at home with their friends.”

Petra-Marie Clarke, 16, who took part in the Canterbury workshop and attended via Kent & Medway Connexions, said: “It’s surreal to have my work on show at the BFI in London – it’s a big achievement for me. LightTAG has given me a big confidence boost as I now know that my artwork is good enough to be shown in a gallery.”

Ant Smith, 14, from Stanwell-based NACRO attended LightTAG workshops at UCA Farnham, said: “I used to draw all the time but I gave up because I didn’t think that any of it would ever get shown in an art gallery but since signing up to the art course at NACRO I’ve been able to do LightTAG and now I’m in a gallery, which is brilliant.”

Tyron Prentice, 17, from the Eastpoint Youth Centre in Southampton, said: “I’d never been to a university before this and thought it was just full of rich kids walking around, but after doing LightTAG there I realised that they’re all normal and now I’m thinking about going to university and doing a Video Games course which I would never have thought about doing before.”

Aiden Relph, 17, from Southampton, said: “I got Fs in science at school but I found it much easier to learn with this project because they went through it step-by-step and it was fun – and when something’s fun you want to keep on doing it.”

LightTAG begins its tour of the South East at the James Hockey & Foyer Gallery at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham from 21 February to 5 March. Entrance is free.

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Official press release: LightTAG opening BFI Southbank – January 2011

See youth culture in a different light

A unique ‘light graffiti’ exhibition, which has been created entirely by disadvantaged youths from across the South East, will be showcased at the BFI on London’s Southbank next month.

Led by visual artist, Tine Bech, from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), and scientist Dr Kathryn Harkup, of the University of Surrey, young people from Hampshire, Kent and Surrey have been discovering a new way to explore youth culture – and challenge society’s perception of it – through the science and art of light.

The LightTAG project offered workshops in Southampton, Staines, Farnham, Guildford, Hounslow and Canterbury where participants were taught how coloured LED lights could create light drawings and animations through an innovative camera technique to produce vibrant pieces of art.

The scheme will reach its climax at a launch event at the BFI on 11 February 2011 before beginning a tour of galleries in the South East.

Tine Bech said: “LightTAG has been a fantastic experience for everybody involved. The young people who participated have created a really visually engaging project.

“One of the project goals is to show youth culture in a positive light and increase the visibility of young peoples’ voices, which I think we’ve achieved.”

LightTAG is a collaboration between UCA, the University of Surrey and the South East Physics Network (SEPnet). LightTAG worked with groups of young people who are either: care leavers; disabled; not in education; employment or training and who live within reach of SEPnet universities.

The project has enabled over 55 young people from six communities to build confidence and achievement through a unique science and media art collaboration.

Tine added: “We often forget that universities don’t just award degrees but connect with communities, with businesses and in this case with young people. We are not an exclusive community for the few, but engaging with society in many innovation ways – LightTAG is just one of them.”

Young people and the public will also have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities on the 12February, including an LED Throwie event at 5pm that will see hundreds of LEDs light up London’s skyline.

For more information visit: www.lighttag.wordpress.com; www.twitter.com/lighttag or search “LightTAG” on Facebook.

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For more information contact:

Clare Kelly, LightTAG,

E: ckelly.t1@ucreative.ac.uk

David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA

T: 01252 892939

E: dreilly@ucreative.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

Members of the press are invited to the launch event at the BFI on 11 February 2011 at 4.30pm where they will be able to meet the youngsters and organisers involved in the project and make an LED Throwie.

The LED Throwie spectacle will take place on 12 February at 5pm. Please contact Clare Kelly to confirm attendance or to request an interview ahead of the launch.

Each LightTAG workshop was run by an artist; an UCA media student; a scientist and a physics student whose role is to train the participants in digital photography, the art of light drawings and to provide an understanding of the science behind light graffiti. All creative output of the project is owned by, and accredited to the participants.

The project, which was awarded £80,000 in total, has been funded by University for the Creative Arts Widening Participation department, University of Surrey Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Mediabox and SEPnet.

The University for the Creative Arts has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester and is one of Europe’s largest specialist Universities of art, design, architecture, media and communication. With around 7,000 students studying on a wide range of well-established courses, potential graphic designers’ work alongside budding journalists and pioneering fashion designers in a highly creative environment.

The University of Surrey is an international university with a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It offers students a unique combination of high academic standards, employment success and a prime location in beautiful surroundings, yet with ease of access to London. The university offers a wide range of outreach activities for local schools and colleges as well as community groups.

SEPnet (South East Physics Network) is a consortium of seven partner physics departments at the Universities of Kent, Portsmouth, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, Southampton, Surrey and Sussex working together to promote excellence in Physics, supported by a five-year HEFCE grant of £12.5m.

SEPnet Outreach aims to bring the excitement, innovation and knowledge of Physics to students, teachers and the public. Through events and activities delivered both jointly and by each of the partners, SEPnet will provide unprecedented access to and promotion of Physics in the South East.

Mediabox enables young people to create media projects and get their voices heard. It has given disadvantaged 13-19 year olds, and up to 25 if they have learning difficulties or disabilities, living in England the opportunity to create media projects about issues that matter to them, from film and journalism to digital media and campaigns. Mediabox is delivered by a consortium led by First Light and Media Trust in partnership with Skillset an

d the UK Film Council. Over 17,000 young people have benefited from the scheme since it was launched in 2006.

LightTAG is proud to be part of the BFI Future Film Festival on 12-13 February. Now in its 4th year, the weekend is programmed exclusively for 15-25 year olds and encourages those with an interest in film to get an insight into the industry – and to get involved.

To download the press pack, including high resolution images, please visit:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/92753/LightTAG%20opening%20press%20pack.zip

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Official press release: Project wins funding – June 2010

PROJECT WINS FUNDING TO HELP SHOW YOUNGSTERS THE LIGHT

An exciting arts and science project led by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has received a £30,000 grant to get disadvantaged young people in the South East interested in Physics.

LightTAG aims to engage, empower and educate groups of 16 to 19-year-olds through a series of workshops where they will learn how to create ‘light graffiti’ photographs and animations.

Project co-ordinator, Tine Bech, said: “LightTAG is a fun, educational project which brings science and art together. The colourful LED graffiti really captures young people’s imaginations and it makes the science behind the art easier for them to relate to.

“We hope the workshops enable participants to express themselves creatively, build their confidence and offer them a sense of achievement when they see what they have created.”

The unique light graffiti is made using an innovative camera technique and different coloured LEDs – a video explanation can be found here:
http://www.tinebech.com/interactive/artsandscience.html

The project, which is costing £80,000 in total, is funded by SEPnet (South East Physics Network), UCA and the University of Surrey. It will focus on six communities in the South East which contain a high number of disadvantaged young people.

These groups will be provided with a series of skills workshops over a four-day period where they will learn the technology and processes involved in creating the light drawing and animations. They will then create a high-profile, visually engaging piece of art, which challenges common assumptions about media, science and youth culture.

Charlotte Thorley, Director of Outreach at SEPnet, said: “LightTag is a fantastic opportunity for us to engage with new audiences as it will touch both the youth groups and the communities they live in.

“Physics is intrinsic to all the techniques used during the project, but isn’t all about intense equations and maths. We want to provide a better understanding of the way the world works.”

The project will culminate in a large celebratory event for all the participants, their family and friends, at the BFI Southbank. The exhibition will then tour all the Universities involved.

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For more information contact:

David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA
T: 01252 892939
E: dreilly@ucreative.ac.uk

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