Arts festival returns to Preston’s Flag Market

Posted on - 22nd July, 2022 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Flag Market, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Life drawing at the Make A Mark event in 2021.

An arts festival which will focus on repurposing, reusing and recycling materials will take place on Saturday, 23rd July at Preston Flag Market.


Making A Mark is encouraging visitors to join in the free activities, which are suitable for all ages and abilities, to have fun and be creative.

This year’s theme is Immaterial World and aims to encourage the public to think about what they buy, how they arrive and how you can use the product and packaging creatively for further use.

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All the artists taking part this year have created activities based on this principle and have taken it to heart by repurposing and reusing items or materials in some very inventive ways.

Take a clean, empty plastic bottle and make a shaker with the materials provided, under guidance from samba bandleader Jon, then join in with the always popular Worldwise Samba Drummers as they perform and then parade through Preston city centre (parade starts 2pm). All welcome

Life Drawing was a huge success at last year’s event, by the war memorial, so our live (clothed) model Ruby is back on site between 1-3.30pm for a life drawing session under the guidance of Kyra from the Harris Museum.

Pencils and paper are provided, with a few easels and seats for those who arrive early, or you can bring your own. Last year this activity won the People’s Choice award it was so popular.

Other activities include creating poetry using provided recycled paper and pens, under guidance from poet Winston, another popular participant in past Making A Mark events.

There is an opportunity to really have some fun by using the chalk provided to draw pictures and illustrations on the flagstones (not on the walls please), under guidance from artist Ian.

Another artist Les will be on hand to help make art using pastels, and materials provided.

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There are also opportunities to make crafts from a variety of available textiles and fabrics, with guidance from Oxheys’ artist Evelyn or try making gel prints with Oxheys’ artist Caroline.

Preston Recycling Team will also be on hand, with facilities for recycling plastics and paper or card and answer any questions.

The event is supported by Preston City Council and Arts Council England.

Whichever activities you choose, you really can make your a mark and have some fun – come along and join in and have a great day.

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