This Sunday, 600 handmade sailcloth flags created by local people, will be installed around Blyth’s iconic beach huts
Blue Flag, an installation of 600 handmade sailcloth flags created by local people, artists and schoolchildren will be installed Blyth Beach in front of the iconic beach huts this Sunday.
The installation by Great Northumberland, is part of Headway Arts’ arts partnership with The Blyth Tall Ship, entitled Inspiration Exploration.
Volunteers and organisers from Headway Arts will install the 600 blue flags from 10:07am (after high-tide) and they will be in situ throughout the day until the tide returns at 10:30pm.
Each flag has been created using cyanotype photoreactive techniques, which means the flag ‘develops’ into a bold Prussian blue colour when exposed to sunlight, and there’s been plenty of that over the past few weeks as hundreds of local people have attended workshops at Headway Arts to design and create their own flags to be part of the art piece.
The installation is celebrating the voyage of Captain William Smith, who was the first captain to discover Antarctica, and the flag-makers have been asked to take inspiration from Captain Smith’s journey to Earth’s Southernmost continent.
Allie Walton-Robson, Creative Director, Headway Arts, says: “We can’t wait to welcome everyone to this free event celebrating Blyth and our local history, we would encourage visitors to arrive at the beach for around 10:30am on Saturday to see the six hundred flags being installed, or from 12:30pm to see the installation in all its glory!”
Part of the Great Exhibition of the North ‘Inspired By’ programme and designed specifically to get visitors to the region to explore the country’s most northerly county, Great Northumberland offers a range of unique, family-friendly, events, activities and adventures many of which are free of charge. Sign up for the newsletter on the website to find out about all Great Northumberland events across the Summer. Find out more at greatnorthumberland.co.uk.
Blue Flag is at Blyth beach from 10:00am to 10:30pm on Sunday 19th August.