Barry Island’s Western Shelter to light up as part of Community Arts Scheme

Pillars of light will shine from Barry Island’s Western Shelter on Friday 11 May as part of the Vale’s regeneration scheme.

The project has been led by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Arts Development team, with public realm light artist Simon Fenoulhet and award-winning community engagement artist Tomas Goddard.

This follows the success of both the Eastern Shelter lighting installation, created by international artist Peter Fink, and the ‘Traversing Wall’ created by artist Gordon Young, which reflects the seaside and memories of bygone days, attracting climbers of all ages and abilities.

The Council has carried out maintenance to preserve the Western Shelter as part of the regeneration programme of Barry Island for residents and visitors to the area.

The artists have been engaging with community groups, schools, dog walkers, and local shop owners, and those who live, visit and work on the island to discuss and create ideas for the development of the lighting installation.

The Light installation under the Eastern Shelter, Barry Island.

Vale of Glamorgan Council Leader, Cllr John Thomas said: “This is an exciting event that will continue the redevelopment of Barry Island, a real beacon of success for the Vale.

“It is great to hear that community groups across the county have played a role in this new lighting installation, and I hope as many Vale residents and visitors as possible can join us for this celebration.”

A procession will begin to gather at 8:30pm – 9pm at the Climbing wall Eastern Shelter, and the parade will walk along the promenade to the Western Shelter.

The former Red Coats who worked at Barry Island Bullins, will join the parade and samba band, Samba Galêz, will prove the entertainment, and the lights countdown to the lights switch on will begin at 9.45pm.

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