Wanderland is all systems go

Mike Stott prepares an installation for 8 – 14 Cyprus Place

Never slow on the uptake when it comes to a creative challenge, the people of Rye are currently looking forward to the event of the year. Window Wanderland is an award-winning, Covid-safe, national and international project to connect people through magical, illuminated art trails.

With so many artists, musicians and performers in Rye, organiser Arabella Ansar was hoping for a good response to her callout for support for participation. She is not disappointed, saying: “I imagined a weekend where everybody could take part in a beautiful festival that is safe for 2020, where the town becomes a huge gallery, with music playing and shop bells ringing. And now it’s happening and I’m thrilled to bits.

“It is about art and creativity, but equally importantly it’s about fostering wellbeing and good mental health when we really need these. We have some star turn musicians playing, including The Violet Jive and Tommy Ludford.  And the artists’ community are pulling out all the stops, making wonderful art to light up the town. Children and first-time crafters are getting involved too and I can’t wait!”

Meanwhile in Cyprus Place they have their very own resident artist, quite a few windows and plenty of assistance from Dilys Mayor and Janet Stott, who say: “The thought of having something magical to look at on our evening walk is cheering! This year has been difficult as we all know and with no Christmas festival in Rye, it’s a great idea, to be able to contribute to people’s pleasure while still staying safe and distancing.

“We look forward to watching the reactions as they walk past numbers  8-14 Cyprus Place and we’re going to love looking at others’ work around the town.”

A Rye Good Window Wanderland is December 12 and 13 from 6 to 9pm, and the event is free to all and you can still register your display here:

Or simply take part by coming to see Rye in celebration. Many shops will be open late on Saturday, December 12 and you can follow the Facebook page to stay up to date:

Please observe distancing and wear face coverings as required.

Window Wanderland poster

Image Credits: Janet Stott , Arabella Ansar .



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