UK School Games opening ceremony and creative programme

Curating and producing a series of large scale commissions to celebrate the UK School Games 2010, including the programme for the outdoor opening ceremony, hosted at Gateshead International Stadium.

With a focus on light, sound and interactive work, the running track was transformed into a stage for the athletes' procession, animating the experience for participants and the audience (Waves by Mehmet Akten). The closing piece (by Mira Calix and UVA) used the entire stadium, placing LED panels and lighting across the arena's sports surfaces, to stunning effect.
The wider programme also featured work by John O'Shea and Culture Lab.

Ed Carter - lead curator / co-producer
Tom Higham - lead producer / co-curator
Marian Downes - event production

Newcastle-Gateshead Initiative

Documentary film:

Waves by Mehmet Akten Photo Steven Aitchison

By UVA + Mira Calix Photo Steven Aitchison