COAST festival promises fun for all ages

Things are gearing up for the launch of this year's COAST Festival at Banff and Macduff.
Things are gearing up for the launch of this year's COAST Festival at Banff and Macduff.

This year’s COAST festival is ready for launch from May 22 to 24.

The festival of the arts is an annual weekend of events which takes place in the beautiful Banffshire coast towns of Banff and Macduff.

There will be a programme of visual art, music, workshops and participatory events, many of which are family friendly.

The programme features the work of international, national, and locally acclaimed artists in a wide range of venues including Duff House, Banff Castle, Macduff Town Hall and Tarlair.

2015 is the International Year of Light. Light in this area has long been an inspiration for artists, and this year COAST will feature a range of events that various aspects on the theme of light.

The festival will feature the internationally acclaimed glass artist Keiko Mukaido, whose work will be exhibited in Duff House. Mukaidos exhibits will relate to the installation ‘Light of the North’ as shown at Tate St Ives in 2006.

Duff House will also be host to glass artist Clair Wilson whose work is inspired by glass blowing techniques, the artist interlaces different glass processes to create her work.

Iconic landmarks will be the base of a ‘Sound and Light’ project delivered by John McGeoph.

Site specific imagery is to be projected on to buildings in the two towns. This project is funded by Aberdeenshire Council Public Art Fund.

Banff Castle will once again host a variety of artists including Aminder Virdee exhibiting work designed to shed light on misconceptions surrounding disability.

Alison Simpson will be showing a large Paper and Light installation, Sarah Jameison will deliver a paper workshop and show her work.

Shaun Fraser will show a selection of his glass sculptures.

The Banff Art Club will also be showing a representative selection of members work.

Macduff Town Hall will host “Lighted Rooms” This year the main hall will be divided into six rooms for six separate shows, all with a theme that relates to light.

The artists exhibiting are Theo Shields, Graeme Whipps, Bibo Keeley, David Watson Hood, Hazel Prichard and Debbie Plaskett.

Events take place throughout the two towns so this is an opportunity to explore and discover. Full details will be provided in the COAST programme.