Welcome to Cheyanne

We’re delighted to welcome to the team Cheyanne Black who joins us as an intern having recently graduated as a mature student in graphic design from the University of Derby.

Cheyanne Black

Since Chris gives guest lectures at the University, he was in contact with Cheyanne’s tutor who introduced the two as he knew that Wide Sky’s portfolio would be a perfect example to research for her final project, an interactive experience in digital and print formats called Commemoration through Conversation which brings people together to share their stories of war, conflict and human loss. With elements of archiving and education, the project is very much in line with the aims of many of our clients so it made perfect sense to keep in touch throughout the last months of her degree.

We’re very impressed with Cheyanne’s achievements which include being shortlisted for the prestigious Penguin Random House Design Award for her cover of Carrie’s War and for the 5th Sheffield International Artists Book Prize for Tear Away The Taboo, a handcrafted direct mailer and leaflet insert inviting the public to an event to discuss taboos in today’s society.

Cheyanne’s ability to work with interpretation, archiving and education around themes of war and conflict are informed by time she spent prior to her studies as an army nurse in Hawaii where she was struck by the poignancy of survivors of the Pearl Harbour attack visiting the USS Arizona Memorial, possibly the last that these visitors, now in their 90s, will make. This sensitivity is clearly reflected in her work.

We’re so pleased to have such a talent on the team and have been keeping Cheyanne very busy with modelling, animation and graphic layout for a project interpreting the history of the 13th century church at Bedwas. She is certainly rising to new challenges and we look forward to presenting her with even more!

The London Bridge Experience wins at ScareCON

More congratulations, this time for our client, The London Bridge Experience whose London Tombs has won the 2015 Best Year Round Scare Attraction at this year’s ScareCON event, Europe’s only show dedicated to the growing scare attraction industry.

London Bridge Scare Attracttion

Congratulations on another well-deserved win.

We worked with The London Bridge Experience to install a photosystem which, as well as generating revenue for the attraction, is also an integral part of the visitor experience.

Conservation award for St Martin’s Church, Bilborough

It’s turning into a month of celebrations for Wide Sky Design’s clients. First we hear about Woodhall Spa’s success in the East Midlands Heritage Awards and now there is more to celebrate as St Martin’s Church win the John Betjeman Award for the sensitive restoration of the unique Evelyn Gibbs murals as part of their Hidden Treasures project. The award is given by SPAB (the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) to celebrate excellence in the conservation and repair of places of worship of any faith.

The judges visited on 28th May and commented that “the project had resulted in a space of beauty and serenity but had clearly been a catalyst for wider benefits”, which exemplifies the aims of the Hidden Treasures project.

Evelyn Gibbs mural restored St Martins

The murals depict the Annunciation, the moment the Angel Gabriel tells Mary that she is going to have God’s son. They were completed in 1946 by Evelyn Gibbs, one of the few women war artists, and are believed to be the only surviving examples of her large scale painting. In 1972 the paintings were lost to view when an unsympathetic, modern extension was added to the church and later believed destroyed. They were rediscovered in 2009 when electricians were working in the ceiling. Photographs were taken and shared with English Heritage who got very excited about the find and recommended a conservation report be carried out.

An anonymous donation of £1,000 sparked interest in the possibility of the restoration project and Heritage Lottery funding made it a reality. As well as the paintings, the church has seen repairs and restoration to a blocked up east window and Victorian barrel-vault ceiling, the installation of underfloor heating and a new stone floor laid.

Judges also noted the “commitment to community involvement and education embedded in the project” which is where Wide Sky Design have been delighted to play a part by capturing the restoration works using time lapse photography and developing a tablet tour to help visitors explore significant points around the church and a “pop-up” lectern to take the story of the church out to the wider community.

St Martin’s Church, Bilborough Case Study