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Makers Festival

The Marches Makers Festival 5 – 7 May 2018 is a brand-new venture organised by the Marches Makers to showcase the wealth of talent we have in this area. The remit is broad: from top-flight artists with international reputations to crafters reviving ancient practices and community creativity that includes music, story-telling, sculpture, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, painting, print-making, blacksmithing, book-binding, basket-making and so much more. Venues in and around Kington will host an eclectic display of talent that will offer something for everyone.

Venues and Galleries

Over the three days of the bank holiday the exhibition will cover a variety of venues in Kington. These will be open from 10am to 4pm, although individual galleries may have their own opening times. Venues are curated and work will be available to buy, but must remain on display until the end of the Festival. Participating galleries include Made in the Marches, Studio 54 and Leg of Mutton (see Links page).

Craft Market and Workshops

There will be the opportunity to see local makers at work in the Market Hall on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May, when we hold our Craft Market. Also on these days there will be a craft cafe at Harmony Handmade at 47 High Street. The Old Police Station will showcase work by a dozen makers, while St Mary’s church will host over 40. Keep an eye on our News and Events pages for more.

Marches Makers Festival - Mission Statement

Art or craft – which is it? How to define it? An old argument. All artists and craftspeople make something: sculpture, pictures and images, ceramics, film, jewellery, furniture, music, performance, textiles, poetry; the innate human creative drive to manifest a vision, to express an idea, to challenge attitudes, to bring forth beauty.

Marches Makers Festival is the initiative of local creators who make their living doing this. We have come together to make something new: a Festival to celebrate what we do, how and where we do it. Involving venues and galleries in and around Kington, public spaces and local attractions, the festival will embrace all forms of making, traditional and contemporary.

Our ambition is to establish Kington as a focal point for high quality creative endeavour, to position the Marches Makers Festival in the calendar as a vibrant and exciting event that will attract people to our town and provide a showcase for local makers to exhibit and sell their work. Supported by Kington Town Council and Kington Chamber of Trade, the Marches Makers Festival will join the Walking Festival, Food Fairs, Agricultural Show and Spring Greens Fair as a sparkling addition to the gems in Kington’s crown.