Occasionally Creative Royston works on a special project or event which may run during the festival or at another time in the year. Examples shown below were the ‘Tree of Light’ which was part of the 2015 festival and the ‘Heroes and Villains Day’ run in April 2015 and again in 2016.
We held our second Heroes & Villains day run in partnership with Royston Museum on 7th April and it was a great success. Last year over 150 people attended and it was because of that success we decided to run the event again. This year over 240 people came along to hear the Yarnsmith of Norwich spin his tales and paint their own hero or villain tile, supplied by Glazed Creations. We hope people will be inspired to explore the Royston Tile Trail around the town and find out about the famous heroes and villains from Royston’s past and present.
Leaflets showing the tile trail and explaining more about each of the characters are available from Royston Library and Royston Museum and here are some photos from 7th April.
The Tree of Light
Inspired by the theme of Illumination, Creative Royston commissioned Hertfordshire based artist Lorna Carmen McNeill to create a light installation with pupils and staff from seven Royston Schools. Over the course of six days Lorna worked with 350 children to create a hundreds of willow lanterns, garlands of flowers and a large willow tree sculpture. It was displayed for two nights at Royston Library during the first weekend of Royston Arts Festival 2015 (see also Home page).
Lorna who lives in Hertforshire and has worked for a range of light based projects and events said:
“Participating in the Creative Royston Festival was an inspiring, wonderful experience! ….I developed the idea of a Tree of Light as a structure and sculpture which would bring together and unify the work of the children of Royston. A series of fun workshops were developed according to the age group ranging from 7-14 year olds. It was a great joy installing the final beautiful creation made up of 350 children’s creative work in Royston Library and heart-warming to watch children coming up to the window with their parents to find and show them their individual creations.”
We wanted to highlight the Heroes and Villains Tile Trail which is displayed through-out the town and encourage people to explore the trail, on which they will see various characters from Royston’s past and present.
The day was a great success with over 150 people coming to do the mini trail in the Museum, make hero masks and listen to tales told by the Yarnsmith of Norwich.