An art extravaganza will be showcasing work from a variety of local artists, performers and groups from across the community in St Albans this summer.
Known as GO2, the project includes a series of art exhibitions and performances focused on “Celebrating Creativity, Discarding Labels”.
As part of the project, local artist Aron Glasser will be exhibiting at Trestle Arts Base until Friday 10 July. He is also curating a virtual exhibition of work from local artists, including Katharine Scambler, Sebastian Stanley, Clive Patterson, Samantha Hurley, Bianca Judd and Nayeem Samad.
Pupils from St Luke’s Foundation School in Redbourn have also been working with professional photographer Pete Stevens to develop an exhibition. Their work offers a glimpse into life at their school and is on display throughout June at The Inn on the Park in Verulamium Park.
The GO2 project extends to the performing arts and music. Five local groups have each created shows for the Alban Street Festival that takes place on Sunday 21 June.
The Alban Street Festival is one of the highlights of the summer with free entertainment and activities in St Peter’s Street running from 12 noon to 6pm. There will be spectacular street performers, children’s activities, food, arts and crafts stalls and two live music stages hosting acts such as Swanvesta Social Club.
As part of the GO2 project, ActOne ArtsBase will perform a dance piece and lead a public workshop for aspiring dancers attending the Alban Street Festival. They recently delivered a preview of their dance routines to St Albans shoppers. The group’s spectacular flash-mob dance performance drew an enthusiastic response from passers-by and has attracted lots of hits on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4asHndcloY
Electric Umbrella has also been rehearsing an all new line up to present rock and pop at the Alban Street festival. They will be joined at the festival by a group of performers from Pioneer Approaches who will be playing original music based on their Rumbles project. These performers aim to pay people compliments, serenade people with songs they have written, and use comedy and slapstick to cheer them up. To get the party started, the UR Crew will be bringing their DJing skills to town for a rare daylight appearance, spinning an eclectic mix of tracks. The Purple Allstars will also take to the stage using dance and song to deliver health messages in an exciting and energetic way.
GO2 is focused on promoting inclusivity and artists from marginalised groups. It is provided by St Albans City and District Council is and organised by St Albans Arts Team, part of the Council’s leisure contractor 1Life.
You can keep up to date with all the GO2 activity at www.go2live.tumblr.com