Bridlington’s Waves of Art goes digital for 2021

East Yorkshire seaside resort Bridlington is set to unveil a digital high tide of creativity next month with an online festival designed to boost inner creativity.

Organisers of the ArtWaves Festival had hoped to host its biggest visual art showcase to date, this spring, with a vibrant festival of traditional, digital, contemporary and urban art.

However, current Covid restrictions mean this year’s Festival has had to go virtual.

So, Artwaves will be back, albeit digitally for 2021, featuring bookable online workshops throughout the week, 1st – 7th March, with the bulk of free online programming taking place on the 6th and 7th March.

But organisers still hope to bring a taste of the colourful and popular festival atmosphere back to Bridlington this summer.

Plans are underway to stage a special ‘ArtWaves Spin Off’ this August in the East Yorkshire resort, with installations, live art and walkabout puppets, alongside the independent galleries of Bridlington.

Aimed at local families, as well as visitors with a passion for the arts – whether experienced artists, or those simply looking to try something new and get creative – the 2021 Festival was due to be hosted at the resort’s premier events space, the Bridlington Spa, and around the sea front.

But now instead of physical events in the town, a series of paid-for and free workshops, demonstrations, clips and activities will allow visitors to get creative virtually.

Among free events are sessions with the Hull Beats Bus, which aims to build confidence and give the younger generation a voice through music and arts workshops, and a chance to put some colour into your life with artist Sophie Walker and her ‘Colour Me Happy’ activity.

Normally at ArtWaves visitors can also pick up an activity map to explore the festival, but for the virtual event organisers have come up with a ‘creative pack’ that you can buy (or download for free) at minimal cost, filled with activities and resources.

The main digital ArtWaves elements will be streamed on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram.

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