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From ultra violet painting to creating clay creatures
Hundreds of people of all ages got creative as Art Attack returned with a splat to Tamworth town centre. The Staffordshire market town came alive with colour and creativity on Saturday 12 October as the popular program of art came back for the third year running. The variety of free arty activities took place at several locations around Tamworth town centre including Ankerside Shopping Centre, under the Town Hall, and in the Castle Grounds. Organised by Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team in conjunction with Ankerside Shopping Centre, South Staffordshire College, and local professional artists, the event offered people the chance to have a go at art with a difference.

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People of all ages got creative for Art Attack


Activities in Ankerside Shopping Centre included pendulum painting, ultra-violet art in the dark, painting with remote control cars, bubble art, creating art with colourful tape, and Spirograph drawings. Outside the shopping centre, budding artists were able to let their creative juices flow by creating clay models in the Castle Grounds. The activities were again led by local artist Andy Nash, with artists Hannah Noble, Chris Titley and Charis McNerlin also playing a key role. They were supported by a team of 25 art and design students from South Staffordshire College, where Andy is a lecturer. There was no shortage of people getting crafty as the event used up 70 rolls of tape, 35kg of modelling clay, more than 200 sheets of paper and 20 litres of paint. This year, youngsters were also able to make special lanterns to carry in this year's Christmas lantern parade which will form a key part of the festive lights switch-on taking place on Sunday 24 November. For more information please visit www.tamworth.gov.uk/lantern-workshops-2019.

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Demonstrating ultra-violet art in the dark


Councillor John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Culture and Operational Services, said: "Art Attack is a great event, giving families the chance to try something new and creative, completely free of charge. Whether they purposely visited as they had been to a previous event, or stumbled upon the activity, lots of people got involved and it was really good to see the town buzzing with activity. As well as encouraging people to get arty, Art Attack is also a real boost to the town centre, giving people that extra special element to their visit to Tamworth." Andy Nash said: "It was a great day once again; it was consistently busy with more visitors than in previous years. The creativity was relentless which is just how we like it. The event is gaining momentum and people are loving it. This year, 25 art and design students supported the event by leading some of the activities to count towards their work experience requirements for the course.

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The pavement under the Town Hall became an easel

"As well as encouraging members of the public to get artistic, Art Attack is also really important behind the scenes as it gives the art students some relevant hands on work experience. It is through fantastic, real life opportunities like that our learners get the competitive edge and increased confidence when it comes to progressing their futures, either directly into creative industries or onto HE courses at university. I am extremely proud of all my students' achievements and professionalism on the day."

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Why? People of all ages get arty in Tamworth
When: Saturday 12 October
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA
Cost: Free
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