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Exhibition: Bournemouth’s Seafront Artist in Residence

All summer, Bournemouth’s Seafront Artist in Residence, Maxine Walter has been casting an eye over the unique environment that attracts almost seven million visitors a year to seven miles of sandy beaches.

Her work is now on display in Bournemouth library for all to enjoy, for free. Her artwork can also be seen on Bournemouth Pier.

Maxine was given special access to behind the scenes areas not open to the public, where she could speak to staff, meet holiday makers and get a complete view of the seafront experience.

“Taking up the seafront residency has provided me with the opportunity to study a familiar subject with a wonderfully fresh new perspective,” she said.

“Talking to both the seafront teams and visitors alike, I’ve heard their experiences described in such a way that it’s possible to visualise the emotional connection that they have with their surroundings – something that I hope is captured through my art.

“In the summertime, Bournemouth seafront is like the swan: calm and serene on the surface but paddling like fury underneath.

“Being given the opportunity to mingle among the thousands of visitors to Bournemouth’s seafront has really made me appreciate what I sometimes take for granted as someone who lives here – the joy and freedom of being by the sea, the fresh air, the beauty of our coastline and to be afforded time to just sit and stare out to the horizon or to head off on an adrenaline fuelled adventure.”

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Maxine Walter is a Digital Artist whose work transforms the visible world, experimenting with form and colour to create vibrant reductive images. Working from a studio in Wimborne Minster, with the beautiful South Coast on her doorstep Maxine finds inspiration during her many outdoor adventures.

Exhibition until September 30, Second Floor, Bournemouth Library, The Triangle.






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