Art Scilly Week Kicks Off With More New Courses And Events

Sue Lewington giving hints on watercolour sketchbooks at a previous year's event.

Sue Lewington giving hints on watercolour sketchbooks at a previous year’s event.

Driftwood washed up in this winter’s storms, coke cans and illuminated paper starfish all feature on the programme of this year’s Art Scilly Week, which starts tomorrow.

It’s the fifth year the hands-on arts and crafts festival has been run. And organiser Oriel Hicks says they’ve come up with some great new ideas to tempt budding artists to sign up for a course.

Julia Williams will be passing on her recently acquired skills in fabric printing, while Oriel will be making use of the huge quantity of driftwood that was washed up in February.

She’ll be making 3D mosaics by setting coloured stones into the wood, which she says has been weathered into beautiful shapes.

But she admits she’s “terrified” about teaching novices to use the sharp chisels.

And continuing on the theme of recycling, there’ll be a course in which old drinks cans are turned into calligraphy pens for making bold poster-sized drawings.

Oriel says there’ll also be the ‘old favourite’ courses on offer, such as watercolour painting with Steve Morris, pastels with Jill Schofield and jewellery making with Vickie Carter.

But if you’d prefer to get out and about, there’s plenty happening away from the studio.

Oriel says they’ve arranged a picnic on Sunday at the Community Orchard at Trenoweth. There’ll be home-pressed apple juice and cakes on offer and local artist Imogen Bone has created papier mache piñata in the shape of fruit.

When they’re cracked open, they’ll release sweets for the children and seeds to plant in the orchard.

You’ll have just enough time to race down the hill to catch the start of the One Act Play Festival, which kicks off for its third year at 2pm on Sunday in the Town Hall.

There are activities taking place on the off-islands too. On Monday artist Chris Potterton will be giving a guided tour of Hell Bay Hotel’s art collection with a similar event showcasing Tresco’s art in the Flying Boat Club and Abbey Gardens on Thursday.

And next weekend there’s an exhibition by local artists on St Agnes.

The event kicks off tomorrow with an all-day craft fair in the Town Hall. Oriel says many local craftspeople will be there, demonstrating their techniques and offering a chance to sign up to the courses.

Tickets will also be on sale for the other events such as the One Act Play Festival.

And to round it all off, on Friday evening Imogen Bone will be creating an art installation at Porthcressa.

Entitled ‘Starfish Skies’ she’ll be placing illuminated paper starfish lanterns on the beach in the shape of constellations.

You’ll be able to view these from the newly refurbished Buzza Tower, which will be open for the evening.

To save time organising the event this year, Oriel says there’s no printed brochure. Up-to-date information is available online at and on their Facebook page.