It is with great excitement that Ryde Arts Festival heard from Arts Council England that they have been awarded a £15,000 Grants for the Arts award towards this year’s Ryde Arts Festival. The overarching aim of the Festival is to celebrate the talents of the local community and this year’s project is no exception.
We are working with many of the youth groups based in and around Ryde to create an amazing exhibition in St.Thomas’ Heritage Centre.
Lisa Traxler is our lead artist who is inspiring and assisting all those involved in creating a painted and collaged mixed media “forest” within the old church, symbolising volunteers from Ryde in August 1914. The churchyard trees will be decorated with “memory ribbons” leading the viewer into the forestscape within.
There are two talented young graduate composers working with volunteer singers, instrumentalists to create a new work to accompany the installation.
We want as many youth organisations as possible to take a part in this, to research, paint, perform, install and promote the exhibition which will open on 27 June and run throughout the Festival period until 7 July. We have already spoken to some of the youth group leaders and hope that as many as possible will want their organisations to take part in the free workshops which will run from the end of March until June.
It is anticipated that these workshops could take place in Ryde Library or the usual meeting place for these groups.