It’s an honour to have been asked to be Visual Arts Lead/Manager for IW Pride and over the last 3 weeks I have been planning the logistics of this wonderful creative challenge. I am in the process of finalising no less than 10 extensive art projects with IW artists, communities, schools and colleges leading up to end of June, plus a range of art-based activities designed for all ages run by artists on site throughout the day itself (15th July).
Art can be an evocative and accessible channel for communicating important messages sensitively through different forms and media. I see it as my job to make sure that IW Pride is not only presented as a welcoming, positive and rainbow-coloured occasion, but that there are plenty of creative and interactive opportunities for collaborative thought and communication.
On 15th July the Isle of Wight becomes the Isle of Pride – I’ll be posting regular blogs with pics with details about the creative work we’re making with groups from all over the island leading up to this date. My next post will list what we’re planning – if you see an IW Pride art project you’re interested in taking part in, just let me know!