We held our annual Festival of Artists event here at the Centre on Saturday 29th April through to Monday 1st May.
The place was a hive of activity throughout and we've had lots of great feedback from artists and visitors alike. We reckon this years festival must go down as the best one yet....we certainly saw lots of people walking back to their cars with lots of new artwork purchased.
On the Saturday of the event we welcomed Touch FM who did a live broadcast from the Centre. They interviewed several of our permanent studio holders and also some of the visiting artists so it was great exposure for both the festival and our Centre.
With over 50 visiting artists on display across the site, visitors were treated to stunning exhibitions as well as brilliant live demonstrations. As is always the case with the festival, it covered such a broad cross section of art including painting, drawing, wood turning, stone-carving & textiles, so there was great variety on display.
This year's winner of the Geoff Hollinshead Award was Paul Holmes (facebook @art.sandalwood). Picking a winner was such a hard task given the exceptional talent on display, but the judges ultimately decided on Paul as they were blown away by the diverse range of paintings and subject matter on view.
A big thank you for all the hard work put in to organising the event by Kara Strachan of the Art Loft, and to the farm for all their efforts. It's no easy task putting up & taking down all of our event marquees!
Last but not least, thank you to all the wonderful artists. It was fascinating to see all your artwork and to be able to watch your demonstrations - we look forward to being inspired by you all again next year!