Summer at the Beach: Community Event Celebrates Local Creative Talent

6/7, 13/14 and 20/21 July 2019

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Summer at the Beach, which brings together an eclectic mix of artistic talent as part of the Cambridge Open Studios event along with a range of local creative and community activities, during the first three weekends in July.

Each year, Summer at the Beach adds exciting new events and activities that attract people from the local community and the wider area. This year’s event, which is being held at Waterbeach Barracks for the fourth year running, will include:

  • Cambridge Open Studios Exhibition – with nine local artists displaying a range of paintings, prints, illustrations, photography, sculpture and textiles.
  • The Beach Sessions – showcasing original music in intimate spaces.
  • The Repair Café – so you can bring your broken objects along to be fixed, free of charge, by a panel of volunteer experts.
  • Pop Up Café – with a fantastic choice of delicious, home-baked goodies.
  • The Cafe Gallery – exhibition area for local residents to display artwork and crafts.
  • Graffiti Art Commission – watch internationally renowned artist Irony create a new artwork specifically for Waterbeach Barracks (painted on the village green on 13 July).
  • Art workshops – Graffiti Art demonstration and skills workshop by street artist Irony,
  • Talks and technical demonstrations from local artists using a range of different mediums.
  • The Great Nepal Book Swap – donate your unwanted books and discover new authors and genres to satisfy even the most ardent reader – with proceeds going to an orphanage in Nepal.
  • Giant Painting – help make a huge picture big enough to be seen by an aeroplane and watch it be filmed by a drone.
  • Artist Talk – hear author Guinevere Glasfurd-Brown talk about her exciting Arts Council Commissioned placemaking project to record and document the personal histories and memories of Waterbeach Barracks.
  • Memory Space – where visitors can come and record their own personal stories about the Barracks and experience those of others.
  • We Love Waterbeach – stunning images of the village from local photographers.

Last year, the 50 metres long terrace area that used to store the Royal Engineers’ vehicles, was transformed into the largest single art insultation in the Cambridge Open Studios event. The buildings, which are very evocative of their period, were a focal point that sparked many people’s imagination and it will be interesting to see how they are utilised at this year’s event.

On the ground outside the garages, local artists painted a life-size silhouette of a Lancaster using 70 litres of white emulsion paint. A life-size Spitfire was also painted on the ground and visitors of all ages where invited to add their artist talents.

Gideon Pain, local artist and event coordinator, said: “Summer at the Beach is becoming a well-established community event that attracts more diverse and exciting creative talents from within the Waterbeach area each year. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy, whatever their interests, and we’re planning to bring back some old favourites as well as new activities to this year’s event.”

If you live locally and have an artistic or creative talent you would like to showcase at this year’s event, contact Gideon Pain at gideonpain@hotmail.com.

More information on this year’s events are available on the Summer at the Beach website www.summeratthebeach.co.uk.