Artist Helaina Sharpley will be creating a large-scale drawing and wire artwork at the Bandstand on the Promenade, Llandudno, on Monday 3 April and Tuesday 4 April, FILL THE VOID. The artwork has been commissioned by the Culture Action Llandudno CIC (CALL) project. Their aim is to use art and culture to revitalise the built environment and energise the community.
Helaina will be creating an artwork to represent how Llandudno pier and the Pier Pavilion might have looked prior to the fire which burnt the latter down in 1994.
Sabine Cockrill, Director at CALL says:
“The Pier Pavilion Theatre had an amazing history, first as a concert hall with the Rivière’s Orchestra [1886-1936], then as the home of fabulous variety shows till the 1960s. It was a hub of culture and entertainment for the community. We want to capture the history of this ‘Lost Space’ and ask people to view Helaina’s artwork and comment on their feelings and memories about this area of the town.”
Helaina will be at the Bandstand daily on 3 and 4 April. A ‘bathing machine’, kindly supplied by the LLAWN Arts Festival, will be available for people to write down their comments and stories. This project has been made possible by the collaborative initiative and financial support of the Arts Council Wales Ideas:People:Places grant and Mostyn Estates Ltd.
“Our project focuses on the culture of Llandudno and uses art to encourage interaction and promote discussion on the built environment that surrounds us. We are keen to explore the past and future of the Llandudno pier area, a key cultural location in the history and future of Llandudno.”
Marc Rees, the curator for this CALL project, has commissioned Helaina as her artworks combine the tradition of line drawing techniques with contemporary wire work.
“Helaina’s work expresses a sensitivity to the past and a contemporary energy that the future might bring. We encourage people to come and view the work as it happens and share their stories and comments on how art and culture can energise our community,” says Marc.
Helaina, who is based in West Yorkshire, creates two-dimensional and three-dimensional wirework pieces for galleries, shops and personal commissions in the UK and internationally. She is particularly influenced by the elegance of Edwardian Architecture and the Edwardian way of life. Her work has won awards at the British Craft Trade Fair, showcasing the best of contemporary British Craft and Art, and artist David Hockney owns two pieces of her work.
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