The Wallsend Festival
The Wallsend Festival sets out to be a community celebration of all that’s good in Wallsend in North Tyneside in the UK in the past, present and future. This year the event is celebrating its eleventh anniversary and should be great.
The festival takes place for a week and culminates on ‘Festival Saturday’ – which this year will be 2nd July. Looking at their website you can see the event is a great mix of stalls,performing and visual arts. You can see photos of the past nine festivals here.
If all goes to plan I will be delivering a workshop for children and young people (and their parents and guardians) at this years event and I’m really excited by what I’ve got planned. [The only holdup is waiting for my new CRB from North Tyneside Council which is of course essential and fingers crossed its here on time]
Plans for 2nd July
So what am I planning to do?
- To enable children and young people to work with a local artist to explore the rich cultural history of Wallsend.
- To refine or reinforce the participants collage skills… carefully select shapes and colours that are in keeping with the overall design; gluing shapes with care; modifying or adapting collage ‘tiles’ using scissors.
- To develop our understanding of what is a mosaic.
- A number of mixed media collages (combining the artists acrylic painting with the children and young peoples collaged tiles)
- Photographs of the day and final outcome (with signed consent from parents/guardians)
- I will also liaise with potential exhibition spaces to showcase the work.
Just one more thing CHeck out Segedunum
Get yourself along to Segedunum if you can entry for an Adult is £4.50 and there is a lot more to do and see there than you might think. I loved the scenery from the viewing tower and there were lots of interesting artefacts to look at and learn about inside the museum. All of the interactive displays I looked at were in good working order (which sometimes sadly is not the case), the bathhouse was beautiful and the excavated remains were fascinating. The only downside was that the cafe wasn’t open but there were vending machines for coffee, soup, crisps and chocolate!