St Andrew's Art Centre event
St Andrew’s Arts Centre opened its doors for a Heritage Open Day for the first time in months on Saturday 19 September. The church, which has been used for some wonderful arts activity over the many years has been shut since March due to covid restrictions. Strictly adhering to the rule of six, more than 70 visitors, including the Deputy Mayor Cllr Lyn Milner, came along throughout the day. Not only were there historical interpretation panels about St Andrew’s but five artists who had been commissioned by the council’s Make It Arts Grants scheme were able to demonstrate the work that they had done with the community during lock down.
The Make it Arts Grants were awarded to Daisy Farris and Nicola Flowers, Laurence Camilleri, Ihsan A, Tania Holland Williams and Wendy Daws for their work which ranged from interpretative dance to song writing and visual arts to 360 film making.
Along with the exhibition and open day in St Andrew’s the waterfront was awash with other activity including Swinging the Lead performing raucous sea shanties on board LV21 and two rather mischievous pirates celebrating Talk Like a Pirate day.
Cllr Shane Mochrie-Cox, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure also attended the events and took the opportunity to launch ‘A Creative Gravesham’ which is the councils first Arts and Culture strategy running from 2020 – 2025 which espouses the vision that Gravesham will be the cultural and artistic hub of North Kent.
Shane said: “The role of arts and culture in building strong, cohesive communities has long been recognised and this challenging year has caused harm to many sectors including the arts and culture. Therefore, I was delighted to attend St Andrew’s Arts Centre at the weekend not only to see the wonderful creative art that has been created as part of our new, regular, Arts Grant programme but also to launch ‘A Creative Gravesham’ which is the Borough Council’s new, long term, Arts and Cultural Strategy which promotes a vision for the creative communities of the Borough, to ensure that Gravesham will be the cultural and artistic hub of North Kent and highlights this Administrations strategic support to the creative sector and the talent within which we wish to see thrive and succeed in partnership with the community. “