Make a splash for sea swimming art project

Making a splash! Looking forward to their first Sea Swim on Saturday morning, organised by writer John Wedgewood-Clark(kneeling centre) and artist Lara Goodband(right), from their special 'art gallery' chalets near the Spa.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  112478a    18/06/11
Making a splash! Looking forward to their first Sea Swim on Saturday morning, organised by writer John Wedgewood-Clark(kneeling centre) and artist Lara Goodband(right), from their special 'art gallery' chalets near the Spa. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112478a 18/06/11

Sea swimming will be brought back into fashion this week-end for a creative arts project which will include a series of free events.

“Sea Swim”, which has seen hundreds of people dip their toes in the North Sea since it began in June last year, returns on Saturday and Sunday.

The scheme is part of ‘Imove’, Legacy Trust UK’s celebratory programme for Yorkshire and part of the Cultural Olympiad.

The project explores the relationship between Scarborough, swimming in the sea and creativity, and includes public swims, workshops, performances and artist residencies for all ages and abilities.

It is the brainchild of writer John Wedgwood Clarke and 
curator Lara Goodband, who both live in Scarborough.

Mr Wedgwood Clarke said: “Over the last year we have been swept away by the fantastic work that has been produced by the general public as they embrace the joy they have experienced from swimming in the sea. Whether making them reflective or elated, the swims have inspired everyone involved.

“The resulting pop-up exhibition sampling their work, as well as that of talented film-makers, professional writers and textile artists will, I hope, continue to motivate more people to jump in and get involved throughout the summer.”

Events held over The Big Swim Weekend are:

Saturday: Scarborough Art Gallery, 10am to noon - Sea Swim Artistic Director Lara Goodband interviews people about their first memories of swimming.

2pm to 4pm, ‘Sea Jewels’ - A children’s workshop for children aged three to 11 with sea swimmer Sarah Peattie. Using sisal string, driftwood, sea glass, shells and stones (all collected locally) participants will make very simple driftwood mobiles and/or necklaces.

Beach Huts 237 & 238, South Bay, 2pm to 4pm - ‘Swimming Home’ - a drop-in session to talk with the co-artistic directors, John Wedgwood Clarke and Lara Goodband. All ages (children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult).

Sunday: South Bay, noon to 2pm - ‘The Big Swim’ - A chance for everyone to make their debut dip or have a serious swim; young and old are invited to make a splash and join sea swimmers to enjoy the bracing North Sea, followed by welcome refreshments in the beach huts.

Scarborough Art Gallery. 2.30pm to 3.30pm - John Wedgwood Clarke will give a poetry reading, perform the Sea Swim manifesto and ask visitors to offer their memories of swimming.

More swims are planned throughout the summer.