MELBOURNE FESTIVAL ART TRAIL
2017 dates are confirmed – SATURDAY 16 & SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER. Performances throughout September. CALL FOR ENTRIES IS OPEN UNTIL 31ST MARCH – see Artists page
A Festival to be proud of!
The Melbourne Festival is eagerly awaited by local people and visitors from far afield, it has established itself as the highlight of South Derbyshire’s cultural calendar. Each September for the past twelve years Melbourne Festival has brought a celebration of the Creative and Performing Arts to this gem of a village in South Derbyshire just half an hour from Derby, Nottingham and Leicester! The highlight of the Festival is the Art & Architecture Trail, if you missed 2016’s Melbourne Festival put the dates in your diary 16th & 17th September 2017, a showcase for Art and much more open from 10am to 5pm both days.
The 2016 Trail included Art, music, food, crowds of people and the sun shone! The boards, bunting and banners are stored away ready for the 2017 Art & Architecture Trail and the Team of organisers are already coming up with ideas for the next Melbourne Festival. We will keep you up to date with our plans as they progress and don’t forget to tell your friends and 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 in September 2017!
The Art Trail always brings a late summer splash of colour and energy as Melbourne comes alive as a hub for the creative and performing arts each September. Each year over 70 local homes, businesses, halls and churches will be opening their doors to over 100 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!
Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail is always a great opportunity to see the cream of Artistic Talent from the East Midlands. In 2016 we celebrated our position on the edge of The National Forest with Wild Wood an exhibition highlighting the Artists who are inspired by our local landscape and wildlife in an Exhibition at Melbourne Assembly Rooms to mark the National Forest 25th Birthday.
Other highlights of 2016’s Art Trail included the exhibition of work by young East Midlands Artists shortlisted for Melbourne Festival Emerging Talent Award at The Athenaeum in Potter Street. This year our winner was Photographer Robbie Short, runner-up was Matt Archer and a commendation was given to Ashleigh Kent. The quality, and variety of entries was excellent this year and we are looking forward to seeing how our young artists develop.
This year our Trail included a “taster” of next years big project “For the Love of Lettuce” a celebration of Melbourne’s Market Gardeners and the beauty of the vegetables they produce. We are collaborating with arts organisations Peoples Express and Talking Birds along with Photographer Chris Mear, Artist Emma Pegg and our three local market gardeners F Jackson and Son Market Gardeners, William Sharp & Sons and Heaths of Melbourne.
Possibly the most entertaining parts of the 2016 Festival were the family activities. In 2016 the theme for our Family Festival was The Wind in the Willows, Mr Toad and his friends Badger, Rat and Mole were popping up around the Trail and following on from all of our work in Schools this year the vicarage garden was transformed with a barge (made by Clive Toon Joinery), bullrushes, giant flowers and huge story books. The gypsy story-teller had lots of visitors to her gypsy caravan at Chantry House and each afternoon 60-70 children picnicked in the Vicarage Garden and listened to the Storyteller and met Mr Toad.
Melbourne Festival really is a great credit to everyone involved, it’s amazing that after twelve years 90% of the work is still done by volunteers. The Festival team would like to thank our volunteers, hosts and all of the local companies who have sponsored the Melbourne 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.