"ArtScilly 2010, May 8th to 15th 2010, is a new festival to celebrate the unique environment of the Isles of Scilly that vitally contributes to making some of the highest quality and most distinctive art in Cornwall and the South. The festival is designed to engage and educate the senses, stimulate the imagination, fuse culture and interpretation … all within the incomparable context of the islands. In its inaugural year, the Festival is a partnership between the Council of the Isles of Scilly and the local community of artists, galleries, community organisations and craftspeople … presenting the best, exciting and most intriguing elements that local Arts have to offer." Simply Scilly Website (unfortunately the page is no longer there)
It has to be admitted that the first ArtScilly festival had problems but, despite those, many on the islands did contribute to the festival and there was a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy, ranging from Aura Soma, Interactive Craft Demonstrations (enamel jewellery, bookbinding, stained glass, outdoor ink sketching, watercolours, quilting), music and drama performances, the Tresco Ale and Music Festival together with Art and Craft Exhibitions at various galleries on the islands. Seventeen island studios, workshops and galleries were open during the event, giving visitors the opportunity to chat to craftspeople and plenty of choice for shopping.
Stephen chose to offer a free informal and relaxed outdoor sketching morning on the Sunday which was a bit nerve-wracking because he really didn't know what to expect. He provided materials (clipboard, sheaf of paper, brush pen and water pen) and they went out onto Porthloo Beach, just in front of Glandore, to spend a pleasant couple of hours capturing simple pen impressions of the landscape and surroundings. (No photos unfortunately because the 'official Glandore photographer' was discouraged from stalking them on the beach ...)
Below are comments made by two of the participating artists (published with their permission)
"Having shown us what ink pen and water brush can achieve, Steve took us out on to Porthloo Beach and Newford Island trying out, for me, what was a completely new art form. My first tentative marks soon gave way to bolder and more carefree strokes. I must have caught Steve’s enthusiasm, for two days later I was out there sketching again. Being so quick drying, using the ink brush is a bit scary, but the effects can be fabulous. Thanks Steve; it was two hours well spent" (Chris Harrison)
"I just wanted to say a big 'Thank you' for the sketching morning on the beach during the ArtScilly week. It was so lovely to use a different medium and have the encouragement to be a bit more free with my drawing" (Chrissie Russell)
ArtScilly 2010 Brochure (to download to your computer, right click icon and choose 'Save Link As')