Summer at the Beach

For three weekends in July, a group of local artists took over the entrance area to the Barracks for Summer at the Beach, part of the Cambridge Open Studios events. Over 500 people came along to see, experience and get involved in a range of artistic activities.

The event followed on from the phenomenally successful pop-up exhibition two years ago called A Day at the Beach, organised by a group of artists living and working in Waterbeach.

This summer, eight local artists put on the exhibition in the airy and spacious squash courts and the Community Room at Waterbeach Barracks.

The exhibition featured works from:

  • Theo Gayer-Anderson (sculptor)
  • Francesco Connola (painter)
  • Chris Evans (painter)
  • Karen Lewis (milliner)
  • Gideon Pain (painter)
  • Tarryn Porter (illustrator + graphic artist)
  • Andrew Taylor (painter)
  • Richard Youell (photographer + sound artist).

Community events running alongside the exhibition included the famous Waterbeach Pop-up Café on the first weekend; an exhibition of photographs and other memorabilia celebrating the people who make up the community; a paper aeroplane design and decoration workshop (with test flights) to acknowledge the role of the Barracks as an airbase in World War II and a sound environment installation including a comfy sofa to sit on.

Gideon Pain said:

“It was great to be able to have the exhibitions up across the three weekends and to hold activities around them to bring so many people and local artists together and to celebrate the place we all live. Waterbeach has quite an active artistic community and we hope we can build on A Day at the Beach and Summer at the Beach and make this a regular event.”

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