Melbourne Festival of Creative and Performing Arts 2014

Emerging Talent 20152014 saw the launch of the Melbourne Festival Emerging Talent Award for Young Artists fittingly timed to coincide with the tenth Melbourne Festival we are excited to announce that the call for entry is now open for the 2015 Award. We are inviting young artists under 25 from the Midlands to submit their ideas on the theme "Our Identity". Artists are asked to send in their ideas by 14th February. We will shortlist up to 20 pieces to be completed and exhibited at Melbourne Festival, the winner of the £1000 first prize and £250 runner up prize will be awarded at Melbourne Festival on 19th September.

We received over fifty proposals from Young Artists from the East Midlands last year from which fifteen were shortlisted to submit their final piece. Eleven of the fifteen Artists submitted a piece to exhibit at Melbourne Festival in September. The judging panel, after much deliberation selected three winners - Sidra Fatima received a commendation, Emily Smalley received the £250 Runner Up Award and the £1000 Award for the Winner was awarded to William Hughes.

William Hughes, said he was "delighted with the award", said that "the award would go towards paying for a studio for the year". He will also get a place on the trail next year and mentoring from one of the festival team.

Full details will be sent to local Schools, Colleges and University, posted on our website in January or students can contact or 07765 819428 for details.

The boards, bunting and banners have all been put away after a very successful TENTH Melbourne Festival. If you missed the 2014 Art & Architecture Trail put next years' dates in your diary NOW – Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 2015. We will keep you up to date with our plans as they progress and don't forget to tell your friends! Remember to "friend" Melbourne Festival on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with our plans as we get closer to the Festival dates next September.

Amazingly Melbourne Festival is now into its TENTH year. The Festival is eagerly awaited by local people and visitors from far afield, Melbourne Festival is the highlight of South Derbyshire's cultural calendar. This years' Trail included Art, music, food, crowds of people and the sun shone!

Everyone enjoyed a late summer splash of colour and energy as Melbourne came alive as a hub for the creative and performing arts each September. This year over 70 local homes, businesses, halls and churches will be opening their doors to nearly 120 artists in the heart of Melbourne featuring a variety of mediums and styles of work all of which will be for sale from £5 to £5000!

Highlights of this years' Trail included the exhibition of work by young East Midlands Artists shortlisted for Melbourne Festival Emerging Talent Award at St Michaels House – winner William Hughes & runner-up Emily Smalley.

Collaborative exhibition by Michael Cook, John Rattigan and Elizabeth Forrest at Melbourne Parish Church titled "Thank you for the Rain" – beautiful work, great feedback!
Possibly the most popular parts of this years' Festival were the family activities taking Melbourne through the Looking Glass in hot pursuit of Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit! Following on from all of our work in Schools etc this year the vicarage garden was transformed into the Alice's garden with giant flowers, talking flowers, flamingo croquet, giant chess and tea pots, teacups and character cut outs, etc. The Mad Hatters Parade attracted over 100 children and some amazing hats many made at the Mad Hatter workshops with Jo Rost!

Other highlights were the sculpture in the gardens in Penn Lane including the pink flamingos by David Turner in keeping with the 2014 Through the Looking Glass theme!
After all the hard work and preparation the Tenth Melbourne Festival was a roaring success! It really is a great credit to everyone involved support, it's amazing that after ten years 90% of the work is done by volunteers.

 The Festival team would like to thank all of the local companies who have sponsored this years' Festival for their support. Links to our sponsors' websites are available on the SPONSOR page. Melbourne is fortunate in having the Festival and it helps put the town on the map, without support from local businesses we risk losing it. If any local businesses or residents have ideas for funding the festival please contact the Festival Office.

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