Based in East Lothian, this festival provides an opportunity for artists to display their work on an annual basis. The 3 Harbours Arts Festival is spread across the towns of Port Seton, Cockenzie and Prestonpans which are located east of Edinburgh city centre. It runs for a week from the last weekend in May to the first weekend in June. The 2011 session ran from 28th May to 5th June.
The slogan of the 3 Harbours Arts Festival is “art in unusual places” a mantra which is carried throughout. The term “art” is not confined to
3 Harbours Arts Festival. Courtesy of yourlocalweb.co.uk
painting or drawing but covers music, murals, photography, literature, dance, film, drama, crafts- the list is endless. One of the most interesting artists I encountered at this year’s event was a stonemason, Gardner Molloy. He had an impressive display of sculptures in the courtyard of his workshop along with portfolios of commissions and freelance work he has done in the past. Continue reading →
As this year’s 3 Harbours Festival drew to a close, one of the prime attractions was the Mural Fest in Cuthill Park, on the outskirts of Prestonpans. Six artists faced the task of painting a mural based on their interpretation of the John Lindsay poem “Scary Haven”. Among the artists was local woman Shelley Jones.
Shelley Jones and her mural
“I wanted to convey the idea of land merging into sea and sea turning into land” she explained. “In the poem the Topaz is the boat that gets stuck.” Shelley represents this idea in the main body of her mural. “The skeleton ships are stuck in the mud and they are never leaving.” There is an element of hope in the painting though as the artist indicated the lone vessel in the top-left corner of her work. “It’s the one that got away” she added with a smile. Continue reading →
The Mural Fest in Cuthill Park showcased the talents of 6 artists in Prestonpans on the final weekend of the 3 Harbours Festival. It was one of the main events wrapping up the week of art exhibitions. The painters created their murals based on their different interpretations of a given poem.
David Grigor is one of the artists who took part in the event. It was his third time participating in the Mural Fest and the artist obviously valued the experience.
“It’s the most expressive way of getting involved in it” he said. “It’s fantastic having people coming around just to look and ask questions”. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
Genevieve Bicknell is one of the young artists who took part in this year’s 3 Harbours Festival in East Lothian. Her exhibition was on display at the Cockenzie Power station, along with several other artists from the area. Genevieve is very positive on being part of the festival. “It’s a great chance to meet other artists”, she says. “It’s a really good way of being with others, seeing what they do and also having somewhere for your work to be seen by anyone else”. Continue reading →