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Broadway Arts Festival launches with collaborative collage
3:01pm Wednesday 9th April 2014 in News
THE third Broadway Arts Festival has launched its 2014 programme with a tribute to a painting by American artist John Singer Sargent.
This year's festival, which has the theme of "Changing Times", is running fromFriday, May 30 to Sunday, June 15 and looks back a century to the era before the First World War.
To launch the festival, members of Broadway's current colony of artists, living or working within five miles of the village, created a collaborative collage.
Their homage to John Singer Sargent's painting, 'Carnation, Lily, Rose', painted in the garden of Russell House in Broadway in 1885, was unveiled by Chloe Williams, one of the festival's four bursary students.
The Loughborough University student has contributed to the piece along with other creatives including 2013 artist in residence for Prince Charles, Jeremy Houghton, painter and owner of the Little Buckland Gallery, Arabella Kiszely, and Broadway artist Edward Noott.
Simon Williamson, festival director, said: "Amidst the charm of this lovely Cotswold village, from May 30 to June 15 the Broadway Arts Festival will be presenting a wide variety of high quality attractions including art exhibtions, painting demonstrations and master classes, garden tours, recitals and concerts, children's entertainment and speakers."
The programme also includes a special exhibition at the new Ashmolean Museum of John Singer Sargent's work, never before shown as a public collection.
And just outside Broadway, the Little Buckland Gallery will exhibit the winner and highlights of the festival's Open art competition, a nationwide contest based on the theme of 'change'.
Visitors will also get the chance to have a peek into three artists' private outdoor spaces as well as enjoy a variety of concerts and recitals including music from local pianist Marcel Zidani, violinist Michael Bochmann and a jazz evening with Debbie Arthurs and friends.
Distinguished speakers on the pre and First World War period will also give talks on the social, military, artistic, literary and political influences on the era.
Since the 1880s, Broadway has long been associated with the arts and a colony of artists living there.
To book tickets, call the Everyman Box Office from Monday, April 14 on 01242 691141.
For details about the festival, call 01386 898387 or visit broadwayartsfestival.com.
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