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‘Mini’ arts project will share your news

‘Mini’ arts project will share your news

It may be small, but it will bring news to communities across Bolton this month in a big way.

We’ve teamed-up with local visual arts duo Illuminos to bring a socially distanced pop-up arts project to the borough featuring a vintage Mini Cooper.

The ‘Mini Moments’ initiative will see the old-style 1990 Mini touring the borough to project images and video featuring people’s good news on homes and buildings.

It’s designed to allow you to watch the show safely from your windows or doorsteps, or online. And we encourage you to contribute your own news headlines to feature in it.

Gaynor Cox is one of our Housing Arts Officers. Gaynor said: “These have been tough weeks for some in our communities and this project is designed to bring some joy and cheer. While lockdown means we’re not able to spend time with each other, we hope this project can still unite us by sharing the positives happening in our lives, however small they are.

“We encourage you to send in your own mini moments of joy to feature in the project, which can be something as simple as winning the latest family Zoom quiz, discovering some chocolate you’d forgotten about, or finding some change down the back of the couch.”

The project will turn people’s headlines, images and video into a specially made news reel with the footage being beamed from the Mini’s headlights onto walls, garages and other structures.

Gaynor added: “We wanted to give you something that you could enjoy from your own home and we encourage you to remain on your property to view the show, rather than congregating with others.”

The Mini will tour Bolton after sunset from Tuesday 16 March. We’ll share more details of the neighbourhoods being visited and live stream it from our Bolton at Home Communities Facebook page.

If you’d like to share good news to be considered for Mini Moments, please:

  • visit the Illuminos website at;
  • share it via Twitter using the hashtag #boltonminimoments;
  • message us on Facebook at;
  • text 07717 225150.

Illuminos was created by brothers Matt and Rob Vale. They’ve created projection-based art for over 10 years. Their work for a vast array of cultural projects has been projected onto famous buildings including Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford, the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Liverpool Library, Leeds Civic Hall, and Liverpool’s Chinese Arch. You might remember their work with us in Bolton, with the ‘Door to Door’ projection onto Le Mans Crescent in 2008 and a projection onto Bolton Town Hall for the Diwali Festival in 2019.

You can find out more about what might be a world first in this short clip on the Illuminos YouTube channel, via this link: