Art meets science at long-established Welborne Arts Festival

The full size replica of the West Runton mammoth takes a walk at the Welborne Arts Festival. On the

The full size replica of the West Runton mammoth takes a walk at the Welborne Arts Festival. On the legs are front (L) Jim Boulter and Jeremy Moore. Back legs (L) Suzie Lay and Patricia Day. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Boundaries were broken as the wonders of art and science were celebrated at a long-established festival.

Dubbed as the biggest village-based contemporary arts festival in Norfolk, the 11th edition of the Welborne Arts Festival saw some 1,500 people descend on the small village near Dereham over the weekend.

This year's event carried an art-meets-science theme and saw the giant, full-sized replica of the West Runton Mammoth walk Welborne's Rectory Meadow.

Mad scientist Dr Ken showed his audience how to save the planet within his 45-minute performance and visitors got the chance to see a sneak preview of a comedy-musical about Marie Curie, the scientist, before the production goes to the Edinburgh Festival.

Retired scientist Margaret Boulton, joint organiser of the biennial festival, who lives in nearby Mattishall, said: 'I've long want to get some science into the arts festival.

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'The requirements of a scientist are not dissimilar from those of an artist - you need to be innovative, creative, you have to have close attention to detail.

'The feedback we are getting is great. People really like to see the mixture of art and science and people are increasingly crossing those boundaries.'

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Artists over the weekend included former Norwich University of the Arts student Andrew Logie, who curated a science-inspired exhibition, and resident artists David Ord Kerr, who was on hand to offer advice and gave visitors the chance to contribute to his artwork.

Suzie Lay, who is behind the creation of the West Runton Mammoth, said: 'To come to a festival that's all about collaboration of art and science is perfect for us.

'The elephant is a feat of engineering but equally there has been a lot of artistic input.'

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