Lots of activities were organized in parallel with the launch of the Glynn Vivian Open exhibition on December 8th. The culture quarter was buzzing and heaving with visitors, participants and the odd celebrity. Elysium artists opened their studios whilst Galerie Simpson and Volcano Theatre organized a plethora of wonderfully inclusive events, happenings, competitions and exhibitions for anyone between the ages of 9 and 90. The brilliantly titled ‘Paint a Peter Blake Portrait competition’ was utterly fantastic, so refreshing and quite frankly, joyous. Sir Peter Blake came to drink tea and choose the winners, all in the best possible atmosphere.
The event was so inclusive and welcoming, even I couldn’t resist taking part. I made a puddle drawing which happened to have the same silhouetted profile as Peter Blake, what a coincidence!