Put your war face on and take your place in history!
Help fund our multimedia storytelling show commemorating the Battle of Bannockburn, a significant victory in the Wars of Independence.
Send us your photo and have it painted into a massive new commemorative mural. Become a Scottish legend!
The event’s warrior heart is the making of an epic 9m x 4m battle mural at this 2 week festival in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Now recruiting! Send a fun picture of you and your friends to take part in the biggest ever depiction of King Robert the Bruce and his army in the thick of battle. We want you, your pals, your brothers, dads and aunties!
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‘Audience with Bannockburn’ is a fortnight festival of storytelling, history and music scheduled to bridge the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, it will run from the June 12th till the 27th. Bannockburn is most famous battle in Scottish history where the Scots repulsed an invading English army in an epic conflict and secured their independence. This event is to be held at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, featuring a mix of spoken word, history and music, led by renowned Scottish Storyteller Calum Lykan.
He will be embedded in the venue and remain in medieval battle garb as King Robert the Bruce himself. The venue will be resplendent with war banners to immerse you in the time period and a full complement of medieval clothing and battle attire will be available to try on. We are even making a dozen hobby horses so the Bravehearts amongst you can charge headlong into the fray!
Our aim is to create as immersive and engaging a space as possible and let Calum become the stuff of legend. The immersive video projection design embeds the audience in the scene. And to reinforce Calum’s status as ‘The Bruce’ even more, he will be painted in the midst of the throng as the hero of the massive mural directly behind him.
Raising the standard is artist Chris Rutterford, who specialises in epic murals and crowd scenes. He is painting a whopping battle that will feature over a thousand combatants. Chris’s aim is to build a vivid, dynamic and awe inspiring glimpse into the chaotic heart of the action; the most intense and dynamic portrait of Bannockburn there has ever been. He will be on hand painting portraits into the mural throughout the exhibition to make sure the battle is a going concern. The aim is to paint the army from a eye level and below and use photo reference from the combatants ancestors to achieve maximum empathy with the scene and let you touch and feel the action.
Chris’ last major production was the epic Hogmanay (New Year) painting conceived during the Edinburgh festival 2013. A picture that now features over 3000 portraits.
Check out the video : https://vimeo.com/75420163
The project had no creative funding other than what the crowd donated; it helped make the Tron Kirk music venue a vibrant jewel in the heart of the Edinburgh festival.
More than anything right now, he needs to see the whites of your eyes and is calling for volunteers to send him their war faces so he can build the mural. All are welcome, girls too - just make sure you are fierce.
Money produced from this site will be spent on the festival’s production, providing essential materials for the theatrical production, the mini festival and the mural. Most of all it will buy our time and effort - both in the lead up to the event, organising and producing and ambitious production and for months afterwards ensuring all the legacy ambitions of this iconic mini festival and mural spectacular can be met
Risks and challenges
The mural heads are all to be painted by Chris who will be taking time to ensure everyone is recognisable and embedded into the scene. In the mural the plan is to work at the largest heads first, as they will have the greatest impact on the painting but given patience your portrait will arrive with you eventually.
We will be asking participants to place their emails in the name bar of their photos so that we know exactly who everyone is and take great photos if they can.
• Stand with the light coming from the right hand side (as the photographer views)
• Place a pretend weapon in the warrior’s hands – put on a peaked hat if available
• Tell the model ‘Don’t look at the camera and do your war face’
• Repeat until you are convinced and have fun, overacting is good for this. Email a few options to make sure.
• Many of the figures (but not all) face toward the right - take at least one shot with the model facing that way.
All the costumes and t-shirts will be made to order so that will take time too. As soon as the order is in Lubi will be on the case and aims to have all the clothing and embroidery done ASAP
- (30 days)