October 21st, 2016

Art festival will draw in the crowds

Art festival will draw in the crowds Art festival will draw in the crowds
Stephanie Kerr, from BID Leamington, and Carole Sleight with some of the artists who will be exhibiting at Art in the Park. (s)
Updated: 9:02 am, Jul 22, 2016

JEPHSON Gardens will be awash with colour this summer as the Art in the Park festival returns to Leamington.

More than 120 artists have signed up to showcase their talents during the weekend of August 6 and 7.

Exhibiting everything from paintings, ceramics, textiles and sculpture, more than 5,000 people are expected to visit the festival.

Local bands will provide a musical backdrop to the event while Motionhouse dance company and The Pauline Quirke Academy which will be performing.

There will be workshops ranging from upcycling to bespoke T-shirt designing as well as a pottery Throw Down – where five local celebrities will compete against each other in front of a live audience.

The aim of the festival is to celebrate the wide diversity of local artists and allow them to showcase their talents while also inspiring others to take up an artistic pursuit.

Festival organiser Carole Sleight said: “More than 150 local businesses are involved in this year’s production – whether that is artists, musicians, caterers or volunteers and with the amount on offer, we know visitors will leave with great memories, new skills and inspirational ideas.

Leamington Studio Artists will be showcasing the work of its 250 members including Art in the Park founder Mo Finessey.

There will also be a new award, the LSA Mo Finessey cup, awarded to the best dressed stall.

Stephanie Kerr, executive director of BID Leamington, added: “Leamington has a wonderfully diverse creative community and it’s important we support them.

“We are very lucky to have so many creative people involved in innovative and exciting projects and Art in the Park does a fantastic job of highlighting all their talent.”

This year’s theme is camouflage – inspired by Leamington Camouflage Group – a group of landscape painters and set designers employed during the Second World War to disguise bombing targets by creatively painting fake road markings onto rooftops.

Stagecoach Theatre School has devised a special camouflage performance piece for the festival and to honour Leamington Camouflage, people will be contributing to a community yarn bombing installation in the Pump Room Gardens.

The Czech Memorial Fountain will also be camouflaged over the weekend to highlight its historical importance.

Visit www.artinpark.co.uk or search @LeamingtonAITP on Twitter for further information.