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Golowan Banner Project - People's Art

4 September 2015

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The CCF and FEAST supported a banner and flat archiving, maintenance and reconditioning project run by the Friends of Golowan for the festival's 25th anniversary.

The dedicated team renovated flags and banners that have been created by the people of Penzance and the wider Penwith Community over the last 25 years. The renovated flags are available free of charge to other festivals across Cornwall.

Judith Parkin said “Thank you to FEAST and Cornwall Community Foundation for making this possible. After gathering together over 200 old banners, made by the community over the last 25 years we stripped them of their old, dirty and heavy backings, and relaid them on bright light weight silk, so preserving the wonderful and imaginative designs for the future. We were absolutely delighted with the results and this helped somewhat in working with old materials, which were, in several cases, very damp, and covered in bird droppings! But once they were restored, all the effort was worthwhile. Along with the more recent banners they were displayed along Penzance Prom on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August  – the day of Newlyn Fish Festival when thousands of people are out and about along the Prom.  Approximately 400 banners flew in the summer sunshine – we were amazed at the designs, the wit, and the colour combinations on show. We already have interest for the flags to be displayed at other events.”

A team of 12 volunteers fastened them onto the Prom. railings in the early morning and they made a public art display all  through the day. The dedicated team involved was Annette Costello, Avril Machray, Andy Hazlehurst, Karen Shephard, Eunice O'Rourke and Judith Parkin.

For all concerned, this was an extremely enjoyable project, it really was People’s Art.