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Lady Bay Arts Festival held its 21st event over the weekend 14th & 15th May which proved to be a memorable community occasion with 72 artists showing across 26 venues in homes, studios, gardens and businesses in Lady Bay. As in previous years, artists transformed the church & halls, the scout hut, kitchens, front rooms, sheds, conservatories and gardens providing visitors with wonderful arrays of art and not surprisingly overall sales reached £17,550.

The weekend attracted over 1700 adult visitors and 300 children, matching last year’s numbers. Whilst the weather was kind and the sun shone, the arts trail was not just about buying art but simply about enjoying being in Lady Bay and spending time finding out more about contemporary art practices by meeting a range of artists and talking to them about their work.

All specially commissioned activities by the festival were well attended with children & adults alike participating in a range of entertainments with pop up cinemas, performance, clay modeling, printing and painting workshops. Over 100 volunteers including venue hosts offered their time to support the occasion. Commission and gate money raised over the weekend will allow the festival team to fund the 2017 line up, commission professional artists to run new creative activities and provide more extensive artist led workshops. 

Meanwhile a total of £3556 was raised from refreshments for Lady Bay School Association, Scout Hut rebuild, All Hallows Church, Hematology Clinic QMC, SANDS and Millwood Cat Rescue. Local businesses reported that the turnout brought increased trade to the area and helped to create a great a greater sustainability for their future in the local community. This year the festival’s flyers, banners and arts trail brochure was designed by Lady Bay based graphic designer Debora Link.

The festival team, besides looking forward to planning 2017, will be developing their Young Person's Creative Award aimed at recruiting two young artists between 16 and 21 years old to work alongside the festival with a chosen creative project. Anyone living in Rushcliffe who is interested will be able to apply from September by contacting liz.emery@ntlworld.com

Thanks to our first Young Person Creative Award winner Joe Knowles for his hard work as Official Photographer and to artist Hugh Miller for mentoring Joe over the weekend. In recognition of Joe's achievement the festival donated £100 towards his own art project.

A special thanks is extended to Sally & Jim Hellewell who have now left the team, for their invaluable and unstinting contribution over the last 10 years. Sally has been instrumental in taking forward and coordinating the festival’s activities to children and families at Lady Bay Primary.

2017 dates are 20th & 21st May. 

Anyone wishing to know more about the festival and how to become involved should contact info@ladybayarts.org.uk
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