Arts scene continues to flourish as seaside village hosts festival

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.

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016, 14:19 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd June 2016, 15:23 pm
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

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.

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

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

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.

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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.

‘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’.

Viv Dykes with Lewis Hamilton at Monaco. Picture by Terry Collinson
Songs in the Park from Warkworth First School. Picture by Terry Collinson
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
Venue guides being sold by Gordon Inkster and Dorothea Sinton. Picture by Terry Collinson
Viv Dykes with Lewis Hamilton at Monaco. Picture by Terry Collinson
Songs in the Park from Warkworth First School. Picture by Terry Collinson
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