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Art takes off in Adwell
Published 25/10/10

THE second Adwell Arts Festival will be taking place from October 30 to November 7.

Pictures by many well known artists such as Sir Terry Frost, Sir Howard Hodgkin and Henry Cliffe will be on sale at the exhibition as well as pictures by up-and-coming artists, makers and designers.

Curator and artist Emma Souter said: “This is a rare opportunity to see and purchase works from internationally renowned to early career artists in a local setting. We have put together art works from many disciplines, some functional, some abstract, demonstrating how all art is accessible. And by offering an exhibition of high-quality works without becoming either high-brow or high cost, there is something to offer everyone, from people wishing to make investment purchases without the London price tag to those buying a Christmas gift.”

Tom Birch Reynardson, organiser, said: “Adwell Arts started as a group of local artists and talented crafts people earlier this year and we held our first exhibition at Adwell, a small hamlet in Oxfordshire in March. This proved to be a very popular event over a weekend and since then we have found that a number of extremely talented artists have applied to join the Adwell Arts Group.

“This autumn we are holding another exhibition and the number of exhibitors has expanded from the original five to more than 20. We have a wonderful array of talent including the sculptress Leonie Gibbs, printers Bridget Tempest and Susan Moxley and illustrator Corkie Paul.

“We have interesting works submitted by sculptress Judy Cowper and potter Rupert Johnstone, jewellery by Jill Woodhead and Carol Ann Dickson and photographs by Paul Ridley. Our Adwell founding artists, Jeffrey and Belinda Courtney and Emma Souter, will be exhibiting again, as will talented furniture makers Neil Costin and Redcurrent Furniture. And of course we are privileged to have works by Howard Hodgkin, Henry Cliffe and Terry Frost.

“Our aim is to exhibit works which are affordable, so our prices start at £25 and the most expensive work will be about £2,500. So there should be something for everyone and there will be opportunities to buy works of up-and-coming artists for very reasonable prices.”

The exhibition will be held at the Old Coach House at Adwell, which is about three miles from the M40 junction north of Watlington.

The Old Coach House will host further exhibitions of artists and craftspeople, and it is planned that studio space and art classes will be provided in Adwell for up-and-coming artists to work as part of the estate diversification scheme.

For further information contact Tom Birch Reynardson at tbr@birchreynardson.com or Emma Souter at info@adwellarts.com

Full details can also be found on the website at www.adwellarts.co.uk

Published 25/10/10

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