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A Big Thank You!
A big thank you to the 550 + visitors who visited the Arts Trail this weekend. The feedback has been amazing and visitors, artists and the village have all voted the trail as a resounding success. There has been the odd hiccup but for a first event everyone pulled together to make things happen. There have been so many kind words from visitors and artists. The comments have been predominantly about the quality of the art which has been incredible, the friendliness of the village with its homes, spaces and gardens and not least the buses with their amazing bus drivers. Again a big thank you to everyone who made this happen and supported it and of course our two major sponsors DDDC and Longcliffe community fund.
Was it the art, the music, the fantastic Bonsall welcome, the pubs, the workshops, the bus drivers, the excellent range of vegetarian and vegan food, the burgers, the chance to visit the 15th century manor, or just a great day out?
Who knows, but let’s see what the visitors said:
‘We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the arts trail. Thank you for organising it. The village had a real buzz, the art, food and music were awesome and the organisation really good – the buses were a genius stroke. As residents we are really hoping it will be an annual event though appreciate you’ll probably have to start organising the next one tomorrow!’
‘Thank you to all the people involved in organising the arts trail. I know what an enormous amount of work went into it and it worked really well.’
‘Just wanted to say thank you for a lovely weekend.’
‘I know how expensive it is to run a Trail like this. Thank you so much for keeping the cost down to £5 and free for under 18s. As young artists being able to come to a trail like this is a real boost.’
‘I just wanted to congratulate all involved in the organisation of the trail this weekend. My mum and I took the park and ride in and it all worked really well. Not long to wait and drivers really helpful. Trail well advertised and signposted. Booklet helpful and artists very engaging.’
‘I’d just like to thank you for letting me be a part of the Arts Trail weekend. I met so many like-minded people, old and new, it was wonderful.’
Art Competitions and Awards
The £200 Longcliffe award is awarded for a work that references environmental reclamation. The sponsors of this prize are Longcliffe Calcium Carbonates whose local quarrying impacts the environment. In recognition the company has turned many of its disused sites into nature reserves and is committed to sustainable practice across all of its operations. All exhibiting artists are eligible.
From a shortlist of 8, a final winner was chosen. Click here to view all the entrants, the shortlist, and the winning entry.
The Turners prize of £100 in art materials vouchers, issued by our supporters Turners Art Supplies was awarded to the artist with the best display by public (visitors’) vote.
Children’s Turners Prizes of £50 and £25 (open to Bonsall CE School pupils) of art materials vouchers were awarded in the School
With continuing thanks to our sole sponsors