Sue will be putting extra sparkle into carnivals

CARNIVAL creator Sue Russell and fellow artist Alison Rickman of Northam will be putting an extra sparkle into carnivals around the region after winning a grant from the Arts Council England to continue their professional development in carnival arts. Sue

CARNIVAL creator Sue Russell and fellow artist Alison Rickman of Northam will be putting an extra sparkle into carnivals around the region after winning a grant from the Arts Council England to continue their professional development in carnival arts. Sue is a community artist with a history of directing carnival events in the South West, notably the Flying Colours creation of Bideford's spectacular New Year's Eve parades.She will be working with Alison, a qualified fine artist with 13 years of television scenic production experience, to develop ideas celebrating of the North Devon Heritage.They plan to showcase these in local carnivals and other events across the region."We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase this fantastic art form and represent North Devon and its heritage," said Sue. "If there is anyone who has old pictures of local carnivals they would be willing to share with us, I would love them to make contact on (01237) 479907 or 07870935230 from Thursday (April 16)."Chris Humphrey, chief executive director of Arts Council England, South West, said: "We are delighted to fund a project that will help develop skills to create large carnival pieces and the colourful costumes will tour various South West carnivals, adding to the vibrancy and fun a carnival has to offer everyone.

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