Leamington: Art in the Park
On Sunday (7th August), I went along to the second day of Leamington's 'Art in the Park'. This is a well established annual event held in Jephson Gardens. It always seems to draw a large crowd, particularly on sunny days - and last Sunday was certainly one of those.
We walked into the park past a group of guys spray-painting a mural on boards attached to the park railings, and as we reached the park itself we had to navigate around a vast cat's cradle of yarn and other materials through which various small children were gleefully threading themselves.
The theme for this year was 'camouflage', celebrating the role Leamington played in developing camouflaging strategies and techniques during World War II. Among the artworks there were many references to things being hidden or disguised. Quite a few of the park's trees and even the famous pump rooms across the road had been 'yarn-bombed'!
What's great about Art in the Park is how inclusive it is. There's something for everyone, from art for sale, to demonstrations of art being created, to workshops where you can try something new without signing up for an expensive course. Plus a wide range of food stalls (so many of them looked fantastic - it was a really tough decision choosing where to have lunch!), as well as live music and various other entertainment throughout the day.
There was masses to keep the kids entertained, too. One of the biggest hits appeared to be this crazy contraption, assembled from all sorts of household junk:
It reminded me a little of the board game, Mousetrap. Essentially it was just a selection of tubes, buckets, drainpipes, wire mesh, and baskets cobbled together to form a network of runways for dozens of coloured balls to roll along. Proving that things don't have to be high-tech to be fun, this kept a small army of children (plus a good few adults) entertained for ages.
It was good to see the event so well supported, and everybody there looked like they were having fun. We were definitely lucky with the weather, but even if it hadn't been such a nice day it would have been well worth a visit. It's also nice to see what a lot of artistic talent there is in and around the area. It's hard not to feel inspired by so many different ideas and so much creativity on display. I hope my photos do them justice.