Artists set to descend on seaside village

The three poster winners - Francesca Simpson, Katherine Renton and Jane Jackson with their posters.
The three poster winners - Francesca Simpson, Katherine Renton and Jane Jackson with their posters.

An annual celebration of art from the Tyne to the Tweed in a north Northumberland seaside village takes place this weekend.

The 11th edition of the Alnmouth Arts Festival takes place in venues across the village on Saturday and Sunday.

As in the previous three years, the Gazette ran a competition to find an artwork to be used as the image for the festival poster and other publicity material.

It was won by Whittingham’s Elidh Gardiner.

She will be exhibiting at the festival this weekend, alongside more than 60 other artists and craftspeople, who will be showcasing their work in more than 20 venues.

The venues will be open from 10am to 5pm on each day, although there is also a preview evening tomorrow night from 5pm to 8pm.

While admiring, looking at, commenting on – and buying – art is the main focus of the event, there are a range of activities taking place in the village across the weekend.

Alnmouth Community Rowing Association will be welcoming visitors to its boathouse, while there will be free children’s activities, suitable for children up to 11, in Pease’s Park on both days between 10am and noon, then from 1pm to 3pm.

Also in the park, from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday night, singer-songwriter Jamie Squire will be performing.

Hog roast, veggie burgers and other food will be available from Hog’s Heaven in Pease’s Park, where there will also be a bar and barbecue to use on Saturday night during Jamie’s concert.