ArtBeat 2014 – Day 8

The Botanic Gardens provided a splendid space for 25 children and adults to make their own sculpture out of clay. On a warm, sunny afternoon in the garden among the sculptures, installed but not yet curated, children became intensely involved in creating different shapes – towers, tree trunks and some quite abstract. People really seemed to get a buzz out of doing something creative in the outdoors “It was so good to be making something, not just looking” said one. A refreshing combination of sunshine, clay, garden………..and creativity!

There was more story-telling at the Knighton Library from city librarian Paul Gobey, this time for children over 8. The stories and refreshments were appreciated by the children and one parent said he thought this was a great way to get children into a public library.

In the evening Fingerprints in Queens Road was full for Memory Wire – atmospheric electronic music by Chris Conway and Jim Tetlow. Chris has been showcasing his talent with different instruments in different venues as part of ArtBeat this week, celebrating 25 years as a professional musician. There were some lovely floaty numbers that complemented  the warm summer evening brilliantly and the whole atmosphere was beautifully relaxed.

Meanwhile down at the Cradock there was some great gigging going on to a good-sized appreciative audience. The N’Ukes played covers of well-known classics from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, et al; The Bellatones played some of their original songs and were warmly received; The BrandyThieves, played a blend of gipsy, ska and punk with great gusto. It was fantastic to see bands with strong women performers playing and singing.