Artists to create a new French connection with twin town

Four French artists are linking Scarborough and France in a major and wide-ranging exhibition.

They are based in Pornic, a scenic coastal town in Pays de la Loire and known as the jewel of the Cote de Jade in the southern-most Atlantic port in Brittany.

The ancient town has been twinned with Newby and Scalby for the past 28 years and the art exhibition being planned for next year will be the first of its kind.

There would be an exhibition at the Woodend gallery art space in Scarborough, from June 14 to July 8 next year, and other venues in Scalby or Newby are also being considered.

It would coincide with a return visit of twinning members from Pornic.

They use a variety of techniques and real and abstract themes in photography, painting, engraving, drawing, textiles and sculpture.

The French artists are co-operating with three Scarborough-based artists – photographer and visual artist Angela Chalmers, photographer David Chalmers and painter and charcoal drawer Janine Baldwin – who would take part in a ‘twin’ exhibition in three showrooms in Pornic from September 15 to October 16.

The Pornic-based female quartet creating what they have named as the Territories 2018 Artistic Project who have come together under the label of Art Multiple are photographer and author Fabienne Alliou-Lucas, watercolour artist Cathy Lodziak, painter and sculptor Nadya Tara and painter, sculptor and watercolourist Brigitte Vanwynsberghe who works under the name of Bivan.

They aim to appeal to people of all ages and said: “We wish to contribute to a better knowledge of our areas and their inhabitants. We will also have an 80-page exhibition catalogue that will present each artist and which will be available for sale, reflecting the originality and different points of view.”

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