The Wallhanging

The Arts Festival Wall-hanging project produced a magnificent piece of art that attracted a lot of positive attention when it was exhibited during the recent Barry Arts Festival. Pat and her team did a brilliant job, and Pat has now passed me the contents of the booklet for addition to the website. Because of the size of it, it’s here, on a separate page.

The wall-hanging is currently on display in the Library on King Square, where it should remain for a few weeks.

A number of contributors commented that they would have written more on their contribution if they had realised that it was going to be published. Some also said they might have written less in the age box! You should be able to add comments via this page, so there’s your opportunity! Comments are held for moderation, so the alterations won’t appear instantly.

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That Was The Barry Arts Festival 2012

So that’s it. It’s all over. Ten days of chaos. Ten days of music, dance, poetry, literature, art, photography, and more. Ten days of meeting new people, people from Barry, or who live in Barry, or have lived in Barry. People who are artists, dancers, photographers, performers, writers, poets, or people who just appreciate their work and want to see more. People who are proud of their roots, who want to see more and better for Barry.

The feedback we have received says that this has been a real success. Will there be another? Who knows? We will be having a proper de-brief on how we felt it went, and deciding where we go from here. But for now, we are taking it a bit easier, and tidying up loose ends, sorting out the accounts, and thanking the people that have worked so hard on this festival.

And although it’s going a little quieter for a while, the creative people who contributed so much are still busy. Glyn Pooley’s exhibition is continuing for a while (I must get some photos!), many of the choirs that supported us are to be seen at the Eisteddfod, just down the road at Llandow. Vale of Glamorgan Artists (VOGA) are exhibiting there as well. PUKKA and Superstars are busy preparing for new terms in their schools, and “The Next Show”.

They are out there – keep your eyes open for them, and support them!

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Festival Day 10 – The FINAL DAY

Well, we made it – without strangling one another, which is pretty good! Two events today – the second day of the Party in The Park, more correctly known as “Voices in the Park”, and the presentation of the Barry Arts Festival Composition, by its author, Chris Young.

The day started better than yesterday in weather terms, and by mid afternoon, we actually had sunshine and shadows! The grass was still damp after the deluge yesterday, so anybody who hadn’t taken anything to sit on would find themselves suffering from “rising damp”. I was on duty at Windsor Road Church removing some of the exhibits, and by the time I got to Victoria Park, I had missed Indigo Ribbon, and Suzannah Jayne as Whitney Houston, and I just caught the tail end of Tim Reynolds as Michael Buble (and other legends, apparently!). However, I did catch Duncan Creasey as Freddie Mercury, and finally, Barry’s very own Phantom of the Opera, Peter Karrie. The three that I saw were very good, and I’m pretty sure that the two I missed were equally impressive – but you can’t have everything!

As well as the performers, the floor show was pretty good – the two young “special effects girls” with their huge soap bubble wands, the two Yorkshire Terriers that were tearing around, interested in everything including the performers, and some of the dancers in the audience.

This was how it was supposed to be – good music, sunshine, and lolling around in the grass. There was a good crowd, quite happy to join in, and it was great. Many thanks to all the people that organised the event, especially Sarah and Duncan Creasey of PUKKA Productions, and Jon Greatrex, manager of Victoria Park.

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Later that evening, a select crowd gathered at The Ship Hotel, to hear the first public performance of the Barry Arts Festival Composition. Entitled “Bricks and Mortar”, and written and created by Chris Young, the piece consisted of music and lyrics mixed in with sounds recorded in an old house on Gladstone Road. Chris had lived in the house for many years, and this piece was heavily influenced by his memories of the house. The audience had the opportunity to ask questions afterwards, and Chris explained some of the sounds and techniques used to create the music. Dot asked “why does the music sound elegiac”? I asked “what does elegiac mean”? I managed to get the gist of what was being discussed when they compared sections of the piece to Gregorian chants, so perhaps there’s hope for me yet. An evening in a room with a magnificent view of the Old Harbour at High Tide, listening to beautiful, haunting music, with a glass of lemonade – brilliant!

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Festival Day 9 – Party in the Park

Saturday morning – and a lie-in! We’re on the downhill straight now! Only a few more events to go – and it’s raining for the concert in Victoria Park. Still, a leisurely morning uploading the photos of Gillian Clarke last night, and my day is nice and quiet until I get a call from Sarah. She’s at the park, and they are some microphones short. She was going to send Dunk home for them, until he pointed out that I had taken them after the Boyd Clack concert on Thursday. So, was I busy? No? Good, can I deliver two mics and a couple of stands to Victoria Park? When? Now!

OK, so I was working up to it anyway (these photos don’t take themselves), so a bit of a dash through Barry (I live up the other end) with every blasted non-driver on the road, and I sort of make it just in time. It’s raining a bit, so I’m wearing my coat, the bandstand is wrapped up nicely to keep the rain out, and the audience is under marquees. More like gazebos, actually, but that’s just my opinion. I’ve already missed at least one act, (Superstars) and PUKKA Potential is on next, so time to dig the camera out, and try not to block the view of the audience. And it’s nice for a while, natural light as opposed to the artificial stuff I’ve been struggling with all week. Now we just need it to stop raining, and in fact it does ease off. By the time PUKKA have finished their set, I’m actually a bit warm. So while the next act is getting ready, back to the car and dump the waterproof and jacket. Probably a dumb thing to do, but…

On the way back I stop at the burger van and get some lunch – an excellent cheeseburger with really fine Chilli sauce. Vale Voices still aren’t quite ready, so a coffee and cookie are in order. And while I’m chatting to the coffee seller, the heavens open. Rain, torrential rain, queueing up to land! I don’t know if Vale Voices start their singing – they probably couldn’t be seen from the audience tents, or heard over the rain lashing the canvas. PVC. Tents. After a while the rain eases off to a mere torrential downpour, and the day continues. Actually, the weather improves a lot, and by the end of the day, it’s almost not raining. Almost.

Vale voices are followed by PUKKA Perfection (well, some of them), and they in turn are followed by Barry Male Voice Choir, supposedly the last act of the day. Apart from a group of girls who were so inspired, that they performed on last ad-hoc song after the event had finished!

And the performances? Brilliant! The little PUKKAs are always entertaining, especially when the two lads, Brochan and Iolo start hamming it up for the audience. Celyn is also quick to join in, with a big grin, and the rest seem to alternate between sheer terror and manic enjoyment. Vale Voices were really good, and there were a LOT of them! PUKKA Perfection was down to four, but they also acquitted themselves well, although I did see Dunk and Sarah joining in with Sam on Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”! Finally, Barry Male Voice were, as ever, very classy and professional, and Dot, musical arranger and conductor, did join in once or twice, even though it’s a MALE Voice…

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The Victoria Park Weekend continues tomorrow, (OK, it’s past midnight, so later today!) and in the evening, the première of the Barry Festival Composition is at the Ship Hotel, 8pm – only £3. Tickets will be available on the door.

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Festival Day 8 – Gillian Clarke

Day 8 started far too early after day 7 , which finished late! The reason for the early start was to set up the mural and wall-hanging for their public debut in Windsor Road Church. When Pat and I arrived at the church, it was to find that Baruc Art Group had already moved in and set up their art display, and were already at work on more. What’s more, Eryl had the coffee on! Bliss! And so started a busy day. The mural and the wall hanging both attracted a lot of attention throughout the day, as did the work that Baruc were exhibiting and creating.

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Alan Sinclair from the Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council was hosting a meeting regarding the possibilities for combined artist housing and studio space. The meeting seemed to last a couple of hours, with a number of contributors. Alan took pity on us (the bags below our eyes were a give-away) so we haven’t been given the results of the deliberations, but we will be planning to meet Alan in a few weeks and see how we can help each other achieve our aims.

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In the evening, we were delighted to have a poetry reading by Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales. Gillian related how she grew up in Barry (to the age of 12, anyway), how after she was born, the second world war started (although she didn’t detail how she arranged this), and the pleasures available to children in those days. These included taking the peas from pods in the Parade allotments with the young love of her life, using a younger sister as a dipstick to test the thickness of frozen ice on the Knap lake, and collecting oranges from the sea in one’s underwear. On a more serious note, as growing up during wartime was not all fun, Gillian gave a background to and read some of her work commemorating (if that’s the right work) the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre in France, a few days after D-Day.

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Festival Day 7 – Boyd Clack

Day 7 – Thursday, and another day of art and photography exhibits at Windsor Road Church, but thanks to an intervention by Pat, who wanted to undo any damage I might have done to the mural, I managed to get a trip up to PUKKA’s Summer Sizzler for a few photos. Unfortunately, I mistimed it slightly, and half of the children were off at an Eisteddfod rehearsal for an hour or so. Such is life. The ones that remained were having a great time, and the Frankie Fan Club was much in evidence.

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In the evening there was a Boyd Clack concert at the Masonic Hall. Looking like Billy Connolly and sounding a bit like Max Boyce (but with more hair and less leek!), Boyd did a little story telling, and a lot of singing of songs, ranging from simple folk and love songs, to funnier ones, plus a few darker ones, all based on a background of the South Wales valleys.

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After 9pm there was an open mic session in aid of Ty Hapus, the dementia drop in centre in Barry. The evening started with a few numbers by local band Jelly Roll Jones, followed by a brief description of the work of Ty Hapus by Elin, the manager. Next came a young lady with a great voice, Carrianne Rogers, who sang a few songs that I didn’t recognise, but that’s probably more my fault than hers! Dunk Creasey as Freddy did a few Queen numbers, Peter Waldron and Joe Green did Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street”, followed by a few Sax’ solos from Peter. Harriet Knowles sang two numbers, beautifully, followed by the delectable Emma Arscott (Dot’s words, but true!) who played piano and sang, and then accompanied Nicola Hartwell. Finally Tony Cresci closed the evening with a Harmonica solo. A great evening, and a fraction over £100 raised for Ty Hapus.

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Festival Day 6 – Poetry Reading 1

Day 6 – Wednesday (I think! It’s getting a bit blurred!) and another day of the photography and art exhibitions at Windsor Road Church. And there are also things going on at the Canonhill Art Space where Glyn Pooley is showing his “Between The Lines” exhibition, and Crossways Methodist Church where PUKKA are running their “Summer Sizzler” for younger children. Whether I’ll get time to visit and get some photos remains to be seen. Perhaps I should sub-contract it to a camera club?

Then in the evening, the first of the “Literary” events – a poetry reading in the boardroom of the Dock Offices, by Tony Curtis and Grahame Davies. Being a bit of a philistine, I’m not the best person to write this up, but it was surprisingly enjoyable, with poems, that were funny, sad, short, long, Welsh, and more. I particularly like the one created from the list of warning signs to be found on Pendine beach, and the one that was a list of all the emotions that the Welsh could use while singing from a particular hymn book!

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Festival Day 5 – Summer Songs

Day 5 – Tuesday – and we have our artists and photographers exhibiting in Windsor Road Church. Both the Barry Camera Club and the Positive Images Photographic Society (PIPS) have people available to “talk photography”. Meanwhile I amuse myself  tinkering with the last bits of the muriel, as we have a few engineering issues – painted in three parts, some of the railway lines don’t join up! In the afternoon, Chris Bullen of “Superstars in the Making” runs a street dance workshop, with a small group having great fun!

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Tuesday evening and we have “Summer Songs” with Suzannah and Tim. The evening started with a bit of “street magic” from Simon Sparkles, and then compère Mark Thompson gave the audience a few jokes, and Eric some verbal stick, before introducing Tim and Suzannah who entertained with a variety of songs, solos and duets. An unexpected treat was the inclusion of a talented young duo, Rowan Connell, who sang beautifully (as ever!)  and Rhys James who played backing guitar. After a break for the buffet, we had the raffle, and boy, were there some prizes! Callum had the first ticket drawn, and with the full choice of prizes, selected the catering size tin of baked beans – much to Rowan’s dismay, as she had her eye on the wine! Joe seemed quite happy with his chocolate cake, and I have no idea what the winner of the sack of onions thought! The second part of the evening was a bit more “laid back”, and now we had the dance floor to play with. Exceptional dancers included the two lads on stage (Joe and Josh), Duncan and Sarah doing what looked like the Tango from “True Lies”, which Sarah then attempted with our guest the Mayor! What an evening!

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Festival Day 4 – Muriel Day

Day 4 of the Festival – Monday – and we are in Windsor Road Church for Mural Day. The Mural, designed by local artist Becci Holmes, had been started weeks ago, but needed a lot of work to complete it. Fortunately a lot of people turned up to help, and as you’ll see when it’s exhibited, it’s looking good! As well as the work on the mural, we were fortunate to have a variety of local artists running workshops, with Sue and Kath Williams running card making, Sarah Bishop creating textile flowers, and Sadie Hurley running ceramic painting and clay modelling. The busy atmosphere proved how good these artists were at their jobs, and we are very grateful for their efforts and assistance. We also had a number of local authors talking about their books, and the trials and tribulations of creating and publishing them.

Muriel Day Photographs

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(And to those who think I can’t spell, you are wrong. But I do accept that it is the wrong word)
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Festival Day 3 – Choral Workshop

Day 3 (Sunday) started with the traditional 2012 weather – hammering down with rain! Not a good omen for the Art4U friendship concert to be held later. However, it appears that Glyn Pooley, the organiser, is not a man to cancel because of a little rain, and his confidence was justified as the day turned out fine. The Knap Lake park had a good crowd watching the impressive number of performers that had signed up to the event.

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At the same time, the Choral Workshop with Jeff Howard was taking place at Windsor Road Church. As Dot Connell said -

What a joy today’s choral workshop with Jeff Howard was. Here’s why:
1. Jeff was inspiring and motivating in equal measure. What a gifted guy he is.
2. About 10 more people than expected turned up to enjoy the day
3. We all learned new stuff about singing, and we all got to sing. Bliss!!

Just over 20 of us gathered to learn three new songs today, and I have to say it sounded pretty good. There was also a real buzz about the place and what was a room full of individuals soon melded into a lean mean singing machine. If there was one event that would make me do this festival again, it would be this one.

Choral Workshop with Jeff Howard

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