Lots to see and do at visual arts festival

ERYC Cllr Richard Burton (Portfolio holder for Civic Wellbeing & Culture), with Festival director Portia Simpson,  with a painting by Andrew G.  Storrie

ERYC Cllr Richard Burton (Portfolio holder for Civic Wellbeing & Culture), with Festival director Portia Simpson, with a painting by Andrew G. Storrie

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A festival to celebrate the world of art throughout the East Riding of Yorkshire will take place this weekend.

The first ever Artwaves visual arts festival will get underway this weekend at Bridlington Spa on Saturday 5 October and will see visitors treated to a spectrum of awe inspiring and, in some cases, unusual forms of art including a free ‘Drawing with iPads session’.

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, said: “This is truly an exciting new event for the East Riding which we hope will attract new visitors to the area whilst providing low-cost, fun activities for all local residents to enjoy.”

The event, which is supported by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council will offer a variety of workshops and an open exhibition of over 100 entries including painting, drawing and photography based on the theme of ‘The Life and Colour of East Yorkshire’.

Portia Simpson, festival director, said: “The Spa is such a fitting venue for Artwaves.

“Its setting by the sea is an inspirational sight for artists – the Spa really is a hub for culture and creativity.”

The festival will feature demonstrations by artists including local favourite Tony Hogan who will demonstrate how to use pastels and acrylics and a talk by TV favourite Philip Serrell, known for his appearances in Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt, and Flog It!

There will also be a range of workshops and drop-in sessions from ‘Drawing the Sea’ with artist Jake Attree, ‘Watercolour Landscapes’ with leading artist Charles Evans and fun have-a-go sessions in print making, paper making, felting and scrap sculptures and other free workshops and events over the weekend.

Artwaves is 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, and is open to anyone with an interest in art throughout our area.