World-renowned artist and sculptor Ginger Gilmour has helped to launch Love Littlehampton Arts Week by displaying a piece of her work in the Civic Centre.
The piece, entitled ‘The Swimmer’, will be in the foyer of the building in Maltravers Road as part of the Littlehampton Arts Trail, which features work by local artists in 25 businesses and public buildings in the town.
It was one of the pieces Ginger, who lives in Arundel, created for the London 2012 Olympics, along with her famous 12-foot sculpture, ‘Flame of the Spirit’, which was formerly on display at London Heathrow Airport.
Ginger, who has a studio in Littlehampton, said: “I chose this piece for the arts week as its symbolic essence represents being at one with ourselves, with the sea and with each other.
“The vision of my artwork is to uplift the heart of the viewer and for each of us to remember the Beauty that we are in order that we can beautify all that we do. For as food nourishes our bodies, beauty nourishes the spirit.
“I support the arts week because it gives local artists the chance to showcase their work and for it to be enjoyed by all.”
The Love Littlehampton Arts Week, which runs from 15-22 July 2017, kicks off on Saturday with Festival in the Park - a free all-day event on Caffyn’s Field featuring circus skills workshop under the big tent, as well as live entertainment from local musicians, bands and performers.
Other highlights include Picnic on the Green on Wednesday 19 July from 6-8pm on Stage-by-the-Sea featuring a live concert by the Bamboo Band, and a production of the play ‘Flare Path’ by Terence Rattigan by The Stage Door Theatre Company at The Windmill on July 19-22.
For more information about Love Littlehampton Arts Week, go to https://www.facebook.com/LittlehamptonLoveFestival/