Year of Culture hosts sell out performance and leaves a lasting legacy of new public art

Time and Time Again, six brand new plays on past, present and future

The studio at The Capitol was sold out on Saturday night (9 November) when Pitchy Breath theatre company returned with their latest production entitled Time and Time Again.

Regular visitors to Pitchy Breath productions have come to expect excellence from this company which is celebrating its 25th year and the latest production, the result of a script writing competition held as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, was no exception.

Six brand new half hour plays were performed by a cast of young and talented actors, many of whom were new to the stage for these productions. 

The dynamic ensemble tackled six incredibly varied plays, which ranged from an intergalactic love story between a Speck and a Star, to a poignant reunion amongst friends to a cross generational two-hander.

All the plays were focused on the Year of Culture’s November theme of Past, Present and Future, and all met the brief perfectly. 

The competition was open to writers of all ages and backgrounds, and the range of writing on show on Saturday night was a fantastic representation of the issues and dilemmas facing us in 2019 and beyond.

Well done to all at Pitchy Breath for the nurturing of new and developing talent, a huge success.

The Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 team are delighted at the number of new public art features that have been created as a result of the year of celebration. Here are just a few of the highlights.

New gateway to Steyning declared open

Steyning & District Community Partnership Visitor & Tourism Group working with support from Horsham District Council were proud to officially open a new ornate archway connecting Newmans Gardens Car Park with Steyning High Street in late October.

The archway is set to become a permanent legacy of Year of Culture 2019, to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, for many years to come.

The innovative design of the new archway was created by Steyning based architect, Nick Jones from Jones Architects and the archway was constructed by Sussex Ironworks, also Steyning based.

The intricate roof of the arch is laser cut to depict the ordnance survey map of Steyning High Street – a real work of art.

Lasting legacies for Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Two new sculptures at Warnham Nature Reserve also ensure that there is a lasting legacy for residents to enjoy. 

The ‘Field Notes from Warnham’ project was designed to interpret the story of the Reserve with written work from writer in residence, Tanya Shadrick and sculptural pieces by contemporary artist Will Nash.  

Will, helped by a team of volunteers and staff from our Parks and Countryside team, created two stunning pieces – the Bat Bothy, inspired by the sites industrial heritage and the Tri-Helix, which took its inspiration from the shapes found in the microscopic world.  

These artworks are now intertwined into a new Discovery Trail and will be there for visitors to enjoy for years to come. 

Four million chips to create new community art piece

A new art sculpture was also unveiled to the public recently at Highwood Village, Broadbridge Heath.

The grand reveal gave visitors the first glimpse of the sculpture, which started its life as an eight tonne rectangular block of stone. It took in the region of four million chisel chips from members of the community, under the expert eye of sculpture artist Jon Edgar, to create the final piece.

Local artist Jon was commissioned to install the stone at the beginning of 2019. 

Throughout the year, Jon has sculpted and carved the eight tonne stone block, drawing inspiration from local residents and passers-by to create the final artwork. Budding sculptors were taught basic carving skills throughout the year and they were encouraged to have a go and put something of themselves into the work as progress was made. 

A competition was run by Berkeley Homes, the developers of the Highwood Village site, to name the sculpture. The winning name was announced as “Fluvius”- the Latin for stream or river- which reflects the numerous streams and rivers of the area.

It’s not often that members of the community have the opportunity to help shape and design a new piece of public art – another unique experience supported by the Year of Culture.

Follow @hdculture2019 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and keep up to date with all the events on our dedicated site  to see all that’s in store for the remainder of the year!

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