Artists give free workshops and encourage people to ‘have a go’ at creative festival

The Havago Festival at the Forum encouraging budding artists to 'have a go' at creating something. T

The Havago Festival at the Forum encouraging budding artists to 'have a go' at creating something. Twins Freya, left, and Poppy Crowland, 5, and their best friend, Kiera Otty, 5, right, make Lego patterns to print from. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

Hundreds of people flocked to a festival yesterday to have a go at creative projects they've never tried before.

The Havago Festival at the Forum encouraging budding artists to 'have a go' at creating something. J

The Havago Festival at the Forum encouraging budding artists to 'have a go' at creating something. Jim Elliott of the Mini-Scrapbox charity puts the felt feather he has made from scratch onto the paper mâché Boid, Horatio. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

The Havago festival at the Forum was organised by Norfolk artists Cordelia 'Doo' Spalding and Alison Atkins, who wanted to create an event that would bring out people's creative sides.

'It has been about six months in the making, we wanted to create an event for people to be inspired and realise the full diversity of creativity on offer in Norfolk,' said Alison.

The event, which runs again today from 10am until 8pm, features 40 different artists from across the county who work with a range of creative mediums.

Doo said: 'It's very rare to get the opportunity to have all these guises of art under one roof.

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The Havago Festival at the Forum encouraging budding artists to 'have a go' at creating something. Alfie Riches, 5, makes a piece of contemporary jewellery with artist Lieta Marziali. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014


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'There's everything from performance art all the way through to Egyptian dance to gold leafing.'

Among the demonstrating artists was 25-year-old Scott Johnson who exhibited some of his relief printing.

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He said: 'I'm introducing people to print making using Lego and the kids really picked it up and just went with it.

'It's really great because kids are attracted to Lego and it's suprising how sophisticated some of the prints are.'

The Norwich-based illustrator and print-maker said it was also important to meet people during the workshops.

'It creates a dialogue with peopl eand I think that's really helpful as an artist,' he said.

Knitting kit company The Mercerie, run by Sue Maton, invited people to have a go at knitting and crotcheting.

Sue said: 'We have a lot of drop in sessions so people can come and have a go, knit and find out a bit more about the kits.'

Seven-year-old Hermione Osborne learnt to crotchet yesterday, and worked on making a daisy.

She said: 'I've done knitting before but I've forgotten how to do it. We don't get to do stuff like this at school.'

Havago is at the Forum, in Norwich today from 10am until 8pm, for more information visit meander.org.uk

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email polly.grice@archant.co.uk

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