Arts festival organizers call for artists to exhibit

The committee met recently to dot the i’s and crosses on the upcoming arts festival

The exhibition, part of the Church Stretton Arts Festival, is open to amateur and professional artists living within 30 miles of Church Stretton.

There is no selection process, so anyone who enters can show off their work.

Registration will open on Friday, April 15 and close on June 30. The easiest way to enter is via the website at www.strettonfestival.org.uk.

Sue Mitchell, the festival’s exhibition manager, said: “We welcome all creators, artists and photographers to our friendly and supportive exhibition.

“Previous exhibits have included paintings, prints, photographs, maps, glass, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, woodwork, leather and metal, to name but a few. .”

The exhibition will also host a number of workshops and events.

There will be workshops on Willow Craft, Indoor Botanical Photography, and Copper Laminated Glass Bunting on the website.

People will be able to tour the exhibition and speak to regular exhibitor Lucinda Lovesey during one of her four “Meet the Potter” sessions, where she will chat with the public and exhibit some of the pieces that brought her to the semi- finals of this year’s Great Pottery Thrown Down.

The arts festival committee is made up of: Sandra Whitlock – spoken word; Claire Tocknell – music; Joan Arnfield – President; Graham Cossins – technology and computing; Sue Mitchell – Art Exhibit Manager; Kath Stephenson – art exhibition and sponsorships and Andrew Hall – vice-president

A program of events is planned from July 23 to August 13 and the exhibition will be held from July 25 to August 6.

Among the shows are Lucy Stevens in Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel. The production is a one-woman play using Virginia’s own words, woven with contemporary music and songs.

It depicts the complex life of Virginia Woolf and her struggle to write freely and openly in a society that expected a woman to be “the angel of the house”.

The great poet Roger McGough, author of over 100 books of poetry and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please, is one of the UK’s best-loved poets. Roger’s poetry is humorous and inspiring, encompassing all of human life and emotion.

The venues used in Church Stretton for the festival will be St Laurence’s Church for most musical concerts, Silvester Horne Institute, St Laurence’s Parish Centre, Concord College in Acton Burnell and St Lawrence Primary School, with additional others to add.

For more information and details about the festival, including the exhibition, workshops and Meet the Potter events, go to www.strettonfestival.org.uk.

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