artist leads town's colourful new Flag Festival
aspects of life in Burnham-On-Sea will be on show this summer
when the town centre holds its first Flag Festival.
artist Juliet Farnese, pictured, who is the artistic lead
on the project, has been working with four local schools to create
artwork for the flags.
- who created Burnham's 'you are here' map boards in the town
centre last year - says the new project aims to showcase many
local groups and make Burnham-On-Sea more colourful and vibrant
at the height of the summer season.
2016 Flag Festival takes place between Friday 29th July and Monday
Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds, who is overseeing the
project, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We will be flying 31 new
flags for the month, turning the streets into an open-air art
artistic team have worked with four local schools - Churchfield,
St Joseph's, Burnham Infants and St Andrew's to develop images
that describe what Burnham-on-Sea means to them. We have taken
these and created 27 flags with images of Burnham-On-Sea life
and 4 that showcase the drawings from the children."
process of making the flags encouraged art making, learning new
skills, sharing, enjoyment, and social exchange. This first year
has been successful, and if it is repeated I would like to see
it involving a wider cross section of the community at workshops
to develop more flags."
added: "It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with
the excellent schools and the very wonderful, imaginative children
of Burnham-On-Sea & Highbridge."
are lucky to have such amazing young children in our town, and
I feel very proud of them."
been a lovely job to do and only possible with the expert help
of my colleagues, Helen McGinty, Mike Price and Ignite Somerset."
team has developed a flag finder trail around Burnham-On-Sea that
is available from BiARS, the Post Office, Hurleys Newsagents,
the Toycupboard, the Library, banks and many cafes and hairdressers.