Posted on Apr 4th 2017
Ewyas Harold is to hold its first free arts festival. Running from 27th to 29th May 2017, venues across the village will be showcasing the work of local artists. A full programme  ensures that each day there will be additional events for visitors to enjoy, with ‘park and ride’ transport available. We are pleased to host two local authors and the unveiling of a new painting by artist Richard Bavin. The local school and library are involved and a photographic display of the village life will be at St Michael’s church throughout the festival. Further events and performances will be on offer for visitors to the festival, live music, demonstrations, readings, Morris dancing and a display from the Mobile Museum. The venues will be host to a varied range of art forms for sale, from textiles, painting and photography to jewellery and sculptural fused glass, as well as sculptures in wood and metal.
On the opening day of the festival, 27th May, both Golden Valley Llamas and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust (HWT) will be at the Kemble Centre grounds. Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s artist in residence Richard Bavin will unveil a 4m wide painting, begun as a public art project during h.Art 2016. Proceeds from the sale of the painting will be donated to HWT. Richard will also lead a small group in a ‘walk and draw’ event at an HWT site outside Ewyas Harold on Saturday 27th Limited to 10 people; to book a place ring Herefordshire Wildlife Trust: 01432 356872
The programme will be complemented by local food producers such as Rowlestone Ice-cream. Refreshments will also be available at some venues. The programmed events of additional art forms include performances by the Kingstone community choir in St Michael’s Church on Saturday 27th May, at 2pm and at 4.30pm. The Memorial Hall will be host to the local library and visitors will be treated to readings from local authors Christine Williams on 28th and David Vaughan on 29th from 1pm – 4pm. Other musical offerings will be available; on Sunday 29th Spencer Allman, and other members of the Improvisation Orchestra, whilst the Psychedelic Hearts Club Band will play on Monday 29th. We are also pleased to host a Magna Carta exhibit by the Mobile Museum at St Michael’s Hall on Monday 29th.
The festival will be opened by Cllr Graham Powell at 11am on 27th. Ewyas Harold Primary School children are working on a friendship project to present an outside installation of scarecrows. Further scarecrows made by Ewyas Harold Scouts, Beavers & Cubs will link the venues together. Dore Community Transport will run a ‘park and ride’ service from the Memorial Hall to village centre venues. A complete list of the venues to visit is: St Michael’s Hall and Church, Baptist Church Hall, Memorial Hall & Library, The Temple Bar Inn, School, as well as the Kemble Centre grounds on Saturday 27th.