Two exciting projects for the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 are brightening up the District during summer.
The first, Street Pianos, has seen five schools painting pianos donated by the Horsham Piano Centre, which have now been put into place across the District for people to play on.
QEII Silver Jubilee School, Castlewood Primary School, St Mary’s CofE Primary School, Billingshurst Primary School and Steyning CofE Primary School have all been decorating their pianos with the help of artist Anna Lim.
As of this week all the pianos will be in their new homes for the summer, and families are invited to follow the trail to find all the instruments.
Over August there will be celebration events at each of the pianos, to support Chestnut Tree House a hospice which cares for 300 children and young adults up to 19 years old with progressive life-shortening conditions. Talented musicians will perform at the piano and everyone is welcome to join in.
The trail leaflets can be found at every piano, as well as online via Horsham District Street Pianos on Facebook.
Jonathan Chowen, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture said:
“I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing all the wonderful performances from musicians across the District – whether they’re a piano maestro or a chopsticks ace, let’s hear a tune!”
Another art-based project, taking place in Horsham over two weekends is Watch This Space, on the hoardings of a building in North Street.
Twenty artists have been creating artwork on the hoardings, which will stay in place until the end of the year. The paintings will be auctioned off at the end of the year; a perfect chance to own a unique piece of art.
Andrew (far left) and Shaun (far right) from Horsham Piano Centre with Nick Jenkins (Community Development Manager from Horsham District Council), artist Annalees Lim (grey t-shirt) and two members of the public who were the first people to play the piano.