Droitwich ArtsFest Organiser given 2017 Wychavon Community Arts Award

Rhys Jones has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Wychavon Community Arts Recognition Award. The award was for his work organising Droitwich ArtsFest 2017. Rhys, pictured with Councillor Liz Eyre Chairman of Wychavon District Council, received his award at Peopleton Village Hall on the 8th March. The award acknowledges the contribution of many people to the success of last year’s Droitwich ArtsFest that lasted three weeks.  

Chairman and Councillor Liz Eyre and Rhys Jones at Wychavon Community Recognition Awards, Peopleton Village Hall, March 2018

ArtsFest 2018 will last four weeks and five weekends.

Wychavon has a population of about 120,000 and is made up of the three towns of Droitwich Spa, Evesham and Pershore, and nearly 100 villages and hamlets. Wychavon covers the south and eastern part of the county of Worcestershire and is the largest of the six Worcestershire districts.

New year, new mail art project!

SELF PORTRAIT
         past, present, future and wannabe self
[other-pair-of-eyes self, mum’s-wish self, socially-acceptable self, if-only self,
before-I-met-you self, selfish self, the-best-of self, naughty self, clever self,
silly self, good-deed self, ignorant self, stubborn self…]

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Tamara Jelaca, the organiser of the exhibition and founder of Droitwich Mail Art, explains: ‘After a very successful 2017 exhibition, with a large number of submissions arrived and my fear that gallery space allocated to the project won’t be enough big, I am glad to announce that the new Droitwich Mail Art project is on now. The theme is Self Portrait [past, present, future and wannabe self] and the artists are invited to look at their mirrors (real or imagined) and create the picture of themselves, as they are or wish to be, or how they looked once upon the time.’

Here are few important notes:

Theme: Self Portrait
Technique: Any [except videos and 3D] Format: please choose A6 [10cm X 15cm] or A5 [15cm X 21cm], if possible.
No entry fee, no returns, all mail art will be exhibited. Racist, violent and pornographic artworks will not be exhibited. Max. 2 submissions per artist.
Artist’s /artwork’s details: Please give us clearly written – your name, title of the work, email address, website [if any]. Please confirm your submission by email to mail.art2015@yahoo.co.uk

Deadline: 1st June 2018

Winter exhibitions’ review

This winter Droitwich Arts Network members certainly don’t hibernate but are very active. The result is a few very interesting exhibitions in and around the town. 

The year has begun with a group exhibition in Park’s Cafe which brought together different styles, subjects and techniques. In the same venue, Trisha Kenny followed with the selection of beautiful watercolours and drawings, mostly inspired by nature (flowers, woodland, trees…). Trisha is known to spend every moment in sketching and she always has her sketchbook ready to catch an interesting scene. 

Shop at Tesco and help raise £4,000 for ArtsFest 2018

Droitwich ArtsFest has been selected by Tesco to be part of its “Bags of Help” Scheme during March and April.

Please make as many small purchases as you can from your local Tesco store, obtain a token, and vote for Droitwich ArtsFest. You do not need to buy a bag. We will be up against two other organisations. The winner will receive a grant of £4,000.

Spending a lot of money at once provides one token. Spending a small amount of money provides one token. Therefore you can increase our chances of success by making many visits to buy small items. Our nearest store is Tesco Express in Mulberry Tree Hill, off Primsland Way, Droitwich WR9 7SS.

Although most ArtsFest events are free to attend it costs a significant amount of money to deliver the festival. Last year it cost about £5,000 to deliver 3 weeks and 4 weekends of events. ArtsFest 2018 starts on Saturday 30 June and will last 4 weeks and 5 weekends, ending on Saturday 28 July. The current cost estimate is over £7,000. That is why we need your help!