Bradworthy Arts Festival

PUBLISHED: 09:48 17 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:49 17 April 2014


Bradworthy Arts Festival is returning on 3, 4 and 5 May 2014, offering people of all ages a free opportunity to enjoy the work of more than 80 artists from around North Devon

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The inaugural event in 2013 welcomed well over 1,000 visitors and the organisers have seen increased interest this year from both artists and visitors. 15 local schools are among community groups contributing life-size geese to a community art installation and exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and performances will take place at 10 venues in and near Bradworthy. Artists and craftspeople from a range of disciplines including painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewellers, textile artists and musicians will share their work and skills with visitors, who will also be able to pick up new skills with a wide range of activities including:

-Create and decorate a clay tile or plaque with Tarka Pottery or turn up the heat with Angelique Medland’s raku firing

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-Create your own masterpiece with Rob Walker’s “super whizzy” unique spin painting invention

-Fondle some fibre with Welcombe Spinners and learn to spin wool, how to make a peg loom rug or create Dorset buttons

-Explore the wonder of wood with Simon Osborne’s green oak framing demonstrations, children’s willow workshop and stripping hazel rods with traditional tools

-Young people can learn to shine with drama and dance workshops from Oksigen Theatre and Sue Cottam (various workshops from ages 6-18)

-Enjoy music at the Bradworthy Inn with acts including rock and blues band Iguana Sunset

Dawn Brookes-Ensor, chair and founder of Bradworthy Arts Festival said: “At our inaugural event both artists and craftspeople were thrilled with the response they got throughout the weekend from families and people of all ages. From their feedback and the enthusiastic response to this year’s registrations, we’re expecting that Bradworthy Arts Festival 2014 will be an even better celebration of the fantastic work and talented artists of all types in North Devon.”

There will also plenty of local refreshments available for hungry visitors including cream teas, baguettes and cakes, hog roast, sausages and ice cream vendors around the village and venues.

Bradworthy Arts Festival takes place at the following venues on 3, 4 and 5 May 2014 (early May Bank Holiday):

-Bradworthy Memorial Hall – huge variety of crafters with work for sale including painting, glass, jewellery, pyrography, soap, cakes; also home to Rachel’s Refreshments cafe

-West Gallery, Putford – contemporary and traditional fine art, sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood crafts, jewellery and textiles

-Bradworthy Church - painting, photography, illustration and furniture

-Bradworthy Inn – live music

-Bradworthy Chapel – handspinning, felting, weaving and other textile crafts

-West Down House – sculpture garden and gallery, children’s sculpture trail

-Bradworthy Playground – messy art

-Bradworthy Primary Academy – ceramics centre

-Sutcombe Village Memorial Hall – music and drama workshops

-Creative Craft Retreats, Little Dinworthy – green oak, willow and hazel skills, raku firing and Giant Geese

Full details of the venues, events and artists, and news from the event can be found on the Festival’s website

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