Art - Dialectic at
Old Market St Garage (continued)
The art on show is only one aspect of the project the two
have planned. “We want to attract people to this space
to show what it could be used for,” says Christine.
Outside the warehouse is a courtyard, which the two women
have cleared of the detritus left from the garage. Here they
have planned various events. The first week is aimed at young
people. To kick things off on Saturday at 2pm the Nobel-prize-winning
scientist Harry Kroto will be leading a sculpture workshop
showing how to make ‘Buckyballs’ (molecular models).
On Sunday there is an Artmart in which young people aged 14-24
can set up a free stall selling their work. Younger children
are welcome with their parents (there are still places available).
On Bank Holiday Monday artists of all ages are invited to
take a stall for £10: on the same day the Brighton-based
group Same Sky will be starting an all- week workshop which
teaches skills like mixed media, sculpture and graffiti.
And there’s more. “The three weeks will be loosely
themed,” says Christine. “The first week we want
to attract young people, the second is for the adults, and
the third will be aimed at schoolchildren.” There will
be a flower and plant market, a concert by various Starfish
bands, a poetry presentation by poets Grace Nicholls and Nicki
Jackowska. There will be a circus skills workshop. It’s
quite an event. As I leave there is a phone call, and news
of some new funding for the project. Both women are delighted,
and so am I. It’s refreshing to see such ambition. I’ll
certainly be back. AG