During a normal year for Golowan Festival you’ll see, in each of the Mazey Day Parades, wonderful parade structures which have been imaginatively designed and created to fit each year’s festival theme. These parade images are created by children and staff from local schools working with local artists.
In 2021 local schools will again be creating parade structures based on the festival theme of Celebrations. However, things will be somewhat different as the structures, instead of being paraded down Market Jew Street, will be placed on-site in Morrab Gardens, Penzance. The public will be able to follow a trail around the gardens whilst they view each school’s creation.
Below is a little info about some of the artists that regularly work with schools during Golowan, with images of parade pieces they have worked on in previous years.
Amanda Lorens is a freelance visual artist and art educator based in Penzance. She is a highly experienced workshop leader specialising in leading sculpture workshops, giant carnival image making, lantern making, animation filmmaking, as well as general mixed media art workshops with young people. Amanda works in primary and secondary schools with children of all ages and abilities, as well as galleries, colleges and for arts festivals all over the country.
Amanda is one of the Golowan founding artists, and she has worked in local primary and secondary schools for many years, making some of the magnificent giant processional images that are seen parading through the town on Mazey Day.
Chris Nixon has been involved in the Golowan Festival for over 20 years, in various roles. He has a studio at Krowji in Redruth, making paintings and 3D work. Chris works as a community artist in education, outdoor celebration and theatre.
David Eddy has worked with both Mousehole and Newlyn schools on their Golowan images for fifteen years. In that time he has created a wide variety of pieces, from large animals to curious machines, but some that stand out as his favourites include the Indian elephant, the statue of Athena, the fully rigged Newlyn sailing lugger and Merlin the magician.
As well as painting and making things, David is a qualified primary school teacher. If you are interested in David’s work or if you’d like information about him working with your school, community group or business, he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .