Arts Week showcases local talents
November 14, 2012
The success of a free arts week demonstrated the talent and interest of people in the parishes of Binfield, Warfield and Winkfield, organisers said.
Hundreds of people listened to musical performances, took part in craft workshops, quizzed authors and exhibited art during the annual Arts Week.
Organiser Jonathan Greenyer said: “All the events had a warm feel and people kept asking how we can get even more people to come to these wonderful events.”
This year, the Arts Week shifted its focus from children’s activities to musical and literary evenings aimed at adults.
A range of children’s arts, crafts and dance workshops drew big numbers and organisers were delighted with talks from Royal biographer Hugo Vickers and explorer Jim McNeill, who worked on the BBC’s Frozen Planet series.
Jonathan added: “Jim targeted his presentation at children and it was superb.
“At the end there were so many questions that it would have carried on and on.”
More than 150 exhibitors took their paintings, sculptures, photography, woodwork, tapestry and pottery to Warfield’s Brownlow Hall for the Arts and Crafts Exhibition which ran between Friday, November 1 and Sunday, November 3.
The exhibition was judged by Cynthia Barlow-Marrs and Vince Traynor who awarded Frank Armour’s salvaged wood sculpture, King’s Companion, first prize.
Second prize went to Catherine Hughes for her pastel picture, Detail Bronze Sculpture, with third place going to first-time exhibitor Sue Brown for her fabric design True Blue.
The 2012 Promise Award went to Linda Coombes, of Binfield Art Group, with her watercolour Winter Sun.
Kelly Jones won the youth prize for exhibitors aged 16 and under for her sketch-book and craft/art composition of a birds nest in a field of corn.
The Bracknell Forest Standard-sponsored Public Vote for the most-liked artist went to Jim Claridge’s oil paintings and handmade musical instruments.
The Big Draw 2012 – a mural painted in 10 panels by community arts groups – depicts scenes from the Olympics, Paralympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and is will be on show at Tesco in Warfield this month.
Jonathan said: “If people want to volunteer next year, run a workshop or give a talk they can go to www.arts-week.org and get involved.”