With a huge array of artists spread across the 3 Harbours Festival, there was no shortage of talent in the area. Among the artists with exhibitions in Cockenzie Power Station was local resident Wendy McCarroll Sandeman. Originally from Ireland, Wendy has a studio in Coburg House in Leith as well as working from her home in Cockenzie.
The environment was the dominant theme of Wendy’s display at this year’s exhibition. “I’ve been very concerned about the area because it’s actually a conservation area,” Wendy explains. “But because it’s a bit off the beaten track people don’t take as much care of it as they should”. Cockenzie and Port Seton also has some listed buildings and Wendy is concerned that the place might be disappearing a little bit. But she also feels the positive impact of events like the Festival on the community.
“It’s fantastic that the 3 Harbours Festival has started up because it’s really been very restorative for the area.” According to the artist, the Festival has encouraged people to think about the traditions and history of the area. The inspiration for Wendy’s work comes from the local environment and she seems to focus on the harbour tradition in her exhibition of paintings.The Irish artist spoke warmly about living in the area.
“It’s a fantastic place to live. It’s a very vibrant, very warm community. I’m originally from Ireland but I’ve very much adopted this as my second home”.
To learn more about Wendy and her work log on to her website: http://www.wendymccarrollsandeman.com/