Our Flintham Arts Festival was our first ever attempt at trying to find, and getting together, the Flintham residents who have an artistic talent in some form which deserved to be displayed and appreciated.
The Arts Group who organised the event were themselves amazed at the number and variety of talents we have in the village from a renowned botanical watercolourist to artists in other media, from bird photography to personal images on candles and from needlepoint to mixed soft furnishing and furniture restoring to instrument making to name but a few. There was also some beautiful jewellery in silver and glass for sale which proved very popular. In all, we had 16 exhibitors – not bad for a tiny village!
The Private View on Friday night was well attended and a steady stream of visitors was seen over the two days of the weekend. In all, over 200 came to see what Flintham could offer. An auction of a work by an international coloured pencil artist raised money for a charity for blind and partially sighted children and their families and a number of village projects.
The event also gave the opportunity for people to put their names down for various workshops we will be holding over the next few months. We are delighted with the response and, to date, a total of over 60 have joined up for the numerous sessions.
Finally, the Arts Group would like to thank Newark Arts & Leisure Foundation and Rushcliffe Borough Council for their help in staging this event and also all the residents of Flintham and the surrounding villages for making it such a sparkling success.