Appledore Visual Arts Festival to be held every other year
AN annual North Devon arts festival which draws international interest will not be going ahead this year now that it will only be running every two years.
The Appledore Visual Arts Festival, which has been running since 1997, will next take place in 2014 following a decision to turn the festival into an international biennial arts event.
Appledore Arts, who run the event, said that the decision has been made in order to focus on year round projects and a fuller arts activity programme for people in the North Devon throughout the year.
Eilean Hooper-Greenhill Eland, Chair of trustees, said: "We will be looking to develop partnerships with other festivals and arts and cultural organisations in the region and work together to provide more opportunities for the people of Devon to engage with high quality arts activities and events.”
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"By holding a festival once every two years Appledore Arts will have the time needed to explore other funding and income streams that will mean the opportunities it affords North Devon residents and visitors to enjoy great art can be sustained for many years to come.
"Every year, the festival attracts around 7000 visitors, with 250 workshop participants, and 100 participating artists.
"It costs around £60,000 to programme and present the festival."
Sandy Brown, who founded and established Appledore Arts, said: “We see this as a unique opportunity to build on the immense success of 15 years of the Visual Arts Festival; moving to a biennale structure will enable us to offer more high quality visits from established international artists whilst at the same time, develop more projects that will run throughout the year and engage new people with Appledore Arts as well as create more opportunities to work with people who already visit the festival and benefit from our arts programme”.
Joanna Foster CBE, Chair of Crafts Council and Patron of Appledore Arts said: “I consider this Festival to be an outstanding 'landmark' occasion and one which merits continuing enthusiastic support and critical comment.
"It demonstrates everything that is the best about creative Britain and is an outstanding example of what can be achieved with an energetic, far-seeing and talented community of artists."
Donna Baber, the project manager, added: “As well as building our artistic programme we are particularly keen that changing to a biennale will give Appledore Arts the opportunity to really develop and embed our education and community engagement programme.
"For example, we hope to start offering young people the opportunity to achieve accredited Arts Awards from 2013 and get more involved with artistic activity.”
Over the coming year Appledore Arts will be actively seeking sponsors to support their programme and devising more ways for individuals to get involved and support Appledore Arts work.
This is expected to range from opportunities to donate, to volunteering, to new ways of engaging in the programme and artistic activities.
The next festival will take place on 1 June 2014 with a theme of "mud".
To find out more about the festival and Appledore Arts email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website and Facebook page at www.appledorearts.org or www.facebook.com/appledoreart