Monday, 14 June 2010

The Arty Village


The famous Whitstable Biennale starts on Saturday, offering two weeks packed with weird arty installations and unexpected creativity. Criticised by some for being too elitist, the Biennale is always well organised, highly inventive and brings visitors to the town outside the peak summer holiday season.

Last Bienalle, Malcolm's hut was covered with a huge knitted tea cosy. This time Keith's hut (Hut 14) will be the subject of an art installation called "The ontological possibility of Utopia"by Jack Brindley, David Spraggs and Charles Brown.

The Village celebration of all things arty started early when our longest serving resident artist, Michael Richardson (Hut 5) was selected for the Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition. This is a huge accolade as this year only a few hundred selections were made from over 11,000 entries.

It means Michaels work will hang alongside the likes of Tracy Emin, Antoni Tapies and Gillian Ayres and he is likely to be (even more) coveted by some of the leading galleries.

Michael spent some time as a sailmaker and yacht designer, so marine themes are his favourite but his sumbission for the RA was actually painted from a freezing snowy ditch near Goudhurst in the middle of winter.

This summer the arty village also offers Juanita Newton, Nina Harris, Printerior Design plus the exquisite silver creations from the new Harbour Smiths.

So this Biennale check out the art scene at the arty and creative Whitstable Harbour Village.