Thousands expected at Alnmouth Arts Festival where 70 artists will exhibit their work

There is Art, food and music to look forward to as the 13th Alnmouth Arts Festival comes to the beautiful seaside Northumberland village. The event is going from ‘strength to strength’, according to Andrew Scott who operates a deli in the village and is also part of the event’s organizing committee. According to Scott, there will be 18 new artists putting their work on display during the event in addition to the 54 returning artists whose work has been on show at the event in the past.

While past events were mostly focussed on visual art, the scope this year will be slightly broader. Those attending the event will also be able to enjoy music and films, which are also considered art forms. There will also be dancing and street food. In case you’re bringing your children along, there will also be activities specially designed for them at the venue.

Andrew Scott, who is now chairing the committee, has been a part of the organizing committee for the past three years. He credits the team working with him for their wonderful work since the work is done on a voluntary basis. Most of the tasks involved such as setting up tables and putting up a marquee for artists are done by people in their spare time. All the money earned goes back to the festival.

For the poster, the organizers hold a competition to see who’ll come up with the best design. Stephen Jeffrey’s illustration of the village as a 3D collage was the winner this year. Stephen is an alumnus of the Glasgow school of Art and his work has been published in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and The Guardian. He has also worked for clients such as BBC Education and Saatchi & Saatchi while working for a design agency in London.

The freelance artist has lived in Newcastle since 1990 and likes to support local art events. According to Stephen, his illustration was made using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. His thoughts when coming up with the poster was to capture the location and the kind of crafts available at the festival. This was his third attempt at designing the winning poster.

Stephen will be among the artists showing and selling their work at the event which will feature painters, jewellery makers and printmakers among others. Father Eleftherious Koumasidis, a concert pianist and an Orthodox priest will be among the musical acts performing.

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