Appledore Visual Arts Festival: 29th May to 1st June 2008
The theme this year for the fabulous Appledore Festival in Devon is “Earth”. It will be opened on the evening of Wed. May 28th by Satish Kumar, followed by a screening of his documentary film “Earth Pilgrim”. The Festival is run in association with Resurgence Magazine – Satish Kumar is, of course, its founder and editor.
In 1990, Common Ground initiated their first model project on local distinctiveness with Peter Randall-Page. The project spanned six years, paralleled by Chris Chapman’s photographic record. On the Saturday evening of the festival, Peter Randall-Page will be in conversation with Chris Chapman about this project: “Granite Song”.
There will also be a subsequent exhibition at the Burton Gallery, Bideford (14 June to 16 July) – which documents this project – the making of five sculptures and a garden near the village of Drewsteignton on the edge of Dartmoor.
For information and a glimpse of further delights, including exhibitions, demonstrations, film shorts, family workshops, music, dance and the Carnival Parade – see www.appledorearts.org. The exhibitions and workshops are open from 11am – 6pm.
Brochures and information are also available at the Tourist Information Centres at Bideford, Exeter and Barnstaple. The village of Appledore, on the north coast of Devon, can easily be reached from Bristol or Exeter. Nearest town is Bideford.
Linda Gordon, representing North Devon Arts, will be making a large circular floor installation, “Earth Dreaming”, made up of variously coloured pebbles and small stones. Inspiration is taken from an amalgam of traditional cultures, such as the Navaho sand paintings, Aboriginal art and the Tibetan ‘sand’ mandalas – all of which are focused upon living in harmony with the earth.
Visitors are invited to come along and help her build up a finished work during the course of the four festival days.