Big Plans for Next Year’s Art Scilly Event

Oriel Hicks and Vic Heaney

The islands’ art sector is going from strength to strength according to two of the organisers of the Art Scilly Festival, Vic Heaney and Oriel Hicks.

The event will return again next May as a showcase for the wealth of creative talents on all the islands and a chance for visitors and residents to have a go themselves at the arts and crafts on offer.

Activity will once again be centred on the Phoenix Arts and Crafts Centre at Porthmellon but next year there’ll be an ‘Information Hub’ created on Holgate’s Green – the centre at Tregathen’s Hotel didn’t work so well last year as it wasn’t very central.

A brochure highlighting the wealth of arts available, featuring 27 artists, is set to go to print again thanks to Local Action Group funding and Oriel says artists need to rush if they want to be included or make changes – the deadline for inclusion is today.

From Radio Scilly

Vic Heaney and Oriel Hicks talk about Art Scilly

This year’s event was bigger than ever with over 100 people taking part in workshops and many more visiting the various art exhibitions being staged. Vic said she thinks this was due to better organisation and advertising of the event this year.

But what about the art scene in general in Scilly?

Vic says that while she’s noticed that visitors are being more careful with their money this year, the Arts Centre is still getting plenty of customers.

She says one of the benefits of Art Scilly is that it has helped bring the arts and crafts community in the islands together.

The group now prints Art Scilly leaflets which Oriel says lets visitors find out what they can do on the islands, particularly in bad weather, and she appealed for hotel and guesthouse owners to let her know if they’ve run out.

And the art scene here is constantly changing – this year there’s a new potter working at the Garrison, and a new artist, Katie Jayne Gaulter, at the Phoenix Gallery, which is almost full with local artists and is also being used as a meeting space and public studio.

But the group are aiming even higher – Vic thinks that St Ives could be a good model for Scilly in the future, with it’s vibrant arts scene that draws in the crowds.

Details of next year’s Art Scilly event, together with pictures from this year can be found here