'Burnham-On-Sea Spray' arts festival wins Town Council support
artwork from some of the UK's top street artists will be appearing
around Burnham-On-Sea in August when a new modern arts festival
is held for the first time.
arts, music and poetry festival, called 'Burnham-On-Sea Sea Spray',
will be held across the town centre on Saturday August 13th.
Becky Hewlitt, pictured, presented the plans to the Town Council
last week, who earmarked £2,000 of funding towards
the new event.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We will have over 30 artists -
both traditional and street artists - creating art live on the
streets of Burnham during the day."
will also be a stage with live music outside the Victoria Hotel,
plus workshops in July at local schools, the BAY Centre and residential
homes to create artwork that will be displayed alongside the work
of the artists. We also plan to have performances by local poets
of all ages."
added: "We'd also like to paint the hoardings of the Tucker's
Garage site, erect temporary boards and have artists painting
in Marine Cove and along The Esplanade, and have craft and arts
stalls set up."
love art and want to give something back to the community. We
want to engage with people of all ages in art and to make Burnham
an exciting destination for artists and art lovers."
will be great for Burnham - art can draw national and local attention,
help to raise Burnham's profile as an artistic hub, and present
it as an attractive visitor destination. It will also engage local
residents, especially young people, giving a sense of ownership
rather than alienation."
group sought £2,000 from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council
to "cover the temporary art boards, insurance, workshop materials, publicity,
the stage, PA system, a TENS license from Sedgemoor District Council,
steward training and travel expenses for the artists and team."
added: "In return, we will match this amount in labour, sponsorship
and concessions and any profit will be reserved for future community
projects. Our aim is to make this an annual event with funding
next year from the Arts Council Creative People and Places Fund.
All accounts will obviously be open to council scrutiny and project
evaluation will be presented."
on the Town Projects Committee unanimously gave their backing
to the project and recommended that £2,000 be given to the
project, pending the approval of the full council at their next
meeting in May.
Kate Lawson told the meeting: "I fully support
what they're proposing - I think it will be a great new event
for the town."