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Maritime Art Weekend

Published: 30/05/2018

It’s a weekend of art from Saturday, 2 June to Sunday, 3 June at the Kathleen and May Heritage Centre on Dock Road, Connah’s Quay. The Quay Watermen’s Association (QWA) and Flintshire County Council’s Coastal Rangers have teamed up to bring old and new artwork for everyone to enjoy in a first of its kind event for Flintshire’s coast. Funded by the Heritage Lottery as part of the “Putting the Quay back into Connah’s Quay Project”, the weekend aims to use art to reconnect people with the river and its heritage. Activities will run from 9.30am -5 pm each day. On Saturday, 2 June come and see chainsaw sculptor, Ian Murray, at work on the dockside or on Sunday, 3 June youngsters will have the chance to try pebble painting with Ronnie Rocks and boatbuilding with Wow Factor. The weekend sees a rare opportunity to view an exhibition of the work of Buckley artist, the late James Bentley, who painted extensively along the River Dee and scenes along the old Buckley to Connah’s Quay railway line. His paintings give a unique view of Flintshire’s industrial and maritime heritage. There will also be an opportunity on both days to create your own chalk masterpiece on the Riverside Gallery viewpoint. Cllr. Carolyn Thomas, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside said; “This promises to be a wonderful weekend of art, fun and a celebration of our local history and heritage and I would encourage people to come along to enjoy the wonderful riverside location. “Flintshire County Council and the QWA are working in partnership to deliver the HLF project with Coastal Rangers supporting the delivery of the project alongside the QWA project officer.” Any local artist who would like the opportunity to display their work can contact the QWA on 01244 532352 for further details. All are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.

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