Fireworks, London (United Kingdom) 2015
75 first year BAISD students designed, curated and installed a fireworks display on the Rootstien Hopkins Parade Ground. The fireworks event was the highlight, and closing party of a year long series of events to celebrate Chelsea College of Arts 10 years at Millbank.
The event design and curation was inspired by rereading Bernard Tschumi’s ‘Fireworks 1974’ manifesto and an event staged at the Architectural Association in London, through which he first explored ideas on the relationship between space and event and space and time.
Client: Chelsea College of Arts, 10th Anniversary
Tutors: Shibboleth Shechter, Robin Jenkins, Francis Thorburn, Cyril Shing and Pete Maloney
Students: 2015-16 First Year BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design students, Chelsea College of Arts
Other Facilitators: George Blacklock (Dean of Chelsea College of Arts), Colin Priest (BA(Hons) Interior and Spatial Design Course Leader), Sian Stirling (CCW Director of External Relations), Kate Sedwell (CCW projects office), Abigail Dickinson (CCW Health & Safety Advisor), Kelly Palmer (CCW Business Manager: External Projects and Events), Chelsea College of Arts Estates team and Chelsea College of Arts 3D workshop staff.
Research Question: Fireworks is the third in a series of projects designed to introduce first year BA spatial design students to working at 1:1 scale; to increase the engagement of students and staff with the local community, including both the wider college community and the local resident and business community; to enhance participating students skills for working in a professional environment, particularly, working within a team and working with the professionals that were brought in to work on the project and to enhance student transferable skills, such as collaborative working skills, initiative, problem solving and personal responsibility at a very early and crucial stage in their career.