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ArtWaves Festival Programme Released

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ArtWaves has today announced their full programme of events for the fourth visual arts festival returning to Bridlington Spa on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May, with the ArtWaves Fringe running from Monday 7 May.

This year is set to be the biggest visual art showcase yet, bringing traditional, digital, contemporary and urban art through a vibrant programme curated for all; from the experienced artist to those simply looking to get creative.

The 2018 programme will see the highly anticipated return of artists from previous ArtWaves alongside an elective mix of new artists to create the festival line up. There will be demonstrations from award winning artists, masterclasses, workshops, installations, live street art, sand art, an open air painting competition and much more.

Those with a passion for art can sign up for a number of bookable workshops in a range of art forms, for varied experience levels, early booking is advisable with some workshops already at limited availability.

For the younger audience the Arts Award adventure is back; taking youngsters on a creative journey through a variety of activities such as; street art, messy activities, air clay, installation building and sand art.

ArtWaves is building on the heritage of street art in the area by commissioning a new strand of the festival and expanding on the urban twist offering from previous years. Up to 20 street artists spraying approximately 150 metres of space is set to be quite the visual spectacular at Bridlington Park and Ride.

Other new areas for 2018 include the Submerge commissions, supporting emerging artists to turn concept into creation through a mentored scheme, The ArtWaves Paint Out, a new open air painting competition running at the Harbour on Saturday 12 May, a series of fringe events by third party organisations in the run up to the main weekend, expanded community and outreach projects across the area and the first Children's exhibition to be staged.

2018 will see the return of the highly anticipated ArtWaves Open Exhibition. This is now live for entries with the closing date of Friday 6 April; all details can be found on the website. There will be a number of cash prizes available and all selected entries will be displayed in the Spa Gallery from Monday 7 May 2018.

Festival Director Lauren Frost said, "ArtWaves is coming back bigger and better than ever before, I am thrilled to be bringing such a vast mix of visual art into the East Riding. We are working incredibly hard behind the scenes to bring everything together and introducing a series of new elements for 2018. The growth ArtWaves has taken over the last few years is fantastic, I hope that this year's programme reflects that development and visitors and residents enjoy all the activities and opportunities on offer."

Councillor Richard Burton, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Tourism and Culture said "ArtWaves has grown from strength to strength with the events highest attendee number being reached in 2017, we're confident that the number will increase once again this time around. For the fourth year the festival is branching out of Bridlington Spa and integrating itself into the surrounding area, enabling the opportunities available to reach more people and introduce new forms of art.

The festival not only supports the local tourism and economic development but brings a vibrant programme of activities for all ages to get involved and try their hand at something creative."

The official festival programme is available in print and online at