THE LARGEST outdoor arts gathering in Warwickshire – Art in the Park – is back in Leamington for another year.
The festival, on Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14, will give visitors the chance to take part in a range of art, theatre, dance, crafts, music and workshops, and all for free.
It will take place across two spaces in the town, Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens, and will also host local culinary offerings across pop-up food and drink stalls.
Art in the Park’s Festival Director Kate Livingston said: “We cannot wait to bring this inspiring and inclusive event to the communities of Leamington. Our 2022 line-up is an amazing mix of new and emerging creatives that we are very proud to represent. High-quality art, walkabout theatre, interactive sensory projects, group painting, live music, family activities, community-made installations, schools workshops and more – there’s so much happening this year, and something for everyone.”
At the heart of the festival is its famous art marketplace – a community of hundreds of local artists whose art will be on sale in various stalls and tents across the two parks. There are also opportunities for families and locals to get involved with making art for the festival, through online workshops and free art supplies that can be collected from the Pump Rooms or Town Hall.
Art in the Park is not just a two-day arts event but is a year-round cultural hive which works with hundreds of local organisations and artists in the lead-up, to create and support the community it has grown and fostered over the last nine years.
Ms Livingston said: “There is a mammoth collaborative effort that goes into producing Art in the Park. Throughout the year we bring cultural communities and artist networks together to, not just make the festival, but also, create learning opportunities for the creatives involved. We put the incredible skills and talents of underrepresented groups, students and children at the centre of what we do. Our partners include local schools, support charities, cultural centres, community choirs, universities, colleges and more. From free Zoom Bollywood workshops to art installation projects in primary schools, there is so much for the local community to get involved with, before August has even arrived.”