Lady Bay Arts Festival

I’m exhibiting at the Lady Bay Arts Festival

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About the Lady Bay Arts Festival

Lady Bay is a lovely area just south of Nottingham city centre between the banks of the River Trent to the north and the Grantham canal to the south.

The Lady Bay Arts Festival is held in every third weekend in May. It is an artist led non-profit festival organised by volunteers. Theres are 32 venues including homes, gardens and studios together with the local primary school, church and businesses. The theme for the 2017 festival is “fabrication”. The festival committee selects top artists and makers from the East Midlands to exhibit. This year they have chosen eighty people who work in a variety of media, such as ceramics, felting, jewellery, painting, photography, pottery, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and video. This will be my first time exhibiting at an arts festival. I’m feeling a little nervous because I’ll be exhibiting alongside artists, whereas knitwear designs aren’t normally thought of as art. I hope visitors will like my work. I’ll be showing pattern samples and selling my patterns, kits, tools and greetings cards.

Information for Visitors

The festival takes place from 11 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday 20th and from 11 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday 21st May. Adults will need to buy an entrance ticket; children under 16 have free admission. Tickets are £3.00 per adult and include entrance to all 23 venues (for the weekend), as well as a brochure and map for the Arts Trail. You can buy entrance tickets from the following venues: Lady Bay Primary School (venue 1), All Hallows Church and Halls (venue 23), The Poppy and Pint (venue 9) and 131 Holme Road (venue 18).

Green and red balloons, as well as numbers, will mark all venues.

Map showing venue locations for Lady Bay Arts Festival

 The school (venue 1) will host artist-led workshops, as well as free activities for children and young people. Workshops on building an installation and bookbinding will take place at venues 20 and 28, respectively.

Work from the finalists of the Young Person’s Visual Art Award will be on display at the school and there’ll be a photography exhibition at the Framework Hostel for Young People.

The Poppy Folk Club will be performing and there’ll be wandering musicians!

Refreshments will be available in several lovely gardens (venues 2, 14, 18, 27), the church (venue 23) and the school (venue 1), as well as local cafes and pubs.

Street parking is limited in Lady Bay, so it would be great if you could use public transport. The no. 11 bus (green route) comes to Lady Bay from the Market Square and Victoria Centre.

Come and say hello!

I’m looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible next weekend. You’ll find me in Farr Hall at All Hallows Church (venue 23).

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