Interactive light fantastic brings Grimsby Institute to life
A FAMOUS indie band, a stunning lightshow and spectacular performances from budding actors.
Just a sample of what went on at the Grimsby Institute's interactive exhibition.
Entitled 13, it saw popular indie-rock band, The Pigeon Detectives, pop in to chat to the students about the music industry and student life while the arts brought the university centre to life and showcased the talent of the students.
Pigeons frontman Matt Bowman and bass player, Dave Best, came to the Institute in between shoots for their new music video.
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In an exclusive interview with the Grimsby Telegraph, they praised the facilities at the university centre.
While Matt left university after spending his student loan on a motorbike, Dave enjoyed his time at the University of Teeside. He said: "It is a great chance to develop socially as well as academically. You make friends there that you will have for the rest of your life. Whenever we are touring we do a lot of uni gigs, we are interviewed on the student radio. It opens your eyes to the top-of-the-range equipment that universities have. Some have better facilities than the BBC. Grimsby Institute's University Centre is really impressive."
On the outside of the centre, projected cartoon characters Aragor and Cheeto danced on the building controlled by the Outside Motion Capture Suite.
It caught the Pigeons' attention as they plan to use more cinematic images for their music videos.
The light show was dreamed up by Steve Orient, programme leader for music and performing arts.
He said: "The Pigeons being here is a great thing for the students. It encourages them to think about the music industry and shows them you don't need a mainstream label to succeed."
Performing arts students Casey Morley, 19, Lucy Wright, 20, and Katrina Rothwell, 23, entertained visitors with their interpretation of the number 13 and work by Charlotte Dempsey, Jorda Corringham and Becky Peart.
While second year special effects make-up student Kirsty Fulford, 21, transformed a fellow student into a goblin. She said: "It is going really well. It is a very hands-on course.
"Every day we are creating new things plus learning about the industry."
Interactive exhibitions also took place at Grimsby Town Hall, outside Grimsby Central Library and Abbey Walk Gallery.