Window Wanderland 2023

Window Wanderland  – Amazing illuminated artwork for Chard Town Centre

Somerset Art Works and artist Richard Tomlinson have been running school and community workshops to create vibrant illuminated artworks for the Culturally Chard Window Wanderland celebrations.

Community made window displays have popped up in Chard Town Centre and will be on display until 19th March 2023.

Over recent weeks residents of Chard have been busy working with local artist Richard Tomlinson to create these mixed media artworks. As the evening draws on the artworks light up. Lace making in Chard was a big industry, Holyrood Lace Mill manufactured plain net from 1829 to 1946. This piece of history inspired participants to explore a more decorative approach to lace design. People got busy developing their paper cutting skills and created simple, but beautiful, lace designs. Our budding artists were also keen to represent the idea of a modern, busy and bustling town and so included paper-chains of residents within their artwork.

As well as getting really crafty, people experimented with the creative potential of digital image making. Using a green screen and digital video techniques we made an animated moving image sequence. This digital artwork was projected onto the large windows of Chard Guildhall on Saturday 11th March for the community to enjoy.

Many thanks to all the amazing local people who created artwork for Window Wanderland in Chard in 2023: Avishayes Community Primary School, Manor Court Community Primary School, The Redstart Primary School, Holyrood Academy, Chard Watch, Chard Community Hub and members of the public who attended open sessions at Chard Museum.

Culturally Chard is the Chard High Street Heritage Action Zone cultural programme, funded by Historic England, Arts Council England and the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

A CULTURALLY CHARD project, coordinated by Somerset Art Works.

Window Wanderland events originated in Bristol and happen all around the country. Wanderlands bring neighbourhoods together, reduce social isolation, and inspire creativity. #windowwanderland

Projection Event at Chard Guildhall 11 March 2023
Full Animation Sequence 8 mins
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