The countdown is on as East Ridings’ leading visual arts event, ArtWaves Festival is set to return to Bridlington Spa on the 22nd and 23rd June for a vibrant weekend filled to the brim with creativity. The additional ArtWaves Fringe commences on Monday 17th June 2019.
Festival attendees can expect a wide range of art activities and experiences in the biggest visual arts showcase yet, bringing traditional, digital, contemporary and urban art through a vibrant programme curated for all; from the experienced artist to those simply looking to get creative.
Those with a passion for art can explore the carefully curated workshop programme and free main stage demonstrations in a wide range of art mediums from returning artists and new names in the mix for the 2019 offerings.
The festival also includes free artist drop-in sessions for those wanted to simply try their hand at something new or different, from an introduction to watercolour to uncovering new ways of painting with kitchen implements.
Visitors can browse the ArtMarket, complete with art suppliers and artists displaying their creations and products alongside casting a vote for their favourite artwork in the highly acclaimed Open Exhibition taking place in the Spa Gallery.
For the younger creatives, ArtWaves runs an Arts Award stand, encouraging young people to explore the activities and complete their arts award along the way. Embracing the theme ‘Explorers’ they can take part in air clay, street art, installation building, messy activities and much more.
ArtWaves is proud to incorporate various strands to the event including; highlighting issues around plastic pollution through the new environmental stand with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and RSPB, supporting emerging artists through the mentored commission strand Submerge and working with businesses and the local area to create a trail of 30 customised birds through Bridlington with the new Visual Art Trail.
The festival is free to attend and explore with charges only being applied to the bookable workshop programme.
Festival Director Lauren Frost said, ‘We can’t wait to welcome everyone to the event in June, the event is bigger and better than anything we have delivered before with such an incredible mix of activities and opportunities to get involved. Our aim is always to produce a festival that appeals to a wide demographic and works to encourage those new to art alongside those who are already immersed in visual arts. We hope that you can join us on the weekend and explore the free creative things the festival has to offer!’
With so much going on visitors are encouraged to put the date in their diary and explore the full festival programme, available online and from Bridlington Spa.
Further information can be found at www.artwaves.co.uk