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The Route and Artists

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a - Mechombre Fugue

A composition of sound and light, with mechanical sound machines shifting in size and perspective creating subtle and dramatic moving images, morphing into a bandstand ball.

Artists - Mark Anderson & Liam Walsh

Mark Anderson and Liam Walsh began working together over 10 years ago. Anderson's career spans 40 years during which time he has developed and been involved in numerous National and International projects. He is an associate artist of Oxford Contemporary Music. Recent projects include PowerPlantFurious Folly and For The Birds. Walsh has worked alongside Anderson on these and others projects. Mechombre Fugue is a major new piece of work for the Inventors Ball which reflects and expands on their experimental and investigative working process.

b - The Wandering Mind of Ursula Wailes

At the turn of the 20th century, maverick Victorian scientist Ursula Wailes disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Now she’s back to reveal what really happened on the night of her grand Inventors’ Ball in 1899 and what she’s been doing ever since in the grounds of Gateshead’s Saltwell Park.

Artists - Davy & Kristin McGuire in collaboration with Richard Hurford

The McGuires head an award winning creative studio that design unique visual experiences through art installations and theatrical projects. As well as creating bespoke projects for cultural institutions and brands, they produce and sell their own works through international galleries.
Davy and Kristin‘s hybrid art works are delicate, filigree fantasies built with fragile materials that are momentarily brought to life through digital projections and silent storytelling.

Davy’s background is in theatre and film whereas Kristin has trained as a dancer who has performed with many international companies including Cirque du Soleil, she is currently a dancer with the Mark Bruce Company.

c - Lightning Strikes at Enchanted Parks

See Saltwell Towers in a new light. Watch various electrical effects around the facade of the building. Electric arcs crackle and spark, Jacob’s Ladders rise up the tower, and of course there’ll be lightning!

Artist - Seb Lee-Delise

Seb Lee-Delise is a digital artist and speaker who specialises in large scale interactive light installations. 

His work is a celebration of technology that encourages interaction and playfulness from the public. Drawing on his previous experience as a game programmer, he works with electronics, lasers and high-power projectors to bring his artworks to life. Notable projects include Laser Light Synths, super bright bespoke synthesisers with laser visuals for the public to play, and PixelPyros, the Arts Council funded digital fireworks display that toured nationwide in 2013. 

d - Seeds of Knowledge (Sunderland University student commission)

Representing knowledge, 141 ceramic acorns, one for each year Ursula’s park has been open.

Artist - Helen Gallagher-Logan

Helen is currently studying at the National Glass Centre with Sunderland University and undertook previous study in Interior Design. Helen finds her inspiration walking in the countryside and in works of fantasy.

e - Intrude

Very large inflatable white rabbits, illuminated in stark white light, appear to be quite at home in their new patch. They represent cute fairytale animals from our childhood but reveal a more serious environmental message.

Artist - Parer Studios

Parer Studio’s edgy and ephemeral artworks explore the natural world. Its fragility and our role within it. With startlingly beautiful creatures enlarged and frozen within their chosen habitats the environmental message is enhanced by the artist’s finely crafted technique in any of her chosen mediums such as public installation, painting or sculpture. The principal creative, Amanda Parer is originally from Sydney but now resides in Tasmania. The studio’s work has been displayed in major international public art museums such as the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Memphis Museum of Art and continues to attract major art commissions such as from Starfield hanam, South Korea, Unilever and Brookfield International where her works embarked on a major US and European tours of their keystone properties.

Safe passage for this installation was kindly provided by DFDS

f - The Shipping Forecast

Explore the large waving light field of tall, colour changing stems. They change hue as the wind speed increases, or as you move through them…

Artist - Peter Johnson

g - Ursula Lassos the Moon

Could this be where Ursula has been for so long? Her unwavering optimism has ensured her return and somehow she has also managed to ingeniously capture the Moon to dazzle everyone at the 2017 Inventors’ Ball.

Artist - Lucy McDonnell, Studio Vertigo

You can't always trust what you see. Occasionally something catches your eye and there are more questions than answers. It could be something small or a dazzling spectacle, but it's presence is often compelling. We are fascinated by this. At Studio Vertigo we manipulate materials to create objects that contradict and obscure our sense of what is real. We like to think that even brief moments of questioning open up a space of possibility. A space that has the potential to be transformative; connecting objects, viewers and space together in that moment.

h - The Apothecarist’s Garden

A herbalist’s garden of wonder. A place where ancient wisdom and outlandish and bold experimentation have combined to produce enormous illuminated plants, full of healing and other mind-blowing properties. 

Artist - Lantern Company

The Lantern Company create amazing and memorable events, day and night. We delight in giving you the thrill of experiencing something mysterious, beautiful and absurd, often all at the same time!

i - The Extraordinary Pinery of Percival P

Percival P has brought his most unusual breed of Pineapple to Saltwell Park for the esteemed Inventors’ Ball. These magical fruits grow by moonlight and have very particular tastes in music…

Artists - Imogen Cloët & Katie Doherty

Imogen Cloët is an award winning designer and visual artist based in Newcastle. She has worked nationally and internationally in site-specific installation, theatre and film. Her work is based on intensive research, immersing herself in the many stories a site will contain to create detailed, multilayered pieces that surprise and intrigue. In the last decade, Imogen has created a body of work that responds directly to heritage spaces. She has undertaken individual artist's commissions for places that include Belsay Hall, Segadunum, Lindisfarne Castle, Seaton Delaval Hall, The Tyneside Cinema, Cragside and Enchanted Parks. Imogen has created sets and costumes for theatre companies, including Northern Stage, Live Theatre, Leicester Haymarket, Bath Theatre Royal, The Gate, Unfolding Theatre, New Writing North. Imogen is an associate artist of November Club. 

Katie Doherty is an award-winning singer-song writer and composer for theatre. She has toured nationally and internationally, performing alongside Nitin Sawhney, Kathryn Tickell and Karine Polwart amongst others. As a composer for theatre Katie has worked under the direction of Samuel West in the RSC production of As You Like It. She has written songs and music for five highly acclaimed shows for under 6's and their families at Northern Stage. Recent productions include The Fall, written by Lilia Rubin and directed by Jane Arnfield, Five Legs by Theatre Cap- a-Pie and Beyond the End of The Road by November Club.

j - Night Creatures

After dark, these shy creatures can be seen lurking in secret places along the quieter paths and hedgerows of the Park. Spot them if you can…

Artist - Lantern Company

The Lantern Company create amazing and memorable events, day and night. We delight in giving you the thrill of experiencing something mysterious, beautiful and absurd, often all at the same time!

k - The Animal Menagerie

Join in the Enchanted Ball! Watch Ursula’s string quartet of animals playing by the waterfall, play with the enchanted mushrooms and glowing bird and watch fairies and sprites dance through the trees.

Artist - Arcus Animation Studios

Arcus Studios are a multi award winning animation studio based in Gateshead’s Northern Design Centre, and more recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Arcus have produced numerous commissions for broadcast on CBBC, E4 and Channel 4, as-well as animation in games and interactive for Oculus and Sega releases and innovative indie mobile applications. Arcus are the bench-mark high end animation supplier for Macmillan Education, have built up a glowing reputation for their educational animation work with BBC Learning and continue to produce advertising projects for national and regional clients.

l - Flowers for Ursula (Sunderland University student commission)

These exotic flowers are the ghosts of Ursula’s discoveries.

Artist - Georgia Olivo

Georgia is in her second year of studying Glass and Ceramics at the University of Sunderland and primarily works in hot glass where she experiments with glass sculpting.

m - Spirit of the Cyclone

Recite the magic formula out loud, to see if you can evoke the Spirit of the Cyclone. Is it the spirit of Ursula, or another more malevolent apparition? Spirit of the Cyclone will take place at 15 minute intervals - watch the countdown clock and wait for the next whirlwind! Spirit of the Cyclone has been adapted for Enchanted Parks from Periplum’s commissioned show 7 Alleys as part of Land of Green Ginger for Hull City of Culture 2017.

Artists - Periplum with pyrotechnics by Lightfires

Periplum produce ground-breaking site-responsive & outdoor theatre performance, making work that is narrative-led and content-driven while bringing the intimacy of human drama into shows of a spectacular scale.

In collaboration with composers, designers, engineers & pyrotechnicians, the company deliver highly visual, socially significant and emotionally explosive work for all the senses. The company produce large and mid-scale touring productions for festivals, and also specialise in heritage, participatory & educational projects, creating unique location-specific events.

Formed in 1999 by Artistic Directors Claire Raftery and Damian Wright, Periplum place equal emphasis on all elements of performance – innovative visual design, original text, specially commissioned music & quality acting. We explore dynamic staging that responds to & visually transforms environments, offering an intense & interactive experience through 360 degree surround performance and promenading formats.

Lighting Designer

Artist - Johnny Goodwin

Johnny’s approach is to light the route in sympathy with the artwork whilst bringing out the splendour of Saltwell Park. We hope visitors feel comfortable on their journey and the lighting guides and accompanies them at all times.

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