Noisily is a festival of music, healing and arts. A creative mecca yet on a small scale, Coney Woods play host to some of the world’s most innovative and interesting artists from across the globe.
A walk in the woods at Noisily is like journeying around the V&A, just a bit more rustic. There is stunning art everywhere, you cannot escape it, as visual treats lay round every corner.
About Our Art at Noisily
Each year at Noisily, artists and members of the art department work tirelessly to create beautiful and magical art which is spread throughout the festival. These devoted pioneers of all things aesthetic not only build large scale installations, but add the details and artistry to refine the overall look and feel of the festival.
Through our arts application process last year, not only did we award talented designers and makers with grants enabling them to build and bring larger pieces of artwork to the festival, but were also able to make contact with up and coming artists who brought smaller pieces of work to the festival in exchange for their ticket.
With every year that goes by, we receive progressively more exciting and dynamic submissions, and we were extremely proud of the how the festival came to fruition in 2017.
The whole site was filled with incredible installations, including a life size video mapped space rocket by Emily Fryer, an 8-metre high hanging Japanese inspired pagoda by Helena Doyle, and a 10-metre long LED snake weaving through the trees by Sophia Daly Rosin.
The installation ‘Yaksha’ was a collaborative piece by artist Joey Baker and carpenter Beau Turner-Brockway, as well as other proficient members of their team. This 3.5-metre high, video mapped, winged, humanesque sculpture stood proudly at the top of a hill in the main arena. With it’s own sound effects, this luminous beacon displayed an unfolding whirlpool of projected patterns onto its vast wings.
Joey Baker, a fine artist based in UK was inspired by his travels whilst in India. The name ‘Yaksha’ derives from Hindu, Jain and Buddhist texts and is assigned to a broad class of nature spirits that communicate through the power of wind. They are caretakers of natural treasures rooted in the earth.
Our art director Ruth Herbert finds this collaborative story most inspiring, they came together with their skills and talent to create this mystical piece. This installation was awarded one of our arts grants, which helped cover the cost of creating it. Yaksha then went on to tour several art and music festivals across the UK, bringing joy to many.
If you are also inspired by this story and would like to apply to bring your own art and creative skills to Noisily, please get in touch through our arts application below. We will be awarding grants for £1000, £500, £400, £300 and £200.
Theme – ‘Use Your Illusion’
This year’s theme is ‘Use Your Illusion’, and we invite you to present your
ideas based on the following rationale…
The world around us is not what it seems, everything is fluid and appears differently to the beholder. Whatever you believe, the person next to you, although similar in form, may believe something entirely different and sees the world through their own individual eyes.
We are abstract beings made up of billions of living cells, which in turn are made up of billions of even smaller ones, and we’re rolling through space on a beautiful lump of rock into an eternal cavernous darkness.
We are looking for conceptual ideas that play on things that aren’t what they seem, which harness the creativity of relativity, utilise the mind and alter perspectives, whilst keeping our environment and your materials at the core of the design process.
** Closes 31st January