IT’S ARTY TIME AT MUSEUM FEST
A group of top artists are set to descend on the Chilterns this weekend. Tom Herbert finds out more
APOPULAR art festival is returning to a Bucks museum this weekend. Chiltern Arts Fest Live returns to the Chiltern Open Air Museum on Saturday and Sunday and artists are set to take over the museum’s historic buildings for live demonstrations of their works.
This innovative arts festival involves a team of over 15 artists and makers, many of whom are also making their mark on the national arts scene in the UK.
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists, see them working close-up and view or buy their recent works.
Local guest artists include locally renowned community artist Barbara Sedassey and Lizzy Duncan, an, illustrator of the ‘Tollins’ range of children’s ildren’s books, who will be getting g creative with young visitors rs in the Museum’s ‘Creation Factory’ where artistic activities will keep youngsters entertained.
Displaying artists include Richard Ballantyne, a potter, who is known nationally for his animal Raku characters, Irina Bradley, a master iconographer, who teachess at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London and Jan Munro, Buckinghamshire painter, who is the winner of three recent prestigious national awards at the Mall Galleries this summer for her ‘Wicked Watercolour’ technique and pastel excellence.
Joining them is Jaqueline Mulhallen who is perform her one-woman play
‘Sylvia ‘Sylvia’ on Saturday at 1pm, which is a performancef chartingh ti the life of political activist Sylvia Pankhurst.
Unseen pieces of Sylvia’s art work will also be displayed – she was a friend of Henry Devenish Harben, the owner of the Newland Park Estate of which Chiltern Open Air Museum is a part and who sheltered suffragettes during the ‘Cat and Mouse Act’ of 1913.
Sian Hammerton-Fraser, visitor experience manager at the museum, said: “It’s wonderful to see wellknown local artists and makers displaying their beautiful works of art but also demonstrating their skills, and it really brings the museum to life.
“It’s great to be part of not only our local arts community but the national art scene and to make this accessible to our visitors.”
See chilternartsfestlive.weebly.com and www.coam.org.uk for information.
The Chiltern Arts Fest returns to the Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles this weekend