Thursday, 28 October 2010

Whitley arts festival

Not many councillors can say that their ward has its own major arts festival, but Whitley arts festival is currently in the middle of another really successful year (last year's major commission ended up in the Tate!).  I popped along to the launch event for the flagship commission by local artist Jo Thomas, she's on the left of the picture, that showcases an original view of Whitley - including both Morrison's and the flood plain in an installation inspired by a sunset walk.  It was really worth a look, it's not in your face, but is a subtle adaption of the second floor space of the museum and kind of creeps up on you in a really nice way.  If you know the area it's particularly special.
There are still some events to come and there will be another sunset walk starting at 3.30pm from the restoration centre on Wednesday 3rd November led by Jo Thomas, which I intend to go on.