Third Art Scilly Week Launches This Weekend

The third Art Scilly Week launches on Saturday with a drinks reception at 6pm at Phoenix Arts Centre.

Events will be held on all of the islands and include taster and training session in a range of media from felt and photography to pottery.

Artist Sue Lewington will show attendees how to sketch Scilly landscapes, Paula Smith will demonstrate silver jewellery making and Liza Howells will help people make an enamelled wall plaque.

Some galleries will be offering special discounts.

Hobbyists will join the commercial artists on the programme of events. The Scilly Stitchers will chat about the quilts they have made at the airport and the altar covers at Old Town church.

The event has broadened its definition of art this year and will include a creative writing course with former Eastenders scriptwriter Paul Dodgson and the Theatre Club’s One-Act Play Festival finals.

The festival aims to showcase the diversity of art on all of the islands, providing activity for people here as well as attract visitors from the mainland

One of the organisers, Vic Heaney, says their intention is to build the event into an attraction for visitors who want to see and experiment with arts and crafts and they’re keen to get people coming for the whole week. Vic says that’s been building year-on-year with repeat visitors booking.

Every island will have its own special day. St Agnes on the Sunday, then Tresco on the Monday, Bryher on Tuesday and St Martin’s on Thursday. Organisers have also arranged subsidised boats for some evening events.

Vic says we have a thriving arts and crafts scene here in Scilly with a huge range of artists for such a small community. She says there are plenty of talented artists here and wants to encourage people to have a go.

Information will be available all week at the TIC.