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Lytham Arts Festival 2015 update

Enjoyed taking part in this year’s Lytham Arts Festival and meeting some interesting people… friends that popped by to say hello and see my display at Stringers Homelife, visitors interested in chatting to me about my work, watching the demos or having a go at making their own pair of shell bead earrings and it was also a great opportunity to get to know some of the other artists taking part in the festival.

On the last evening, I used the festival guide to help me visit all the shops taking part and see a variety of artwork displayed in their windows (due to it raining, I didn’t take any photos).

Roll on next year…
Samantha x

Lytham Arts Festival

Saturday 4 – 11 July 2015

jewelart celtic style pearl earrings
seaside theme

The Lytham Arts Festival brings art into the heart of Lytham and in 2015 over 70 artists will exhibit, perform and entertain from over thirty venues in the town (text from the Lytham Arts Festival website).

  • this years theme is ‘seaside’

I’m looking forward to being part of this years festival and have been partnered with Stringers Homelife, next door to Booths.

jewelart seaside theme jewellery

During the festival 4-11 July, I will have a small window display of selected seaside theme jewellery pieces and on the festival weekends I will be there with a bigger display of my work, demonstrating and doing tasters.

jewelart demos and tasters

DEMOS & TASTERS

wirework demos: 11-1pm

Saturdays 4 and 11 July
watch me making pearl and shell brooches using twisting and wrapping techniques to create gorgeous unique brooch designs

Sunday 5 July
watch me making celtic style pearl and shell earrings using a jig to create wire shapes, as well as other wire manipulation techniques to attach a pearl drop and earring hooks.

beaded tasters: 2-4pm (on the half hour)

Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Saturday 11 July
come along and have a go creating a pair of your own bespoke shell beaded earrings using tigertail thread and plated ear hooks. Its a really easy, fun activity and your earrings will only take you 15-20 minutes to create. Its a free to take part and suitable for adults and children (from 6 years old with adult supervision).

For more info on Stringers Homelife
website: www.stringers-lytham.co.uk/Homelife
facebook page: www.facebook.com/StringersLytham


 

beaded cord bracelet
beaded cord bracelet workshop

As part of the Festival I’m also doing a jewellery making workshop at Crafty4Art in Lytham

WORKSHOP

jewellery making workshop: 2-4pm
(limited spaces / booking required via Liz at Crafty4Art)

Thursday 9 July
make your own bespoke beaded cord bracelet with shell beads and button fastener.

For more info on Crafty4Art
website: www.crafty4art.co.uk
facebook page: www.facebook.com/crafty4art


 

Lytham makes a great day out, there is a great variety of independent shops, lovely coastal walks and cafes.

For more info on Lytham Arts Festival
website: www.lythamartsfestival.org
facebook page: www.facebook.com/LythamArtsFestival

Lytham Life and Style
website: www.lythamlifeandstyle.co.uk

jewelart shell earrings
jewelart ‘seaside theme’ shell earrings, in the background is a ceramic piece from Gallery at Brockholes

 

Other things to do:
On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July, the Gallery at Brockholes are having their launch weekend. Ideal if you are travelling over to Lytham and want to combine it with a visit there.

Gallery at Brockholes is run by the Art & Craft Guild of Lancashire, made up of a wide range of the finest local artists, designers and makers. A great selection of ceramics, textiles, jewellery, glass, art, photography, furniture and turned wood. There are 4 themed exhibitions each year featuring different guest artists from the area.

For more info on the Gallery at Brockholes
website: www.thegalleryshop.co.uk
facebook page: www.facebook.com/guildgallery
brockholes website: www.brockholes.org/gallery-brockholes

Lytham Hall part2

Lytham Hall – venue for the Spring Art Market 2015

It was super to take part in such a lovely art and craft event – an interesting historical venue, an amazing standard of selected North-West arts and crafts, a well organised and promoted event and great to meet visitors interested in arts and crafts.

We were lucky, it was sunny on the Saturday and the event started off buzzing with visitors, it then eased off, with a steady number of people looking round… which was pretty good, considering the time of year and that Lytham Hall is a bit of the beaten track. It was an enjoyable event to be part of; an opportunity to meet interesting artists and visitors and its always lovely when my jewellery gets compliments and some of it goes off to new homes. Samantha x

Interview with Hopeful and Glorious:

“There are such amazing talented artists and craftspeople in the North-West, and we’ve often been frustrated with events we’ve attended as makers and as visitors.

“All the Hopeful and Glorious fairs are selected. Artists apply, sending images of their work with their application. This helps ensure that there is a good quality and range of work, without a duplication of similar arts and crafts. Its important to us to make it an interesting and enjoyable event for both the artists taking part and the people coming to visit the event.

Lytham Hall
from small seeds…

“We are particularly keen to support artists and designer-makers from the North of England, not just via the fair, but also from the extra promotion on our website, social media and press releases.

“The Spring Art Fair at Lytham Hall is followed by an event in May at the Museum of Lancashire, and there is small program of further events planned at interesting Lancashire venues.”

Visit the Hopeful & Glorious website for more info

Hopefully, more people will come along and help support these events, take the opportunity to meet the makers and artists, help to publicise them and maybe buy some local handmade arts and crafts. Samantha x

Further links:

venue Lytham Hall
photos: artist Andy Walmsley, artist Katie – Sketchbuck, textile artist Diana Morrison, screenprinters and illustrators Bullie.

Lytham Hall part1

historical Lancashire venue for the Hopeful & Glorious Spring 2015 Art Market

I took these photos on my iphone on a cold February day, as I had a flying visit to Lytham Hall after taking some jewellery pieces into the Drift Gallery in nearby St. Anne’s.

Lytham Hall is a hidden treasure, as I’ve been going to Lytham and St Anne’s for many years and never even knew of its existence… I will be there this April with a selection of my jewelart jewellery at the Spring Art Market.

The Spring Art Market is held on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April and is open from 11-4pm in the West Wing area, next to the courtyard and above the cafe. There is free entry and limited car parking, or park nearby in Lytham and walk through the Hall grounds and parkland.
There will be over 25 stalls of glorious handmade arts and crafts. Its a great opportunity to meet and chat to the artists / designer-makers about their work and perhaps buy something a bit different.

Watch a video from the Winter Art Market 2014 at Lytham Hall on the Hopeful & Glorious website

History info from Wikipedia (rewritten) 
Lytham Hall is an 18th Century Georgian Country House in Lytham, Lancashire, situated a mile from the centre of town in 78 acres of wooded parkland.

Its history goes back much further, as it was recorded as ‘Lidun’ in the doomsday book of 1086. Then, in the 12th Century it was given to Benedictine monks of Durham Priory for the foundation of a monastic cell, Lytham Priory.
Following the dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s it passed through various hands, before being acquired by local landowner and staunch catholic Cuthbert Clifton in 1606 who built a house on the land. His descendant, Thomas Clifton replaced the house with the current Hall, which was built 1757-1764 to the design of John Carr of York in the Palladian style. For the next 200 years, the Clifton estate at its largest comprised 8,000 acres.

During the stewardship of Colonel John Talbot Clifton the railway was built along the estate’s southern boundary and housing built on part of the land, the Clifton estates building many of the fine houses along Clifton Drive in Lytham.

His colourful grandson John Talbot Clifton took over in 1882 at the age of 14. During the First World War Lytham Hall was used as a military hospital and afterwards the Clifton family moved to Ireland – and then onto Scotland, he was a passionate traveller and died on an expedition to Timbuktoo in 1928.  His wife Violet Beauclerk was the last person to live in the house.

Their son, Henry De Vere Clifton managed to squander the rest of the Clifton fortune and Lytham Hall and the remaining estate was sold off in the 1960s and the Hall was used for a while as office accommodation.

Lytham Hall is a grade 1 listed building, on the Heritage at Risk register and was purchased by Lytham Town Trust in 1997 with a donation from BAE systems and is currently leased to the Heritage Trust for the North West.

More info on Lytham Hall

Let me know if any of the Lytham Hall info is incorrect and I’ll amend it. Samantha x

Astley Hall and park

Atmospheric lovely Lancashire location, a place that holds many memories for me… 

I used to live next to the park and for 5 years had a lovely walk through (or around) Astley park to get to school.  Being my local park, I would spend many hours hanging out there, climbing trees and jumping streams, walking and day dreaming. It was really a great way to experience the changing seasons in the park and woods. The atmospheric misty mornings, frosty scenes of a winter wonderland, scattered snowdrops and spring daffodils, followed by balmy summer evenings. 

Astley Hall Astley Hall and parkland is known as the jewel in Chorley’s crown.
It lies between Chorley and its neighbouring villages of Euxton and Astley Village.

Astley Hall is of Jacobean origin and has 105 acres of parkland, its beautifully situated next to an ornamental lake and there are woodland walks, picnic areas, bowling greens, tennis courts, animal enclosures and children’s play areas. A few years ago its walled garden and Georgian stable block was refurbished and it has a cafe (cafe ambio), classrooms and exhibition area.

The Hall and parkland was home to several important local families, until it was given by Reginald Arthur Tatton to Chorley Corporation in 1922 to be used as a war memorial and museum for the benefit of local people.

Astley Hall and park is a lovely place to visit. Its free to enter (optional donation) and there is also free parking a few minutes walk away in Astley village. During the winter months the Hall is sometimes closed or just open at weekends, its best to check the current opening times before visiting.

For more info on Astley Hall visit the: Chorley council website

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my photographs and discovering about this lovely Lancashire place that inspires me, Samantha x