Blackwall Lighthouse shines light for Thames foreshore arts festival

Doors opened for visitors yesterday and Saturday for a unique look round London’s only lighthouse on the Thames foreshore.

Trinity Buoy Wharf arts quarter at Blackwall held its summer festival as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend which included art workshops in the now-famous ‘Container City’ studios—old, converted containers which have been found new uses.

A free ‘life drawing’ arts workshop with sitting models was held by the London Art School providing all the materials.

The vibrant atmosphere was punctuated by live music including a scratch band performance by the Grand Union Orchestra with a practical ‘hands on’ workshop where anyone could join in with the professional musicians—all they had to do was bring an instrument. It was a chance for all the family to have a go at blowing a trumpet, banging a drum or bowing a violin.

Exhibitions featured the work of artists inspired by the ‘Water City’ and other themes, like Andrew Baldwin’s ‘rusting’ industrial machine sculpture he calls ‘Bridget.’

But the big attraction for visitors throughout the weekend was tours of the lighthouse on the foreshore where the Lea tributary flows into the Thames at Blackwall Reach.