Arts scene continues to flourish as seaside village hosts festival

Poster artist Peter Drew, second from right, presents the original of his winning painting to the Vicar of St John's Church, the Rev Ian MacKarill. Picture by Terry Collinson
Poster artist Peter Drew, second from right, presents the original of his winning painting to the Vicar of St John's Church, the Rev Ian MacKarill. Picture by Terry Collinson

Alnmouth was the place to be for arts fans at the weekend as the seaside village hosted the 12th edition of its highly-anticipated festival.

As in previous years, the 2016 Alnmouth Arts Festival saw the whole village used to showcase the work of artists, creators and craftspeople from ‘twixt Tyne and Tweed.

Venue guides being sold by Gordon Inkster and Dorothea Sinton. Picture by Terry Collinson

Venue guides being sold by Gordon Inkster and Dorothea Sinton. Picture by Terry Collinson

Running on Saturday and Sunday, the event hosted 75 artists and local art groups this year at a variety of venues.

This was also the fifth year that the poster and programme image for the festival has been selected through a competition run in the Gazette. This year’s winner was Peter Drew, with his striking black and white image.

As well as the art exhibits, there were also activities in Pease’s Park, music and dance performances, food and drink on sale and a chance to see the Alnmouth community skiff.

A statement from the organisers said: ‘The 12th annual Alnmouth Arts Festival is now over and the festival committee would like to thank all the people who attended over the weekend, the participating artists, all of those who allowed us to use their venues and all of the volunteers who gave up their time to help the festival run so smoothly.

Viv Dykes with Lewis Hamilton at Monaco. Picture by Terry Collinson

Viv Dykes with Lewis Hamilton at Monaco. Picture by Terry Collinson

‘We were lucky to have good weather after poor weather all week leading up to the festival and we hope you all enjoyed the event’.

Songs in the Park from Warkworth First School. Picture by Terry Collinson

Songs in the Park from Warkworth First School. Picture by Terry Collinson

Picture by Terry Collinson

Picture by Terry Collinson

The Lift performed by members of the Dansformation group. Picture by Terry Collinson

The Lift performed by members of the Dansformation group. Picture by Terry Collinson

The festival's youngest exhibitor, 12-year-old Matt Robson. Picture by Terry Collinson

The festival's youngest exhibitor, 12-year-old Matt Robson. Picture by Terry Collinson