Preparations Underway For Art Scilly Week

Sue Lewington giving hints on watercolour sketchbooks at last year’s event

Preparations are well under way for this year’s Art Scilly Week, taking place from the 11th to the 18th May.

It’s the fourth time the event has been run and the programme gives people a chance to take part in a variety or arts and crafts classes.

Organiser Oriel Hicks says there are demonstrations, classes and exhibitions being planned on all the islands this year although she’s still waiting to hear the details of what will be happening on Bryher.

Big hits last year were Imogen’s Bone’s oil painting class, Steve Morris’ watercolour course and the fused glass workshop and this year there’ll be a new art in the form of decoupage, being taught by recent Phoenix Art Studio arrival, Rhiannon Wallace.

From Radio Scilly

Oriel Hicks

Oriel Hicks discusses the preparations for this year’s Art Scilly Week

Oriel says this year’s event is being organised with “a slimmer team and slimmer funding.” They received no grant money this time round, so will be relying on advertising income from the brochure.

They’ll also be making the ads more prominent in the latest programme and Oriel says there are still spaces available for businesses who want to advertise.

The organisation is pretty slick after four years, she says, although there’s still a huge amount to do!

The Steamship Company have also been helping to market the event, including offering special fares to the islands for that week.

Art Scilly has been gaining in popularity every year with many visitors now arranging their annual trips to the islands to coincide with the workshops.

In fact, Oriel says it’s proving so popular that they need more people to run classes this year, as the ones they offer tend to fill up fast.

She’s keen to hear from anyone who would like to teach their particular skill or craft and would also like to know if there is an art form that isn’t being covered. There’s a chance they could bring an expert over from the mainland to teach this.

Details of the programme will be published shortly and people can keep up to date with the latest courses on the Art Scilly website or at their new Facebook page.

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