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Saturday June 9th 2018 – hundreds of people visited the Flag Market in Preston to watch, take part or simply have fun during Making A Mark 2018. Months in the planning, the event featured over 20 different Preston-based artists, performers, musicians and creatives, all keen to make their mark and more importantly, to share their skills with others enabling them to do so too.
From street theatre to samba drumming, large-scale art and chalk installations to paper-based collage making, knitting and weaving to painting and pastel drawing, there really was something for everyone – any everyone seemed to be having a great time.
The event kicked off with a procession led by Worldwise Samba Drummers, of Lubaina Himid’s big red cart as it was pulled from Latham Street near Avenham Park right through the centre of town, packed with shoppers on a busy Saturday lunchtime, up Fishergate, along Cheapside before finally taking up position centre-stage on the Flag Market – a fitting encore to Lubaina’s recent Hard Times exhibition at the Harris which ended the week before. The smaller wooden cart stayed in the Harris foyer all week as a collection point for the donated tins of food for Tim Saunders’ large scale installation.