Arts & Culture
Virtual Exhibition: Hats 400!
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If you know Nottinghamshire, then there is no doubt that you will know of Sherwood Forest. The woodland area is a National Nature Reserve, site of special scientific interest and a protected area of conservation.
Rebecca Smith of Urban Projections was commissioned by Inspire Youth Arts to created eight artworks based around the local flora of Sherwood Forest. Each piece would then be further enhanced by an additional Augmented Reality layer when viewed through a smart device. With additional funding secured from the Miner2Major project, the process began with a series of co-creation workshops with young people from the Mansfield and Nottinghamshire area.
In collaboration with local sculptor Phil Neal, the workshops saw the young people create sculptures of a particular flora, local to the Sherwood Forest area, from various recycled materials. Carefully constructed from corks, bottle tops and wood, these sculptures included artistic interpretations of an ox-eye daisy, a dandelion, foxgloves, a porcini mushroom and a tansy.
With help from Nottingham University's Mixed Reality Lab, each of the sculptures were painstakingly photographed and scanned to transform them into digital 3D models through the technique of photogrammetry. With the models created and scanned, the artworks on display in this exhibition were created.
Inspire Youth Arts (IYA) is a highly innovative multi-award-winning team with over 25 years of experience in the sector. We have developed our own unique and award-winning approach to delivering the arts, with children, young and disabled people at the heart of everything we do. We develop and deliver projects in Music, Dance and Digital working exclusively with professional artists.
Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries is a proud delivery partner on a fantastic scheme called Miner2Major: The Real Sherwood Forest. The scheme, which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, celebrates the important habitats, special species and rich heritage of Sherwood Forest, and encourages local communities to get involved through a fantastic range of free courses, volunteering opportunities, projects and activities aimed at learning about, celebrating and conserving Nottinghamshire's heritage.
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