Art @ Costa October 2011

I am reminded of folk in a pub many many years ago. It put me off folk for life.

Is Art @ Costa that bad? No, not at all, but what it is is very variable. It is a mixed bag, some of the acts dire, unbelievably bad, others incredibly good.

Last night a guy on guitar, a poet, an artist and a gospel choir.

On walking in Costa I was greeted by the silks designed by Gill C Sakakini. I asked could she talk about her artwork which she did half way through the evening. She said she was inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Hildegard von Bingen wrote beautifully haunting music. She described herself as a feather on the breath of God.

In The Shack the Holy Spirt appears as an orientel lady Sarayu who kind of appears and disappears, she shimmers, the eyes cannot quite focus on her, she appears as bright, vibrant colours. That was the image I had when I looked at the textiles of Gill C Sakakini.

Gill C Sakakini works with groups in retreat and is currently studying for an MA in Christianity and the Arts. Many of her large scale works can be found in churches.

A couple of days later I went to St Mary’s Old Basing to see the silks in situ.

Trip to Old Basing

I was enchanted by the poetry of Rebecca Swarbrick. Her words on the page do not do justice to her spoken word. She does not speak her works, she performs.

Rebecca Swarbrick studied conflict resolution in Belfast in Northern Ireland and several of her poems date from that period.

Art @ Costa is Tuesday evening, first Tuesday of the month (same day as Guildford Farmers Market), at Costa in Swan Lane.

Art @ Costa is the place to be in Guildford for art, music and the spoken word.

Art @ Costa is organised by Milmead Centre and Eden People.

Eden People have asked that we vote them community funding.

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