What a turnout for Sarah Kirby’s talk at College Hall on Sunday morning. More seats had to be called for as 50 people waited eagerly to hear one of Leicester’s finest print artists talk about the work she had been commissioned to produce as part of her residency with the University of Leicester’s Department of Urban History. Illustrating her talk by referring to the linocuts of industrial buildings on the wall that formed her exhibition, Sarah told us why the city’s industrial legacy is so important. Two aspects of her talk were particularly interesting. First, her perspective that buildings are not just about their look but about the people who use them, work in them or live in them; they are compelling creations for social as well as architectural reasons. Second, that each building needs to be seen and considered in relation to what is around it; that it is part of a larger landscape and these other features belong in her representations.
Sarah also told us about the process she goes through in both designing her linocuts and in actually making them, fascinating insights into the work of a most gifted artist. We are lucky that Sarah has taken Leicester so much to her heart.
Then off to the Queens Road Summer Fair where throngs gathered to look at and buy the merchandise on sale; and listen to some good quality music. A great vibe as ever and the three ward councillors, whose creation this is, expressed themselves very happy with the turn-out.
In the afternoon at Christchurch there was a treat for music lovers. The Tudor Choir and Knighton Chamber Ensemble played and sang Vivaldi amongst a selection of classical pieces. The hall was full and the audience very appreciative; and the musicians too. One of them said the audience was bigger than they sometimes get for their concerts. Clearly Clarendon Parkers are music lovers of many styles, tastes and genres, judging by the good attendances at so many events throughout the festival.
Then finally down to The Donkey in the evening for the disco that marked the close-down of this the first community arts festival in Clarendon Park. Derek Bland showed himself to be a master disc spinner as he rolled back the years to the rock and soul of yesteryear much to the delight of his largely sexagenarian audience. There was to be no stilling of this ArtBeat. The clock was fast approaching midnight as we straggled out into the quiet streets.
Shhh…..don’t you realise some people have to go to work tomorrow morning?!