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illuminating hidden words

what started out as an long-standing idea by charlotte to transform scarborough’s italian gardens into a typographic trail became reality on saturday evening. over 150 people came down to explore this tucked away part of the south cliff, normally in total darkness but for one night only filled with light and music and with words from local young poets and songwriters.


the ‘hidden words’ were musings on life in scarborough – a mix of honest, revealing and optimistic thoughts that might ordinarily not be heard by such a wide audience. it was great to see so many people turn out and to hear such positive comments about the trail.



the trail of hidden words was made possible by funding from ideas tap (charlotte was one of 9 recipients selected from over 200 applicants) and with support from scarborough borough council. thank you!

a trail of hidden words

we’ve got a lot to be excited about right now at electric angel with some lovely design projects and public art commissions arriving from lincolnshire up to the lake district, but what’s promising to make us a bit giddy (and a tad nervous) this week is more local – the trail of hidden words.

charlotte has passion for putting words into the physical world, taking excerpts from poems and books and placing them in context. it’s one of the reasons she seemed such a good fit to join electric angel when james emigrated last year. this passion led her to apply to ideas tap who fund exciting creative projects by young people with her idea of using poetry and song lyrics by younger scarborough residents in one of scarborough’s public gardens.

saturday’s event is the culmination of this idea when the italian gardens on scarborough’s south cliff will be transformed at dusk with words and lights from local writers jamie mcgarry (founder of valley press), lee simpson & martin hughes (from band ‘everyone an army‘), ben sullivan (from ‘lazlo‘) and james koppert (rapper and founder of scarborough hip hip school.)

the event is free and takes place between 7.30-9.30. it’s suitable for all ages and has disabled access. head for the clocktower on the esplanade and you’ll find us.

the great typographic scavenger hunt

this weekend (25/26 august) i am ‘artist in residence‘ at the sea swim beach huts in scarborough’s south bay.

i’ll be encouraging whoever passes by to collect stuff off the beach to spell out a word they associate with swimming/splashing/paddling in the sea. i’m hoping that by the end of the weekend we have enough words to form a scratch poem entirely made from scavenged shells, pebbles, seaweed and whatever else the tide has brought it.

the rockpools and beach beyond the starmap are best for this. hightide is at lunchtime so the afternoon looks to be the best time to pop along and join in. it’d be great if you can make it. i’m officially in action from 10-4 so when the tide is in i’ll be around the area photographing previously collected stuff.

i’m also hoping to collect enough shells to form a complete alphabet which will be the start of a project i’m calling ‘shellvetica’ (see what i did there?). perhaps you can help with that too? stuff that’s created over the weekend will be posted on or linked from this blog so check back next week.

[image: 'scavenge' created from photos taken at scarborough south bay yesterday]

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