Now in its fifth year Art in Penallt proved to be a record breaking year with the highest numbers yet of people attending and of art sales. Attracting visitors from far and wide, Art in Penallt welcomed guests over a four day period from Thursday 24th September to Sunday 27th September.
Preparation for the festival takes place throughout the year, with fund raising events, searches for artists and planning for the exhibition and activities. Needless to say, the days in the run up to the actual event are hectic to say the least. Artists’ work is delivered from the Monday onwards so that it can be set up for the exhibition opening.
The event launched with the opening preview on Thursday evening in Capel Pentwyn, where visitors enjoyed a glass of wine whilst talking to some of the 20+ artists taking part and enjoying the exhibition of their work which included fine art, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewellery and photography. The exhibition opened to the public on the Friday and there continued a weekend of glorious weather.
On Friday evening, local students took part in the Peg it Up exhibition on Babington Meadow, and Art in Penallt were delighted to welcome schools from Monmouth with a display of the fabulous work of their students. Well attended, the event was a great success with several pieces of artwork purchased.
The exhibition in Capel Pentwyn continued over the weekend, as well as a myriad of activities on Babington Meadow. There was a busy schedule of artist demonstrations, Monmouth School offering ‘have a go’ on the potters’ wheel and art and crafts for sale in the Made in Monmouthshire Marquee. Not forgetting of course the delicious cakes and refreshments for sale on the terrace, where visitors were able to enjoy a relaxing sit down in the sunshine whilst contemplating their potential purchases!
This year was again a fantastic team effort and possible only with the contribution of all of the volunteers and local residents who helped deliver such a successful festival.
In addition to contributing to local charities, Babington Meadow and Attik (the Monmouth youth centre), the success of this year ensures that the event can be sustained in future years.
For further details, to find out more about supporting us through the Friends of Art in Penallt scheme, or to express an interest in taking part, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographs below are courtesy of talented local photographer Chris Jones. Click to enlarge and start a slide slow.