Burnham's Spray Jam festival brings a splash of colour to town
first-ever Spray Jam Festival has been hailed a success by organisers
after crowds of people headed into the town centre on Saturday (August
13th) to see scores of street art displays and entertainment.
of contemporary and traditional street artists displayed their work
in Burnham town centre - with more of the work onshow today (Sunday).
Becky Hewlitt, pictured below, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
was a fantastic day with over 30 artists - both traditional and
street artists - creating art live across the town centre, getting
work of 35 artists went on show at Marine Cove, including pieces
from 20 students at King Alfred School in Highbridge.
Nigel Smith said: "Yesterday both my kids went into school,
voluntarily, during the school holidays to do an art class with
their teacher. Today, they were out and about at the event, talking
to the artists, learning about painting techniques and putting that
to use with their stencils in Marine Cove. The town is buzzing with
creativity today - I love it!"
works were also on show at The Victoria Hotel, Crafty Tea Cup, Hallmark
Tattoos, The Vapoury, Coffee Corner, Nick Tolley Photography, and
Andrews of Abingdon Street.
some traders in the town centre said there had not been enough prior
consultation about the road closures and content of art to be created
in some public areas, others welcomed the increased footfall, saying
it had helped trade.
Martin, a DJ at Marine Cove, said: "This is the best thing
ever to happen on Burnham. Thank you so much to the Town Council
for backing this. I've seen people of all ages out enjoying Spray
Jam. It's been such a friendly vibe - I'm loving it!"
was also a stage with live music outside the Victoria Hotel, with
performances by local musicians, while buskers and poetry readers
were also about the town centre.
visitor, Jill Webb, added: "We had a lovely day in Burnham-On-Sea
watching the street artists creating their wonderful art, and enjoying
the whole atmosphere around town. Congratulations to the organisers
of this event."
sculpture display also take place on Burnham's beach and there were
also craft stalls set up in Victoria Street.
Town Council recently earmarked £2,000 of its funding towards
on in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge