Celebrate the changing of the seasons and the darker nights, with projected lights and public art at The Winter Droving in Cumbria.
The Winter Droving is an annual event in the Cumbrian town of Penrith. The festivities would normally see a fiery masked procession head through the streets. But for obvious reasons, this year’s Winter Droving will not be bringing the usual fiery hustle and bustle to the town centre.
For 2020, organisers Eden Arts have reimagined the seasonal shindig. This year, you will be able to absorb the autumnal atmosphere in a different way. Instead, you can take in a mix of large-scale artworks and a light installation, as Eden Arts create a public art gallery for you to wander through.
Winter Droving for 2020
Taking place during half term week in October, the event will be focusing on local people and caring. You can expect to see shop windows decorated throughout the town for the event.
The highlight will be a projected light spectacle taking place in St Andrews Church Yard, between Wednesday 28th and Saturday 31st October. For your safety, the installation will be socially-distanced and you will need a ticket in advance.
Eden Arts are working with Cumbrian Young Artist of the Year finalist Zoe Forster, and Cumbrian based digital artist Nick Greenall, to bring the projection piece to life.
The public art gallery will be scattered around the town, with shop windows transformed by large-scale artworks of the Winter Droving audience in their masks and fancy dress. Displays will appear at locations including Sainsburys New Squares, the old Co-op Building, Townhall Treasures and units in Angel Square.
Penrith-based photographer and filmmaker Richie Johnston will work on bringing the images together for the town centre exhibition. Keep your eyes peeled for these appearing on windows from mid-October onwards.
The organisers are planning this event with the current Government guidance in mind, managing audience numbers carefully. However, we do recommend checking local Government guidance, along with the event website, before heading out.
When: 28th – 31st October 2020
Where: Penrith, Cumbria
£: Free but ticketed (tickets will be released in early October)
More info: www.edenarts.co.uk