27 August 2015 at 4.02pm | Comment on this article
For the opening weekend of Deloitte Ignite on 5 and 6 September 2015, the Paul Hamlyn Hall will host 12 huge, vibrantly-coloured silk banners. They take their inspiration from the history of the Royal Opera House and are the work of award-winning, not-for-profit outdoor art company Kinetika and its founder, silk artist Ali Pretty.
The banners are made of Habotai silk and are each 11 metres long. They were painted using the Batik method, in which wax is used to block out sections of the silk before it is hand-dyed. The whole project took more than seven hundred and eighty hours to complete.
All the work took place at Kinetika’s new studio at High House Production Park in Thurrock, next door to Royal Opera House’s new costume and production workshops. The project involved a team of 20 local artists and volunteers – many of whom were trained by Kinetika as part of their outreach programme ‘Kinetika People’.
Want to have a go yourself? Kinetika will host hour-long Batik workshops on 5 September (11am–6pm) and 6 September (11am–4.30pm), free to everyone with a Deloitte festival day pass and are open to all ages. Find out more.
Deloitte Ignite runs 3–27 September 2015 and includes a wide range of free and ticketed events.