A group of top artists are set to de­scend on the Chilterns this week­end. Tom Herbert finds out more

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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.wee­ and for in­for­ma­tion.

The Chiltern Arts Fest re­turns to the Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum in Chal­font St Giles this week­end

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