Over 50 artists signed up for Langford Arts Festival
By David Wood
Following the huge success of its launch event, The Langford Arts Festival is returning to the Cotswold village from Saturday 31st July - Sunday 1st August 2021 with a record 50 artists on board.
The festival will feature the work of amateur and professional artists, ranging from watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings, prints and photography through to sculpture, glass, jewellery and pottery.
There will be something to suit any budget; works from sought-after artists for collectors, through to pieces for people who just want to find something special for their home.
The event's founder, Ginny Bushell, who lives in Langford and is herself a keen amateur artist, said: "When we ran our first festival two years ago, we thought it might prove quite popular but nothing prepared us for the volumes of people and artists who wanted to get involved. And this year is all set to be bigger still. It's wonderful."
To reflect its increased scale and scope, the festival is taking place in four key locations in Langford, which is itself a classic Cotswold village.
St Matthew's Church in Langford, which dates back to the 11th Century, is the atmospheric setting where the bulk of the artists' work will be displayed and sold. There will also be art on show at a number of other locations in the village, enabling visitors to experience all that the village has to offer.
If people want to watch and try as well as buy, there will be plenty of live art-based activities taking place in Langford during the festival. These include artists sketching and painting about the village, art installations, and arts and crafts for visitors to try such as a blacksmith offering a metalwork taster sessions, plaster plaque making, pottery, children's painting and more!
The festival will also auction off for charity a signed limited-edition print by Jake Chapman, the celebrated British artist, who together with his brother Dinos forms the famous, and often shocking, art duo, the Chapman Brothers.
With homemade cakes, light lunches and refreshments served throughout, plus a bar serving wine and local beers, Langford Arts Festival will provide the perfect day out for both families and serious art enthusiasts.
Set in West Oxfordshire, Langford (GL7 3LN) is on the Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire/ Wiltshire border half an hour from Cheltenham.
The festival runs from 11am-5pm throughout the weekend, finishing on Sunday 1st August.
Entry is free - the optional catalogue is £2, with the funds raised going to charity.
To find out more visit www.langfordartsfestival.co.uk
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