On Saturday 19 March 2016, the Art students from Hillview took part in the final of a national creative lighting competition at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance against six other teams with a remit to light architectural sites around the Sidcup campus. The team competition ‘Junior Ready Steady Light’ is for students aged 13 to 25 years.
As well as being the only all-girl group, our talented students (Roseanne Eames, Rachael Garaty, Heather Maxwell, Hollie Rabbitt and Ciara Spencer) were also the youngest participants. The girls spent the day at the College where they were introduced to lighting concepts and techniques by internationally renowned architectural and theatrical lighting designers.
The young lighting designers were given a tour of the college and were introduced to the sites that they were to light. Each site had an interesting brief which allowed for creative interpretation and exploration of ideas. The catch was that students were limited to six lights of different types and so they quickly had to experiment with what each light could achieve. The team worked perfectly together and developed a concept that explored the idea of a journey through the seasons enhancing the natural structures and colours and textures of the trees and grass contrasted with the texture of the path. The group took it in turns to explain different aspects of their design to the Judges who were really impressed with the strong creative concept that had been devised.
It was ‘an amazing jaw dropping moment’ (the girls) when Hillview were announced as the winners. They really did not expect to win against such experienced opposition but win it they did…And the prize? As well as winning a lighting design book and a classy glass trophy they are going on to light the exterior of the National Theatre in London in April.
Dr Kathrine Sandys, Lecture at Rose Bruford College, said ‘I just wanted to say a massive congratulations to your group of wonderful and inspiring young women who won Ready, Steady, Light on Saturday. I felt so proud of them and can’t wait to see their next work.’
The Ready Steady Light competition is created in partnership with the Society of Light & Lighting. The event is annually sponsored by a number of industry specialist such as Philips, Whitelight and LEE Filters among others.