The Common Space secures Arts Council England Award for Sandown Spectacular, Hullabaloo

4 May 2018
Claire Hector

Great news from our not-for-profit sister organisation, The Common Space…


Sandown Bay’s arts and discovery celebration Hullabaloo is set to be even more spectacular this year thanks to help from The Common Space and a boost in funding from Arts Council England.  Bay-based not-for-profit, The Common Space has been awarded £15,000 to help Hullabaloo bring artists from across the UK to help celebrate May in the Bay!

Hullabaloo is a free arts, discovery and exploration event set in Sandown Bay designed and organised by Shademakers UK. It’s an unusual combination of the arts, natural sciences & heritage, together with the madcap antics of carnival traditions.  Expect Kite Festival, Soap Box Challenge, Discovery Bay’s arena and Biology Big Top, Maker’s World, The Campfire Sessions, the I Love Wight Food Market and much more…

Organiser and director of Shademakers UK, Sharon George says, ‘Hullabaloo brings people together, through play & exploration: discovering new ways to make art, and new creations; learning about the environment we live in and discovering the fascinating world of natural science; watching weird and wonderful contraptions take over the roadway and the sky.  By bringing artists, creators, community groups, residents and visitors, together with scientists, engineers & businesses, this exciting weekend of discovery and celebration will engage thousands of people in a unifying and unconventional way, helping to find common ground amongst those who perhaps do not ordinarily meet.’

Ian Boyd, director of The Common Space, Artecology and here at Arc explains, ‘The Common Space is a not for profit organisation that supports the work of the Bay Coastal Community team and fundraises for the community here in Sandown Bay.  We’re delighted to have been able to help support Hullabaloo, particularly as such a vital element is its connection to its locality. It is an event created directly from the cultural, creative and environmental content of The Bay itself.  The 80 hectare site hosting Hullabaloo is predominantly public realm.  It’s a wonderful place to explore at any time of year, but once it’s dressed for Hullabaloo and now with the help of Arts Council England’s funding, it transforms into a truly magical place.’

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