Seaside Sculpture Day was held on Sunday 14th August 2016. The event was a participatory, free festival promoting creativity, co-operation and immersive involvement in family-friendly artistic activity. It was a fantastic success – with over 1000 people taking part in the workshops and a further 2000 enjoying the music and entertainment on offer during the afternoon.
The park resonated to the sound of sawing, hammering and laughter; with mums, dads, kids and grandparents all working together to build their very own nautical artworks out of reclaimed timber and a handful of nails. Other activities included block printed flag making with Jenny McCabe, rope splicing with Reuben Copley, Fish-on-Stick making with The Exchange Creative Community and messages in bottles hoisted up a 12 metre flagpole, with Hannah Fox.
Musical accompaniment was provided by Ukulele Uff & the Lonesome Trio, Avant Deux, Caldo Verde and More Music’s Folk Group. Extra fun was added to the day by Lancaster-based theatre group Inner State – parading around the park in their Boat-with-Legs, with their cheeky seagull Kevin!
We also built some old-fashioned games for all to play, and created a sand play area that younger kids enjoyed.
My aim was for the event to have a coherent, strong artistic vision – while being open, fun and welcoming to all those taking part. Here is a short video where I talk a little bit about the ideas behind the day.
Seaside Sculpture Day was supported by More Music, Morecambe Artist Colony and The Exchange Creative Community
With funding from Arts Council England, Morecambe Town Council and West End Million Partnership.
Photos of the day with thanks and courtesy of @beanphoto