rt on the Hill brought the streets of Newport alive this weekend with a celebration of creativity in the city. With visitors flocking to range of events, this year’s event has been hailed a success by organisers.
Music, painting, installation and digital illustration were just some of the things on offer, as members of the public were able to meet artists and enjoy their work.
The Indoor Market played host to Local Artists in Action, where artists were happy to talk about their creations and the processes involved. Meg Bateman, Pauline Price and Chris Hanbury were painting and creating throughout the event, allowing visitors to see art in the making.
When I visited the market Pauline’s painting was still developing; a moody sky loomed at the top of the piece. Later in the day organisers published the finished product on social media, which you can see below.
Meanwhile, political art and creative rebellion were suited perfectly to the eerie basement vibe of the Escape Room. Sound effects and live characters added to create a feast for all the senses, as visitors enjoyed artworks from Rise Propaganda, Dean Lewis and Consumersmith Art.
Other highlights of the weekend included; an interactive installation by Andrea Lloyd-Carney, a live blend of sound and image at Newport Cathedral, and an evening sketch party at Le Pub. With over fifty artists involved at sixteen venues, there really was something for everyone.
There was also a chance for visitors to get hands on, as Newport Museum & Art Gallery hosted bridge building workshops. Families were able to see original plans of the Transporter Bridge and then use a range of materials to create their own structures. Helpers were on hand to support construction, before putting bridges to the test.
Overall this was a fantastic weekend, which showcased some of the amazing talent that we have in Newport. Bringing artwork into the public domain is an important step in promoting the arts and developing the creativity at the heart of the city.
The organisers have already announced a return event next year, and personally I can’t wait. Well done to all involved and I look forward to a bigger and better 2018!
The images used in this article are all from the Art On The Hill Facebook page, visit their page for more photos and information about the event.