Leeds College of Art students create animations for Christmas in Leeds trail

Christmas in Leeds is an exciting trail of 15 art, light and magic installations in the city which launched on 1 December. We are a proud partner of Christmas in Leeds and to support it we’re showcasing the talents of our students who are involved in the creation of one of the art installations on the trail: the Wagon Lifting Hoist Projection.

Alongside Lumen, the artistic audio-visual collective based in Leeds, selected Leeds College of Art students from BA (Hons) Animation BA (Hons) Illustration and BA (Hons) Graphic Design have created festive animations to project onto the historic lifting tower in Wellington Place. 

The big switch on was 1 December. Here’s a few snaps from the night and one of the projections that will be lighting up the lifting tower in Wellington Place throughout the festive period.

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You can also catch the animations on Millenium Square’s Big Screen, which are being shown everyday until the end of the year. 

Students involved in the project: Harriett Windley, Joe Baker, Ollie Simons, Katie Wade, Oscar Barany, Ian Fulcher, Sylvia Winnington, Lauren Williams, Emma McCutcheon, Tom Doggett, Greta Narbutaityte, Max Ardron, Janice Leung, Callum Park, Malachi Lawrence, James Beardsell, Katy Mulvey, Charlie Wood, Thomas O’Connor and Wing Chu.

Christmas in Leeds is something new; a trail of art, light and magic for all ages, designed to guide people around Leeds whilst simultaneously showcasing both local creatives and shining a light on all of the city’s corners.

Running from 1 December-3 January, travellers on the trail can enjoy: a gigantic and surreal semi-human shining high over commuters in Leeds Station, a shower of lights cascading down Holy Trinity Church’s façade, some added sparkle in Park Square’s trees, and a 4×4 box art experience which captures unique scenes of festive humanity. There are also performances from Northern Ballet, some helpful elves and some sleeping polar bears!

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Members of the public can download the digital Christmas in Leeds trail online or pick up maps from key locations across the city centre including hotels and the Leeds Visitor Centre.

You can join the event on Facebook and don’t forget to use hashtag #christmasinleeds when you’re on your art trail travels!

Christmas in Leeds is being led by LeedsBID (Leeds District Improvement District): Welcome to Leeds.

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