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Tectonic event created for Deaf audiences in Doncaster

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The following press release might of interest to some colleagues in the Doncaster area:

Doncaster Minister is set to be turned into an audio-visual experience for Deaf people for six days in November.

The centre piece of this year’s DN Festival will be an audio-visual piece called ‘Tectonic’, bespoke to Doncaster Minster that uses 3-D mapping and projection techniques.

Tectonic, using the light projections will be a totally immersive experience covering the ceiling and walls of the iconic Minister building. Created by NOVAK, working with artist Ed Carter, and commissioned by Right Up Our Street, the piece aims to encourage Yorkshire’s Deaf community to experience and get more involved in the arts.

NOVAK is a creative studio producing innovative and ambitious art and design projects, specialising in motion design and immersive experiences, encompassing projection mapping, art and museum installations, stage visuals for music artists and video accompaniments for theatre and dance performances.

Sally Lockey, project director at Right Up Our Street said: “We are so excited to be bringing this bespoke event to Doncaster.

“We’ve worked closely with Doncaster Deaf Trust and Communication Specialist College Doncaster to develop an event that their Deaf students, staff and their families will all be able to enjoy.”

The event, which runs from November 22 to November 27, will be an exciting experience for all visitors.

“Normally people think about accessibility for Deaf people after events have been developed.

“This event has been developed with Deaf people at the forefront of our minds. It will be accessible and enjoyable for all audiences, hearing or Deaf.

“Using 3D mapping and projection techniques visitors to the Minster will be immersed in this light led experience covering the ceiling and walls of the iconic building,” added Sally.

There will be a special performance event on Saturday 23 November when Deaf poet Raymond Antrobus who won the Ted Hughes award for Poetry in 2018, will perform alongside local writers.

That will be followed by a totally unique performance by Deaf Explorer dance artist Billy Read, titled, “We are the Revolution”. It’s a work in progress in collaboration with Ariel Fung (Deaf street dancer from Hong Kong) and Deborah Pugh, movement director.

Billy and his team will transform the Minster into a night club and create an atmosphere for their street dance performance.

Students at Communication Specialist College can’t wait for the event, they said: “It is a good opportunity for everyone to take part,” and “It is a really good idea.”

Last year Right Up Our Street brought Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon to Doncaster Minster and more than16,000 people

The launch night will see a spectacular DN Light Night event with installations outside of the Minster

The Light Night, running from 5pm-9pm on Friday 22 November, will officially launch the Festival and, for that night only, will also include a variety of light installations as Right Up Our Street started a Spacehive crowdfunding campaign, which has been hugely supported by people and businesses from the local community, the success of this has resulted in them programming outdoor lightworks from Travelling Light Circus and Impossible Arts, which will be placed outside the Minister, Only 2,000 tickets are available for this launch night. They are free but need to be booked in advance by visiting:

‘Tectonic’ will then be open to the public on Saturday 23 November from 8pm-10pm and then on Sunday 24 – Wednesday 27 November from 4pm-9pm. Tickets are not needed for these sessions.

Tickets for the poetry and dance performance evening on the 23rd November are available from November 4 by visiting: https://dnpulse.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information, please visit www.rightupourstreet.org.uk.

The feature image is of The ‘Tectonic’ light installation which is due to be in Doncaster Minster from 22-27 November (Lead image) and the image below is of Steve Newby Beating Heart for Light Night.


To learn more about Deaf Explorer, an organisation which aims to break down barriers so more Deaf people are confident to take artistic leadership roles. Follow this link  www.deafexplorer.com