Chip Chat: What Lights You Up

Produced by Bernie Hodges and recorded at Atlantic Fish Bar in Weston’s Meadow Street.

21st Century super Shrines lead artist and chip advisor, Megan Clark Bagnall chats with international artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Director of GLOW Light Festival, Paula Birtwistle, actor and performance maker Jack Stringer and Year 6 Students at Walliscote Primary School about what home means to them and what lights them up about Weston-super-Mare.

Putting the chips into the art chat, this new, audio episode radiates the Glow of Weston and firmly pronounces that home is where the heart is.  

Paula Birtwistle re-captures her favourite moments at GLOW and talks proudly about the strength of community and making this year’s festival as accessible as possible, Jack Stringer shares his experience as a Glow Worm complete with sleeping bag and fairy light costume, and “being utterly stupid in the name of art” and local school children speak about home and living in Weston – from thoughts on pets, horses, seagulls, forests, parks and Roman tiles, to Polish cakes, cricket, the beach, sunsets and, of course, chips!  

Artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman, who created ‘Pigeon’, a brand new, neon artwork for GLOW Festival, enthuses about her time in Weston:

“It was just amazing, so moving and touching with all the local community…I am absolutely blown away and so chuffed to be part of this.”

When asked about her favourite things, she revealed:

“I’m a real potato head and I love my chips (with) loads of salt!”

And you can catch all of our Chip Chat youtube episodes available on the ‘ChipChat’ playlist HERE

Chip Chat is a live archive for co-created community shrine artworks in the 21st Century super Shrines programme. Managed by Culture Weston, in collaboration with North Somerset Council, as part of the heritage high streets action zones cultural programme, led by Historic England, in partnership with Arts Council England & The National Lottery Heritage Fund