A celebration of all things creative

A celebration of all things creative

By Michael Upton | 06/10/2021

A celebration of all things creative

 

A GIANT fingerprint and a “poetry river” were among the centrepieces as arts lovers flocked to a returning celebration of all things creative.

The large-scale artwork was among the exhibits and entries at Dearne Community Arts Festival, which took over Astrea Academy Dearne last Saturday.

Almost 400 people were treated to exhibitions, workshops and live performances during the day.

Festival secretary Julie Turner said: “This is the largest attendance we've ever had and reflects the importance of creativity in the Dearne area and how people are desperate to regain some kind of normality after so long apart and in isolation.

“One of our exhibitors told us that ‘art kept me sane during lockdown’ and there was clear evidence through all the exhibitions, displays and performances of the vital role the arts play in health and wellbeing.

“It was especially exciting this year to see the work of pupils from Astrea Academy Dearne and we were all impressed by the range of artwork and designs on show, including a ‘poetry river’ combining the visual and written arts, a massive display celebrating science, sculptures and an enormous thumbprint which celebrated the unique identity of each individual involved.”

Have-a-go workshops included hot wax painting, aloe vera gel painting and making sweet bags, and there were demonstrations of pyrography — writing with fire — and wood-turning to watch.

Julie added: “We also had a great time painting elephant sculptures wtih artist Lydia Caprani in preparation for the Elmer trail which will be hitting Goldthorpe in October and creating poppies from plastic bottles, which will form part of a display at the Goldthorpe Railway Cuttings for Remembrance Day.

“I think it’s safe to say that this year's arts’ festival was a huge success and we're already thinking about the next one.”

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