Weaving Light

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We are honoured Historic Coventry Trust and their partner Arup have asked us to research the creative potential of Electro-Luminescent (EL) wire ahead of a huge performance they are planning next year for Coventry City of Culture 2021.

What’s so special about EL wire? It is ideal for creative wok as it is thin and can be bent into any shape. And most importantly – there is no fire hazard as the wire does not heat up. As an art material it is also quite costly and well outside our budget but made possible through the generous partnership with Arup, a UK company that has played a central role in the design and development of many of the world’s outstanding cultural institutions.

At present Arty-Folks is running two weekly creative peer support groups, one online and one face-to-face for those who are seeking employment. Members of both groups will be exploring what can be achieved with EL and together create a piece of work that will be exhibited in the Anglican Chapel, Paxton’s Arboreum within London Road Cemetery during a community open day this December.

We are going to have so much fun with our members creating individual designs and a collective sculpture and put a funky glow into gloomy November days!

If you would like to give EL a go yourself visit Sparkfun.

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