We’ve all been locked up, staring at the same four walls for what seems like forever. As you venture out for your daily walks we are putting some brilliant joyful visual art in places where we hope you will stumble upon it. These artworks are bright and hopeful and designed to be enjoyed by all. We see them symbols of sunshine, rays of hope and signs that we will soon be able to come together again. They can all be found in places that people are able to access, even in lockdown. Have an explore whilst keeping safe and distant…
We hope that you enjoy this work. If you can, we would love you to send us your photos and thoughts with the hashtag #Brightskies.
Huge, huge thanks to Corsham Town Council for supporting and investing in this work to ensure that not all of our interactions this month will be digital, and for a most welcome bold splash of colour as we emerge from challenging times.
‘Let’s Dance’ by Duncan McKellar
Renowned installation artist Duncan Mckellar, based in Bristol, is creating a new piece for Corsham, consisting of a series of bright yellow monkeys which can be found throughout the high street. Duncan’s work addresses social interaction, global interconnectivity and a sense of place.
Embedding a piece in its environment, utilizing found objects and involving the public are the foundation of his work. These works are playful and bold, creating a wonderful contrast with the architecture of the town.
Location: High Street
‘Chairs’ by Clare Winnan
Clare, a resident artist at Pound Arts, is an artist, maker and upholsterer. She revives objects through reusing, recycling and revamping. She creates pieces that are nostalgic and sometimes kitsch by using found objects often linked to childhood that evoke memories. This work, a sculptural chair planter, will spread joy and colour.
Location: High Street
‘Flowers’ by Anya Beaumont
Anya is an artist, mapper and lecturer interested in place and materials. Using a variety of media Anya’s work is essentially sculptural. These new sculptures draw directly on the natural environment for inspiration acknowledging how much relief many have found in nature during this strange, locked down spring. Anya is also fascinated by the built environment and delights in the incidental ornamentation that decorates the facades of many of the shops and houses in the town. In positioning the sculptures on buildings around Corsham they reflect these carved stone reliefs and architectural ironwork, albeit in ridiculously cheery colours! Anya hopes they will bring a smile to faces when happened upon and the fabrication of them – from old plastic lids and bottles – may inspire others to consider what they do with their plastic waste.
Location: High Street & Martingate