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About

Beautiful Clever Fun

Welcome to the world of Impossible. Here you can expect anything from a surprising trick of the light, to a giant interactive story book, or a weightless translucent globe. You may see hilarious talking heads, animated winged faces and archive pictures where you become the face in the picture.

Come on in and immerse yourself in the wonder and playfulness of our digital installations…


Our work

Impossible has years of experience creating digital installations and events all designed to engage a wide range of audiences. So that everyone from culture vultures to people who have never attended an arts event in their life are drawn in. Based in Pennine Yorkshire we collaborate with a pool of talented artists. We create innovative arts installations, participatory projects and community events – all designed to intrigue and bring joy.

Our creative projects bring together two worlds; a well-developed understanding of audience engagement and a canny technical know-how. This is powered by cutting-edge technologies … and a touch of Impossible magic.

Read on to find out more about our work. Or just contact us for a chat about your ideas.

Who We
Work With

Festivals and Events

Producing engaging, stand out installations for civic events, arts, illumination, science, literature and music festivals, including:

  • GDIF (Greenwich & Docklands International Festival)
  • Berlin Festival of Lights
  • Henley Festival
  • Leeds Light Night
  • Blue Dot festival
  • SIRF (Stockton International Riverside Festival)
  • Enchanted Parks, Gateshead
  • Dublin St Patricks Day
  • Cambridge May Ball
  • Light Up Lancaster
  • Hull Freedom Festival
  • Aberdeen Spectra
  • 
Cheriton Lights
  • Huddersfield Literature Festival
  • Batley Festival
  • 
Ilkley Literature Festival
  • Bradford Science Festival
  • Whitby Musicport
  • Holmfirth Film Festival
Creative People & Places

Creative People and Places

Delivering audience development goals for stakeholder organisations especially in areas with fewer opportunities for people to get involved with the arts, including bespoke work for:

  • Appetite (Stoke-on-Trent)
  • Creative Scene (North Kirklees)
  • Heart of Glass (St Helens)
  • Hounslow (London)
  • LeftCoast (Blackpool & Wyre)
  • Right Up Our Street (Doncaster)
  • Super Slow Way (Pennine Lancashire)
  • Transported (Boston and South Holland)
Communities

Communities

Engaging neighbourhoods, housing estates and people from all backgrounds and ages in events, installations, workshops and displays:

  • Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival
  • HeckmondFright
  • Hastings Storytelling Festival
  • Thornhill Boost
  • Residents of Berry Brow flats
  • Birkby Huddersfield
  • Scarborough Wingbeats
  • Bridlington Renaissance
  • Brackenhall Estate, Huddersfield
  • Windybank Estate, Liversedge
History & Heritage

History and Heritage

Sensitively enlivening museums and heritage sites, bringing history to life through participatory events and engaging video / installations:

  • Holocaust Memorial Day
  • 
Elmfield Hall, near Accrington
  • Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford
  • 
Puca Castle, Trim, Ireland
  • Manchester Histories Day
  • 
World Environment Day
  • Cambridge Twilight at the Museums
  • 200th Anniversary Sheffield and Tinsley Canal Basin
  • 
Harry Potter – A history of magic exhibition opening, British Library, London
  • Tolson Museum Huddersfield
  • 
Our Sporting Greats (Kirklees)
  • 
Routes to Our Roots
Organisations

Organisations

Working with institutions and official bodies of all scales to engage audiences, staff, customers and visitors:

  • Chatsworth House: Christmas at Chatsworth
  • Canal and River Trust
  • 
The British Library, London
  • Leeds Development Education Centre: Action for Social Justice
  • European Leaders in Healthcare Improvement
  • Prince of Wales Hospice
  • Longley Farm
  • The Earth Centre
  • Co-operative Retail Logistics
Schools, Colleges & Universities

Schools, Colleges, Universities

Lecturing, teaching, training, leading and running workshops within a wide range of formal and informal education and learning settings:

  • University of Huddersfield Drama Department
  • 
Heswell Primary School (Wirral) annual Science Under the Stars event
  • 
Royds Hall School (Kirklees)
  • 
Challenge College (Bradford)
  • Earlsmead Primary School (Tottenham)
  • Newsome Junior School (Huddersfield)
  • Edge Hill University
  • 
Bridlington High Schools
  • 
Hull Aim Higher
  • Oldham College
Outdoor & Alternative Theatre

Outdoor and Alternative Theatre

Devising, making and performing as part of outdoor productions and a wide range of touring shows, including work with performance companies:

  • IOU Theatre
  • 
Whalley Range All Stars
  • Avanti Display
  • Pif-Paf
  • 
The Inztants
  • 
La Fura dels Baus
  • Impossible Theatre
  • Whitewood & Flemming
  • In-Transit
  • Glassworks
  • Out of Order Productions
  • Theatre Babel
  • Footsbarn Travelling Theatre
Collaboration

Collaboration

Working with organisations to make, create and share with others:

THE WATERSHED

Resident member of this ex-worsted weaving mill in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield. The three resident arts groups bought the mill in 2000, formed a charity and raised over £500k to refurbish it as a stunning creative space on the banks of the River Colne.

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6 MILLION+ CHARITABLE TRUST

Founder member and Acting Chair of the board for this creative arts project working with an extended family of refugees and local communities – exchanging and expressing stories of the Holocaust, genocides and contemporary persecution at home and abroad. We run many participatory arts projects often around Holocaust Memorial Day including, most recently the ‘Small Contentments’ project.

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STREET ARTISTS UK (NASA-UK)

A Mission Control member of this network of creative practitioners who make live arts outside. Also leading the annual weekend gathering of outdoor artists to talk, eat and share together known as For the Love Of It (FLOI).

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IOU Theatre

A long-term colleague within this seminal visual theatre company, having worked with them to co-create and perform in 14 different touring productions over 30 years, plus leading innumerable workshops, films and presentations.

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Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival

Regular supporter working on this spectacular community lantern festival over many years.

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collaborating with

The Watershed

The Watershed

Impossible is resident of a stunning creative space on the River Colne in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield. Three core arts groups bought this ex-worsted weaving mill in 2000. Together they formed a charity and raised over £500k to refurbish it as a creative arts mill.

6 Million+

6 Million+

Chris Squire is a founder member and Chair of the board for this creative arts project. It works with an extended family of refugees and local communities. Exchanging and expressing stories of the Holocaust, genocides and contemporary persecution at home and abroad.

NASA UK

Nasa-UK

Chris is a Mission Control member of this network of creative practitioners who make live arts outside. He also leads For the Love Of It (FLOI) – the annual weekend gathering for artists to talk, eat and share together.

The Watershed

The Watershed

Impossible is resident of a stunning creative space on the River Colne in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield. Three core arts groups bought this ex-worsted weaving mill in 2000. Together they formed a charity and raised over £500k to refurbish it as a creative arts mill.

6 Million+

6 Million+

Chris Squire is a founder member and Chair of the board for this creative arts project. It works with an extended family of refugees and local communities. Exchanging and expressing stories of the Holocaust, genocides and contemporary persecution at home and abroad.

NASA UK

Nasa-UK

Chris is a Mission Control member of this network of creative practitioners who make live arts outside. He also leads For the Love Of It (FLOI) – the annual weekend gathering for artists to talk, eat and share together.

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A huge thank you for all your support and assistance with the event – you were fabulous to work with and the piece was amazing. We want to do more!

Sharon Canavar
Chief Executive of Harrogate International Festivals

This is such a wonderful piece of work. You were such a hit with the thousands of visitors. So pleased we were able to deliver the festival before Lockdown – and that you were part of it!

Brigitte Orasinski
Artistic Director, Strange Cargo and producer of ‘Cheriton Lights’ festival

Chris Squire

Creative Director at Impossible

Biography

Born Oct 3rd in Devon, middle child of farmer’s daughter Betty and architectural designer Eric. Kingsbridge Comprehensive School, trampoline silver medallist, Salcombe C class gaff rigged dingy, school coach trip to Soviet Union, arguably the first punk in Devon? Summers teaching watersports. BA Performing Arts at Leicester Polytechnic with Gavin Bryars and Noel Witts. Flyman at Haymarket Theatre. Placement with Footsbarn Travelling Theatre, stayed and toured Europe as merchandise seller, childminder and eventually performer. Moved to Yorkshire to join Theatre Babel, inspired by Jerzy Grotowski. Began intensive physical training, workshops and performance toured Berlin, Holland, Ireland, Eugenio Barba’s Odin Teatret in Denmark. Formed Impossible Theatre with Charlott Diefenthal. Borderland tours UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Holland. Met David Wheeler and all at IOU Theatre, began regular touring with IOU from Salt & Slack Water at Salts Mill, to Full Tilt in Chalon-sur-Saône and Lisbon, to Leech at Glastonbury Festival, and a collaboration with La Fura dels Baus for Tàrrega festival, Catalonia. Impossible created The Passage in Leeds and Home Sweet Home Cartwright Hall gallery. Arts Council funding for Other Peoples Shoes project with Those Environmental Artists. Daughter Ella born. Four years building the Sculpture Picnic Trail. Victim/Offender puppet video project, invited to Orange County, California for conference. Evidence Room software controlled installation. Directed They Came from Nowhere street show with the Inztants. Son Emil is born. Created Eye Witness video installation with IOU and installed at Glasgow Tramway and 798 Art Zone Beijing. Raised £500k to buy and renovate The Watershed in Slaithwaite. ChromaVan caravan colour experience crossed the alps. Lightweight installation at York Minster. Teaching Drama at University of Huddersfield. Three weeks in Korea with Avanti Display. Participatory installations at Berlin Festival of Lights, Canary Wharf, Durham Lights switch on. To Italy, Serbia and Poland with 6million+ Every Button Counts. Moved to Manchester (for love). Large Canal and River Trust shows. Harry Potter animation at British Library. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens show. Interactive installations for Chatsworth House, Henley Festival and Light Up Leicester. Lockdown. HERE Augmented Reality project for St Helens.

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