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From painting in the dark to creating clay creatures
The centre of Tamworth in Staffordshire will soon be awash with colour and creativity when the popular Art Attack project returns with a series of interesting and unusual arts activities for people of all ages to take part in. Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team are bringing their hugely successful and award-winning event back to the town for a third year on Saturday 12 October. And it is completely free for people to get involved in. Art Attack is open to people of all ages and abilities, offering budding or accomplished artists the opportunity to 'have a go' at art with a difference. Professional artists and illustrators will be on hand to offer guidance and assistance, allowing people to express their creativity in an exciting and original way. Activities include paintball art, swinging on a pendulum paint pourer, art in the dark and painting with remote control cars.
The Tamworth event was so successful in its first year that more than 1,000 people attended. For this year's Art Attack it is hoped to draw even more local residents and visitors to the town to get people playful with their creativity. As well as the involvement of professional artists, Ankerside Shopping Centre in the centre of Tamworth is also supporting Art Attack again this year, offering a mix of unusual creative activities inside. This will include Art in the Dark, where people will be able to brighten up a dark space with ultraviolet painting. The aim is to help create a collaborative gallery exhibition - a fantastic ultraviolet, fluorescent wonderland. Other activities in Ankerside include Pendulum Paint in which participants can pour, twirl, swing and play their way to their own masterpiece by swinging on a pendulum paint pourer and create a gravity-fueled floor painting.
If that is not enough to whet the creative appetite, art-lovers can also have a go at using a converted remote-controlled car to 'paint pit-stops' with the paint roller wheels, go wild on the Spirograph tables and create countless, individual and colourful spiral designs with the geometric drawing toy, create amazing and beautiful paintings on paper using eco-friendly bubble blowers, made from recycled materials, and coloured bubble solution, and attend a drop-in workshop where you will be able to make special lanterns to carry in this year's Christmas lantern parade in November. The session will be led by popular Tamworth artist, Maggie Carney, who will be on hand to help the children create their designs. Meanwhile, there will be other activities elsewhere in the town. They include Clay Creatures, where people are encouraged to create a tree spirit and curious clay creature to be placed in the trees of Tamworth Castle Grounds, and Urban Canvas, whereby participants can grab a stick of charcoal and chalk, sit down on a cushion under the Town Hall, and draw their favourite game, thing or character.
All activities take place between 10am and 4pm. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. More information on arts and events in Tamworth is available at: www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk