Illuminate, Plymouth UK

From 24 to 26 November the Royal William Yard will be lit up with light installations, immersive visual art and light projections.
Illuminate, an event marking the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, has grown for 2017, and taken on a new location in Plymouth’s historic former victualling yard.
The main event will be on Friday 24 November with showings at: 6.15pm, 7.15pm and 8.15pm.
Crowds will have the chance to walk around and see some fantastic light installations and projections around the yard as well being entertained by music and a local DJ. Food stalls and a bar will also be open all evening.
The projections and music will end at 10pm. Free Entry however there will be an optional participatory element with a small charge of £2 per person.

Workshops: Ocean Studios

Mini Mapping (11 +)
Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November
10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm

Working alongside The Media Workshop, participants will create mini loop-able projection-mapped installations that will be displayed in various locations throughout Illuminate. Muybridge, zeotropes, flick-books and cinemagraphs will inform the development of short looped animations, which will be mapped onto selected locations.

Coding with Light Workshop (5+)
Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November
10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm

Using starter kits, participants will be taught how to connect wires and components to Arduino circuit boards. No soldering will be necessary as the wires are directly inserted into circuit blocks and boards. Participants will be taught to write and link code, creating a wide range of possibilities involving the use of LCD displays, light sensors and LEDs. No prior knowledge of coding is necessary but basic use of computers is recommended. All materials and equipment will be provided.

Reflective T-Shirt Printing Workshop (5+)
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November
10-12noon , 1 to 3pm, 3 to 5pm

During this fun workshop you will design and decorate your own reflective T-shirt using decorative textile techniques. You will be shown how to print using garment vinyl to create a reflective motif. Blank T-shirts will be provided, please wear closed toe shoes. No prior textiles experience is required.

Workshop Booking

Only £3 per person
Open to school groups and ideal for families with children 5+ years old.

School Groups
To book a school group email
Places are extremely limited and payment of £3 per child will be required upon booking.

Weekend workshops
Open on a first come first served basis – walk ins welcome; payment will be taken on the door.

01752 395028

It will also be possible to participate in the Arts Award. For more information about Arts Award please visit:


Barbican Theatre and Street Factory will be choreographing performances throughout the evening of  24 November.. They will use Xylobands to create a light performance which will involve the whole crowd.

There will be opportunities to take part throughout the evening with a small fee of £2.


Event Partners

Plymouth College of Art

Royal William Yard

Plymouth Culture

University of Plymouth

Real Ideas Organisation

Creative Partners


The Media Workshop

QED Productions

Euranim Project (PCA)

Romeo Echo Papa

Ocean Studios

City College Plymouth

Illuminate Sponsor

William Ward Associates


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