MELBOURNE FESTIVAL ART TRAIL
2018 dates are confirmed – SATURDAY 15th & SUNDAY 16th SEPTEMBER. Our “Call for Entries” for Artists is now OPEN and will close on 7th April 2018, visit ARTISTS page for details.
Make a date for Melbourne Festival!
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 thirteen 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 2017’s Melbourne Festival put the dates in your diary 15th & 16th September 2018, a showcase for Art and much more open from 10am to 5pm both days.
The 2017 Trail included Art, music, food, crowds of people and the sun shone! The boards, bunting and banners are stored away ready for the 2018 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 2018!
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 2017 thanks to a Heritage Lottery Sharing Heritage Grant we collaborated with People Express and Talking Birds on “For the Love of Lettuce” a project celebrating Melbourne’s Market Gardening Heritage. For the 2017 Art Trail we had popup vegetable plots around the Trail, installations and performances, inspired by memories, anecdotes and photographs collected as part of the project, by Artists commissioned as part “For the Love of Lettuce”. Photographer Christopher Mear also exhibited his photographs of Heaths of Melbourne, F Jackson & Son and William Sharp & Sons taken during regular visits to our three remaining Market Gardens during 2017.
Other highlights of 2017’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 Holly Kerslake . The quality, and variety of entries was excellent this year and we are looking forward to seeing how our young artists develop. Details of the 2018 Emerging Talent Awards will be available in mid-February.
Possibly the most entertaining parts of the 2017 Festival were the family activities. In 2017 the Mr McGregor, Mrs Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny were popping up around the Trail and following on from all of our work in Schools this year the vicarage garden was transformed into Mr McGregors garden and each afternoon 60-70 children picnicked in the Vicarage Garden and listened to Mr McGregor tell them the tale of Peter Rabbit.
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. The Festival is a Not for Profit organisation and all income in ploughed back into the next years event.