Newquay Art8 Festival …the story so far
The first Newquay Art8 Festival was held from 14th – 21st April 2012. It has been welcomed as a great contribution to the town a huge success by the artists and performers that took part; businesses and organisations that showed active support and by the local community and visitors who experienced the Festival activities.
The Art8 Festival is intended to celebrate and showcase the cultural and artistic activity already taking place in Newquay and surrounding villages, as well as bringing in artists and performers from further afield.
It provides opportunities for a broad range of local artists and performers to contribute towards improving the image of Newquay.
The success in 2012 has laid the basis for an annual Art8 Festival which will balance community participation with professional excellence by offering accessible opportunities to participate whilst supporting artistic contributions of significant calibre.
The Art8 Festival involved over 100 artists from different disciplines in over 50 events and over 20 exhibitions in 40+ venues across Newquay across 8 days. Peoples experience of the Festival ranged from chancing across one of the many activities on Newquay's Streets to consciously making a choice to take part in a Workshop, visit an exhibition or attend one of the events.
The programme included: -
- Why Don’t You - a series of Workshops/activities that sought to encourage people to try and develop creative activities from glass fusing through life drawing to drumming
- The Newquay Art Prize sought to engage the people of Newquay and visitors with contemporary art – commissioning 3 artists for work during the festival – this will be an annual prize
- The Arts Trail involved over 100 artists in exhibitions and demonstrations across the town
- Events held during the festival included a Vintage Fair and Fashion Show, The Last Blast of dance and music as well as a daily performance poet
- Evenings included live music at different venues, a Poetry Slam, Pub quiz and Opening and Thank You evenings including dance, music and exhibitions
- The premiere of the latest film of the work of Kurt Jackson included a Q & A with the artist