Imagine.

Make.

Inspire.

Images of this years Festival of Imagineers

Read Jo Trowsdale’s review of the festival here.

Just lovely…

Atmosphere in pool was just lovely – a time out of time. Normal rules didn’t quite apply & people could speak to strangers. Thank you!

Wonderful, unusual and imaginative…

Wonderful, unusual and imaginative events. Loved the moon in the pool and the cathedral, the man in the bucket-boat with his own cloud sail, The Emperor of Cardbordia and the magical Winters Tale. A fantastic week. Art for free. Cov’s the place. Thanks Imagineers.

Just loved it…

The Winters Tale was fantastic despite the rain-just loved it. Huge congratulations to all involved.

Fantastic performance…

Fantastic performance! Especially on Saturday in heavy rain! Thanks to all the performers and crew who made it possible and to Imagineer!

Brilliant…

It was brilliant, thank you for all your hard work organising it, we are very lucky to have you working and creating in our city.

Weird and fabulous…

Absolutely stunning, weird & fabulous evening/week in Coventry. Well done Imagineer  we are so lucky to have you local to us. Rain didn’t matter!

Mesmerising and beautiful…

Dramatic, mesmerising and beautiful.  Museum of the Moon, Moonlight Medley at Coventry Cathedral was Amazing. Congratulations Imagineer! 

Festival of Imagineers Team

The Festival of Imagineers is led by Imagineer’s CEO Jane Hytch in partnership with the festival founder and director Claire Maddocks and a skilled team of freelance producers.

Jane Hytch
CEO of Imagineer Productions
Currently CEO of Imagineer Productions, previously Associate Producer Belgrade Theatre for 17 years, developing the theatre’s relationship with local independent theatre companies e.g. Talking Birds, Theatre Absolute, The Shysters and Open Theatre, Highly Sprung Performance Company , Shaskeen Theatre Co; developing Arts Alive, a local national and international theatre festival working with many leading European outdoor theatre companies, producing 2000,2003,2006 productions of The Mystery Plays and a number of studio, main house touring and outdoor site specific productions. Beginning career through forming and running Worcester Arts Workshop a community Arts Centre in Worcester producing numerous community plays and large scale outdoor projects
Claire Maddocks
Festival Director
Claire is founder and former director of Imagineer Productions and currently works on a freelance basis to deliver the vision and programme for the Festival of Imagineers as well as working as a freelance consultant and producer for other regional organisations. Prior to working for Imagineer Claire worked in a variety of roles at the Belgrade Theatre as Programme Manager, Community Department Manager, founder and Director of the Arts Alive Festival – a festival of new writing and large-scale international outdoor work, during this period she was also Secretary for the Independent Street Arts Network (ISAN).
Lou Lomas
Creative Producer
Lou is an Independent Outdoor Producer, producing work for the Outdoors and alternative theatre spaces. Lou is based in Coventry and is passionate about the development of Outdoor work in the region and supporting companies working in Street Arts and Outdoor Sector. Lou has worked with Talking Birds Theatre Company for the past six years as a Freelance Producer, Project manager, she is a Tour booker for companies regionally and nationally having worked with: Appetite Stoke (The Kitchen Programme), Making More Outdoor Arts, Imagineer Productions, Pif-Paf, The Bone Ensemble, Everybody Dance, Theatre Absolute, The Fabularium, and many more. She is also the Associate producer for the Festival of Imagineers, and a HPL lecturer at Coventry University. Lou is currently working as the Advanced Events Producer for the Coventry City of Culture bid 2021
Anne Forgan
Anne is a producer of projects and things. She loves to make things, work with makers and encourage people to explore their own making abilities through projects and events. She has been working with Imagineer since its formation and has enjoyed contributing to the Festival of Imagineers programming; finding unusual engineers and artists to inspire and amaze audiences.
Dave Long
Dave works as a Partner and Relationship Development Manager. His major responsibility surrounds Business Engagement but, this being Imagineer, finds the role much more diverse than merely talking to companies about galvanising their support for the company. Dave is able to link private sector companies such as Premier Group Engineering, Arup and IDP Group are linked to Moat House, Willenhall Primary and Holy Family schools as well as organisations such as the Heart of England Community Foundation, Coventry City Council, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and both local universities – all for mutual benefit with Imagineer Productions

About Imagineer

Imagineer is a live events production company, specialising in theatre and outdoor performance, education programmes, special commissions and touring. At the heart of our work is an exploration of the relationship between creative thinkers and innovators from the arts sector and creative engineers, architects, educationalists, special effects artists and designers.

The Team

Artists Taking the Lead. WEST MIDLANDS: Godiva Awakes, Imagineer Productions. Coventry icon Lady Godiva will be recreated as a gigantic human puppet and lead a cast of thousands in a spectacular processional performance, before making her epic journey to London.

Jane Hytch CEO, Kathi Leahy Associate Creative Director, Claire Maddocks Festival Director, Andrea Simpson, Executive Director.

Jane Hytch

Head of Community Belgrade Theatre, Associate Producer Belgrade Theatre, Director Worcester Arts Workshop, Chair C@T, Director Imagineer Productions, Creative Producer for ‘Something This Way Wicked Comes’, The Mysteries 2000,2003,2006 (Belgrade Theatre), ‘Chasing Fate’ (Birmingham Hippodrome), Godiva Awakes (Imagineer), Worcestershire Woman of the Year.

Claire Maddocks

25 years experience in the arts, Programme Manager BelgradeTheatre, founder of Coventry Arts Alive Festival, Secretary of ISAN, Director and Creative Producer of Imagineer Productions.

Kathi Leahy

Irish Post Award Recipient (1998) Arts Council Fellowship Recipient (2005) Revived Coventry Carnival (now Godiva Carnival) in 2000.Creator/Director numerous theatre & outdoor productions including all the major events/ productions for Imagineer to date.

Andrea Simpson

Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) who trained and practised in the commercial sector before moving into the public sector, joining Belgrade Theatre as Head of Finance in 2000. Full time Finance Director for Imagineer since 2009.

 

Projects

Festival of Imagineers 2017

Festival of Imagineers 2017

At the core of Imagineers work lies the Festival of Imagineers, a week-long festival celebrating innovation, linking art design and engineering and acting as a catalyst for new creative work at the intersection of art and engineering. FOI works with creative thinkers and innovators locally, nationally and internationally to create a unique festival of outdoor/site specific performance and interactive experiences, outdoors, indoors and in unusual spaces.

The festival aims to develop a new relationship with audiences offering people access to hidden spaces, engaging the public as creative collaborators, influencing the development of performances and productions at R&D and concept development stage, making stage and finally as audiences and critics, as projects are realised.

The festival draws on Coventry’s heritage in design and manufacture and focuses on:

  • creating world class outdoor productions through international and national collaborations
  • commissioning local artists to tell the city’s stories and reveal hidden spaces
  • growing and inspiring imagineers of the future
  • connecting young people and communities to their heritage through new technologies
  • creative partnerships with businesses to develop narrative performance and interactive experiences, nurturing unique collaborations with engineers, manufacturers, designers and architects
  • projects to engage and unify isolated and fragmented communities
  • transforming city spaces through site specific performances and installation

Festival of Imagineers 2017

Imagine Make Inspire

25th ~ 30th September

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above for programmes.

 

 

Festival of Imagineers – The Future 

Over the next 5 years Imagineer has ambitious plans to build the FOI into a major international festival in 2021 where people will come together to imagine the impossible and wonder at the extraordinary creations at the intersection of engineering and art.

 

Transformations 3

Transformations 3

We have had a fantastic year working with 15 young people aged 18-25 on a series of outdoor installations and performances performed in and around Coventry on Saturday July 1st. Many of them have found pathways into future training for careers in the creative sector, develop confidence and skill, worked together in production teams and feel a real sense of pride.

Transformations 4 is now underway and is a collaboration with Media Mania, Imagineer and Wild Earth. This project is for young people who are not in employment education or training  aged 18-25 years and we are happy to engage new people to the project as it develops . For further information please contact Bethany Allum – beth@imagineerproductions.co.uk

Transformations 5 will begin recruiting in November 2017 for a project taking place December – March 2018.

 

 

 

 

The Imagineerium Initiative

The Imagineerium Initiative

Imagineer has worked with 5 Coventry Primary Schools this year: Whitmore Park, St Barts, Corpus Christie, Moathouse, Holy Family, on The Marvellous Mechanical Machines Project funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Medwell Hyde, The Premier Group and John Haynes and in partnership with Warwick University. This is a Science technology engineering arts and maths (STEAM) project where children and teachers work on an authentic commission with professional engineers and artists.

We are currently recruiting for 5 new primary schools to take part in 2018 and 2019. Please contact Jane Hytch – jane@imagineerproductions.co.uk or contact us for further information.

Marvellous Mechanical Machines Commission

To imagine and create designs for marvellous moving mechanical machines. These machines will form a Waymarker Arts Trail along a new cycle path to be created as part of a new Charterhouse Heritage Park. The machines will be inspired by and reflect the history and heritage of Stoke and the Charterhouse area of Coventry. There is a wealth of history and heritage to draw on including people, places, events and changing industry running from the 1300’s when the Charterhouse was started, up to the present day.

The machines need to be surprising, unique, fun and engaging – appealing to all ages. Machines will be located in specific places near to the new cycle track. The machines will be powered to ‘come alive’ for a couple of magical minutes.

 

Projects, commissions and touring

Projects, commissions and touring

Imagineer works with other creative organisations, local authorities, festival and event producers and businesses on new projects which excite us and where we have opportunities to pass on our skills and expertise.

Recent projects include:

  • The MOTHS project (Museums on the High Street) with Worcestershire Museums Service (2014)
  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the RSC – Shakespeare’s birthday celebration the peoples procession (2015)
  • Birmingham Cathedral and Birmingham City Council – War Bride with Birmingham and Frankfurt choir (2015)
  • Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon Council, Northern Ireland – Feasibility study into the creation of a new giant, the goddess Macha and festival as part of a major tourism initiative (2015/16)
  • REACH commissioned by Coventry City of Culture Trust for The Godiva Festival (2016) created by Kathi Leahy.
  • Daimler The War Years (September 2016) the first site specific performance to take place inside Daimler Powerhouse looking at the role the factory and its workers had during WW1. The project was researched, written and directed by Kathi Leahy in collaboration with Transformations 2 project and performed by a professional and community cast. This project was funded by Talent Match and The Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Operation Migration. Working in partnership with Students from BOA, Allens Croft Primary School, Nelson Mandela Primary School & Sacred Heart Primary School presents the beautiful and true story of one man’s extraordinary endeavour to teach a gaggle of orphaned geese to fly and to follow his ultra light aircraft on a successful migration. William Lishman, ‘Father Goose’ is an award winning inventor, sculptor, film maker and naturalist recipient of the ‘Us National Wildlife Federation Award’ and ‘Odyssey of the Mind’ Award for Creativity ( former recipients include Walt Disney and Neil Armstrong) and his heart warming story will be brought to life through a visual feast of puppetry, dance, and inventive design.  Created and directed by Kathi Leahy with production designs, costumes and construction by Brenda Buis and John Leahy in collaboration with Monday Night Makers and apprentices at The Premier Group. This project was commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome as pa of The Summer at Southside Festival (June 2017)

War Bride

A dynamic visual and physical performance to an emotive underscore and voice over.

The War Bride costume is symbolic –  A long train covered in letters, poppies and photos of soldiers. The costume dramatically transforms into a giant poppy during the performance. The War Bride stands silently as a monument to War. Two young ‘pals’answer the call of recruitment and  volunteer together, train together, and journey together to the theatre of War. Out of the silence the sound of a whistle and a day that will change their lives forever.

A story of love, loss, comradeship and ultimately hope.

Costume Designed and Created by Anna Lewis

Created and directed by Kathi Leahy – Imagineer Productions

             

Currently Touring

  • Godiva
  • Reach
  • Winters tale will be available for touring from summer 2017

Coming soon.

Halloween 2017 (Saturday October  – Imagineer is currently working in partnership with The Coventry Bid to develop a new large scale outdoor event in Broadgate Square following the  success last year where thousands of people watched and took part. To take part please contact Kathi Leahy – Kathi@imagineerproductions.co.uk  More information about the programme will be announced in early October.

Please contact Imagineer Productions directly for more information here.

The Daimler Powerhouse

The Daimler Powerhouse

Imagineer are currently putting together a funding package to support the refurbishment of our existing production workshop, the Daimler Powerhouse. Our ambition is to transform it into the region’s first dedicated centre of excellence for creating, commissioning, and co-producing new outdoor work and innovative engagement projects.

The Powerhouse will be the hub of  Imagineer’s creative work and will provide an outward looking, flexible production space, a vital resource for local, regional and national street artists, cementing Imagineer’s role as a key strategic player in the development of the outdoor sector and enabling us to attract world class practitioners to the region.

The scheme will provide a greatly improved facility that is fully accessible, sustainable, energy and cost efficient and environmentally friendly. The redeveloped building will incorporate:

  • A large, flexible, open space on the ground floor suitable for making and rehearsing large scale outdoor performances
  • Offices and meeting rooms
  • Facilities for aerial training and rehearsals
  • Rigging points for lighting, projection and sound
  • A second smaller first floor rehearsal/workshop space
  • Smaller making, training and meeting room spaces
  • A digital facility for virtual and experiential learning aimed principally at primary education

The powerhouse will be the hub of Imagineers creative work and will provide an outward looking, flexible production space, a vital resource for regional and national street artists, cementing Imagineer’s role as a key strategic player in the development of the outdoor sector, improving the experience for artists and enabling us to attract world class practitioners to the region.

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