As part of City Festival this year, local creatives are coming together with Leicester locals for a day-long extravaganza of music, art, performance and great food.

The Summer Art Thread falls on the August bank holiday, following in the tradition of the closing ceremony events for the Summer Art Trail in 2015 and 2016. Forming part of the City Festival, the Summer Art Thread will feature an array of local artists, performers and musicians; combining and collaborating to bring a day of brand new performances, music, artwork and art stalls to LCB Depot.

Local promoter and musician Myoptik will present his Summer Art Sound Ceremony 1pm – 11pm for the third year running with 12 hours of live music, comedy, spoken word, visuals, and digital art. Over 20 live acts will be performing throughout the day, featuring funk, jazz, hip-hop, house, techno, avant-garde electronics and comedy. The line up so far includes local bands Dayflower, Zyweth, Jinjo, Ninja Bob and Luke Broughton.

11pm – 4pm sees local artist Leila Houston return to Leicester after exhibiting at the Venice Biennale to present something a little closer to home. Having championed visual and contemporary art in Leicester through projects including the Summer Art Trail with Silver Vine Arts collective, this year she invited local people and artists into her studio to create a brand new artwork together.

Working over two days, two small groups were invited into Leila’s studio space at Two Queens Gallery, Leicester, to collaborate in group activities. Interacting with an installation in the space, participants were invited to take part in scenarios and games to spark creativity and discussion.

Based on a feeling that our society has become more divided in recent years, the project came out of a desire to provide a place of community and exchange, where people could connect with each other and discuss their opinions in an open environment. This exhibition is the final piece in an Arts Council England funded project, a six-month long undertaking that has seen Leila take her work to exciting new directions.

Other exhibitions include Tim Neath’s ‘Painting the Town…’, a recent development of works and ‘Displaced Witness virtual reality experience’, organised by Journeys Festival International and Phoenix Leicester in the Lightbox gallery.

“Both Courtney Askey (Silver Vine Arts Associate Director / Market Stall Coordinator), Rich Wilkes (Silver Vine Arts Associate Director / Myoptik) and myself are creators that like to bring something raw and out of the ordinary to each event – I think this has something to do with ourselves being artists. Focusing all our energy on one big shared event will bring a magnificent amount of energy that I feel will be very new to LCB Depot. The last time we did something like this together was on the top floor of the Queen of Bradgate, where visitors could walk between rooms to view exciting, contemporary artworks in installation and sound, buy gifts from stalls and listen to incredible live music,” said Leila Houston, visual artist and Silver Vine Arts Director.

GRAYS Cafe will be providing food and drink throughout the day and late into the evening, alongside a marketplace of local art and crafts available 11am – 4pm, offering chance to get your hands on some great local fare.

The Summer Art Thread takes place at LCB Depot from 11am to 11pm on Saturday 26th August. Check the Facebook event for more information.

Chris is a Sparrow.

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