Success! There's no stopping the cycle of creativity at Burnham Princess's Arts Lounge (From This is The West Country)
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Success! There's no stopping the cycle of creativity at Burnham Princess's Arts Lounge
4:53pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
LAST November Burnham's creatives witnessed the start of something special at the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre.
Feeling something was missing, designer, SCAT graduate, and arts centre volunteer Neil Hansford, seized an opportunity to transform the building's lacklustre ground floor space into a vibrant, dedicated visual Arts Lounge.
Scouring the region for artists, he enticed practicing professionals and community amateurs to exhibit their work in the space, three at a time, with a different artist being swapped in every week.
Ten months on, 52 weeks'-worth of artists are booked up to occupy the gallery in the year ahead. In other words, Neil's plan couldn't have gone any better.
“I've been pushing the visual arts here even since I came to volunteer. When the council got funding to refurbish the bar and kitchen, it was the ideal opportunity to get the gallery installed. All they needed was somebody to coordinate and take care of it … and I was aware of how much art was being produced in the area.”
The reaction in Burnham and beyond has been “very, very generous,” he adds. “The professional artists are confident exhibiting alongside community groups, and that brings a great vibrancy to this venue.”
Complementing the rolling programme is the Open Studios arts networking session.
On Tuesdays, creative types are invited to drop into the main hall between 10am-1pm to make art and meet like-minded people for £3 entry.
On every first Wednesday of the month from 7pm-9pm, a Creative Club gives an open platform for performance, written, or visual arts. It could be an impromptu music jam, or a poetry reading.
'Meet the artist' is every Saturday from 12noon-3pm.
See the latest showcase, by artist Tazia Fawley, at the Princess by dropping into the centre's Arts Lounge from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-3pm.