Putting out the flags for big art event

FELIXSTOWE: Youngsters have been making colourful flags for an art installation at one of the town’s most popular annual events.

It will be the seventh year that Art on the Prom has taken place – with a record 85 contemporary artists set to take part along the promenade on September 5 between 10am and 4pm.

As part of the preparations, children from Langer Primary, Fairfield Infants and Colneis Junior schools in Felixstowe, and Heathside School and Belstead School in Ipswich, made flags on the theme “Sky – Sea – Under the Sea”.

The youngsters worked with artists Heather Prince, Louise Greenwood, Valerie Osment and Bee Farrell in a range of media, including fabric, paint and printing.

Art on the Prom will feature artists from every genre and discipline, showcasing original art works, in which painting, drawing, glass, ceramics, photography and jewellery will all be represented.

There will also be a variety of entertainment and free workshops available in the Spa Gardens for visitors to take part and try a new skill, including willow sculpting, decorative painting, tie dye, ceramics and painting.

Entertainment will include live music from the prize-winning Co-op brass band, as well as a barrel organ and contemporary acoustic bands.

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There will also be a children’s art competition exhibition – entrants were invited to draw or paint the design for a deckchair – and a variety of entertainers such as stilt walkers, jugglers or magicians.

Art on the Prom is supported by grants from local councils as well as sponsorship from businesses.

It is a non-profit-making event which aims to promote economic well-being and foster a pride in the community.

? Is Art on the Prom your favourite event in Felixstowe’s calendar? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN, or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk