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Funding Awarded For New Arts Projects In Sandown

Funding of £15,000 has been awarded to an arts organisation to fund three art residency projects in Sandown.

Boojum&Snark has been awarded the money by the Arts Council to fund the projects over the next ten months - with each project seeking to encompass elements that are unique to Sandown drawing inspiration from the town's culture, history and natural environment.

The residency opportunities will also provide support and growth for local self-employed art practitioners who have been adversely hit by the pandemic.

Julie Jones-Evans, Boojum&Snark co-founder, said:

“The Sandown Art Residency Projects provide an opportunity to get the community involved, exploring their own creativity as well as seeing Sandown through new eyes.

"It also builds on our support of the arts community and is a great way for us to spark conversations about Sandown.”

One commission set to feature, Chronicle, will shortly be advertised on Boojum&Snark’s social media.

This will focus on the Isle of Wight Chronicle archive which is held at Sandown Library inviting the artist to respond to the original source material and work with the community to produce an exhibition.

Ian Boyd of The Common Space, said:

“This is a fantastic project! Boojum&Snark is bringing brilliant Island artists right into the High Street and creating opportunities for people here in the Bay and beyond to join in.

"The brewery and bar is so important to Sandown, as a gallery, venue, meeting place and workspace and this project perfectly captures the Boojum spirit of celebrating the best of the past while actively building a better future, a hope that we all need to feel right now.” 

Whilst commonly presented as a rundown seaside town, Sandown has seen her fair share of great artists and thinkers including Lewis Carroll and Charles Darwin.

Carroll penned the famous nonsense poem, The Hunting of the Snark whilst on holiday there and Darwin began the abstract for the Origin of Species whilst staying at the Kings Head Hotel.

It’s hoped that the work resulting from these projects will continue to add to the town's rich culture, proving that Sandown continues to inspire.

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