‘Slow art’ comes to Cold Bath Road for Le Tour

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It’s a unique work of art - and should be fun for all the family, The Cold Bath Road Mystery is one of the big events during the Yorkshire Festival, the 100 days of cultural celebrations leading up to the arrival of Le Tour. GRAHAM CHALMERS discovers what North Yorkshire-based Chrysalis Arts are up to.

An entire Harrogate street is to take part in a work of art as its unique contribution toThe Yorkshire Festival.

The Cold Bath Road Mystery, as it will be known, will take place in June and July.

Part of the Tour de France’s cultural festival, the events on Cold Bath Road will have an Edwardian mystery theme which should appeal across the board.

Presented by North Yorkshire based Chrysalis Arts, the project is also part of North Yorkshire Open Studios 2014.

But, as a first stage, a series of free creative workshops are happening between May 24-31 to create garlands and decorations for the project.

Performances of The Cold Bath Road Mystery will take the form of a guided walk at set times over the weekends of 7-8 June, 14-15 June and the 5-6 July.

Based on an Edwardian detective story, the mystery will unfold with the help of puppets, storytelling and a visual trail leading up Cold Bath Road, one of Harrogate’s most attractive streets, to the source of the original cold spring.

Additional clues to help unravel the mystery will be found in some of the shops along the trail.

Prior to this, Chrysalis Arts is inviting the local community to get involved by helping to create Edwardian-themed street decorations in hands-on workshops led by artists.

The Cold Bath Road Mystery,

Workshop dates:

Saturday, May 24: Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, 10.30am–1pm and 2pm–4.30 pm (advance booking advised).

Thursday, May 29: Westcliffe Hall, Harlow Terrace off Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, 6pm–8pm.

Friday, May 30: Westcliffe Hall, Harlow Terrace off Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, 10.30am–12.30pm and 2.00pm–4pm.

Saturday, May 31: Westcliffe Hall, Harlow Terrace off Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, 10.30am–12.30pm.

The workshop sessions are suitable for interested adults and young people, as well as families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Chrysalis Arts is also looking for adult volunteers who can assist with making and installing the decorations.

To book a place on a workshop, or to volunteer assistance, contact Chrysalis on 01756 749222 or email kate@chrysalisarts.com.

The artists will also be working with the children and teachers at Western Primary School on Cold Bath Road to make decorations to display on the school railings, too.

More information at www.slowart.co.uk/Cold-Bath-Road-Mystery.aspx