Last year I was invited to be part of an exciting international project between the UK and France. Two villages within the Scarborough (North Yorkshire) area, Scalby and Newby, have been twinned with the town of Pornic in Brittany, France, for almost thirty years. For the first time, artists from both twinned areas have been brought together for a very special project and exhibition of artwork, inspired by the cultural exchange. In 2017 three British artists - Angela and David Chalmers, and myself - visited Pornic to soak up the colours, light and culture of the town and make artwork in response to it, and four French artists - Fabienne Alliou-Lucas, BIVAN, Nadya Tara and Cathy Lodziak - visited Scarborough to do the same. It was a unique and truly memorable experience for all of us and we formed lasting friendships and cultural connections. We met so many lovely people who welcomed us into their lives and homes!
This year saw the fruits of our labour as we exhibited firstly in Scarborough in June, with the exhibition then moving to Pornic in September, where it will be on display until 14th October at La Chapelle de l'Hopital and the Maison du Chapitre - both are beautiful venues and well worth a visit. The exhibition encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, cyanotype and installation and each artist has interpreted the experience in their own individual way. Watch the video here, created by Fabienne Alliou-Lucas.
A huge thank-you to all our generous sponsors, including Unison Colour pastels, for making this project a reality. Thanks also to the mayors of Scarborough and Pornic and everyone involved with the organisation of the project.