'Celebrate your Stars' - solar panel artwork painting workshop

'Celebrate your Stars' - solar panel artwork painting workshop

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Design and paint your own 'Stars' inspired solar panel artwork, to be featured in Filwood Fantastic's Walk of Hearts & Stars

About this event

Join Jenny Ayrton from Art & Energy Collective, together with KWMC The Factory, to learn how to design and paint your own 'Stars' inspired solar panel artwork, which will become part of the Filwood Fantastic 'Walk of Hearts & Stars'.

Art & Energy Collective will transform your painted designs into solar-powered panels to create sustainable, individual light-up artworks powered by the energy of the sun.

KWMC The Factory will fabricate box frames for these panels and install them around Filwood, as a fun and creative way to celebrate the amazing 'Stars' who have been nominated by local people (more info below).

You will receive a workshop pack through the post ahead of the workshop with all the materials you will need, including paints, brushes, a perspex 'Star', design ideas and sticky back plastic shapes to mark out spaces for the solar cells to be added.

This free virtual workshop session will take place on Zoom, with an introduction to the project followed by a demonstration of how to create your design. You will then have a week to complete your design before your panels and workshop packs are collected and delivered to Art & Energy Collective to install the solar cells.

If you are unable to attend the Zoom session, the workshop will be recorded and made available as a YouTube video to be viewed and followed in your own time.

We will ensure each pack is fully sanitised, and hygiene measures and social distancing maintained during delivery and collection, to ensure the safety of all staff and participants involved.

[Image credit: Art & Energy Collective. Please note that images are from a previous project and do not directly reflect the Stars frames that will be made in this workshop]

The Filwood Fantastic 'Walk of Hearts & Stars'

The Walk of Hearts & Stars will celebrate and remember local people in Knowle West / Filwood during the COVID-19 crisis. KWMC The Factory has teamed up with the organisers of the Hearts & Stars volunteers’ awards to reimagine this event for 2020, as part of the Filwood Fantastic project.

We hope to be able to launch the Walk of Hearts & Stars in Autumn 2020, to be showcased on Filwood Broadway and as a wider creative trail or light festival across the local area. We are collecting nominations from local people, with the following categories:

Hearts ❤️ to commemorate the lives of Knowle Westers lost during the crisis and unable to have a funeral or memorial

Stars ⭐ to celebrate the efforts of volunteers and others going above and beyond to make a difference and support the local community.

To find out more about the Filwood Fantastic project, please visit these websites:



About Art & Energy Collective

The Art and Energy Collective is a group of artists, makers, technologists, academics and others who collaborate, share learning and forward the aesthetics of energy generation technology.

The collective develop artistic responses to the climate emergency to help people engage creatively with the huge changes we experience with our energy system. Their projects help participants and audiences feel excited and connected with energy, help them learn new skills, spend time thinking about energy and sharing great ideas for their communities.


About KWMC The Factory

The Factory is an innovation space for making, digital fabrication and product design in the heart of South Bristol. We offer training and enterprise support – helping everyone to make it!

Based in Filwood Green Business Park, The Factory offers laser and CNC cutting facilities, product design and prototyping services, and access to inductions and machine hire. Our friendly team can support you with your making needs at every stage of your making journey.

The Factory also offers a programme of memberships, creative training courses and volunteer opportunities, providing support and advice for those looking to develop these new skills into a career or business of their own.

Our building may be closed at present but we are still delivering support to our community of makers and wider public through online training, talks and socials. Do get in touch by email to thefactory@kwmc.org.uk for more information.


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