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08/03/2011 - ‘Spring Fling’ in Workington

Allerdale Borough Council is encouraging shoppers and visitors to Workington to have a ‘Spring Fling’ this April.

As part of the empty shops initiative an outdoor gallery of artwork is to be created and the Council is looking for contributions from Allerdale residents.

Rachel Gaw, who is managing the project said: "We have a lovely new town centre but unfortunately, as with many areas across the country, we do have some units that are yet to be filled. In particular there are four empty units between Laura Ashley and Clark's, which offer a great opportunity to have some fun and brighten up the space. My first question was, ‘well, what are we going to put on those pre-existing white boards?’

“After some thought and a few meetings with Claire Driver, the Town Centre Manager, and the Council’s Arts Development Officer, Harriet Smithson, we devised a plan that the space would serve as an outdoor gallery featuring art work by the people of Workington for the people of Workington.

“The title for the first exhibition is ‘Spring Fling’. Entrants may interpret this in any way they see fit the only thing I ask of you is to have Workington as your influence. I would like to see a variety of media submitted, therefore not just photographs or paintings. Artists, sculptors, jewellers, ceramicists, textile and fashion designers, I want to see work form you!

“You may want to use Workington as your location for a photo shoot, look at flowers in Mill Field as your inspiration for a dress design or walk up Derwent Howe and take in the view to get your creative juices flowing. The work will be on show to the public so anything too controversial will not be considered.”

Councillor George Scott, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive member with responsibility for economic development and the arts, said: “This is a fantastic initiative to brighten up Workington town centre. I am looking forward to seeing how creative Allerdale residents can be and hope that they will take this great opportunity to show us all how proud they are of Workington and what this town means to them.”

There will be four categories: age 11 and under, 12-16 years, 17-25 years and 26 years and above. Once the entry is completed, please email a photograph of it to workingtongallery@gmail.com. Please ensure that all photographs are 300dpi and in jpeg format. The closing date for entries is Friday, 1 April 2011. Any entries submitted after that will not be considered for the final judging. There will be prizes for the winners, as well as having their work on display in the outdoor gallery for everyone to see.

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