After last year’s success, the Salisbury Contemporary Craft and Heritage Festival returns to the West Lawn of Salisbury Cathedral Close on the weekend 5-6 September, with over a hundred designers and makers showcasing their work.
Work on display includes textiles, glass, ceramics, metalwork, furniture and prints and this year the emphasis is on work with a strong contemporary aesthetic. Exhibits range from James Morton Evans’s intriguing furniture inspired by the human skeleton to Alison Graham’s striking, abstract patterned ceramic lampshades. A festival highight is the range of contemporary metalwork being shown, including work by silversmiths Stuart Jenkins, Brett Payne and Karina Gill.
Stuart Jenkins makes intriguing vessels full of unexpected contrasts, which highlight his skilled use of colour and surface textures, while Karina Gill’s work is an elegant fusion of her knowledge of metalwork and her interest in textile design. Contemporary jeweller Chris Boland’s gemstone rings and earrings feature bold, minimalist silver settings inspired by contemporary architecture and sculpture.
Metalworker and narrative artist Melanie Tomlinson will be exhibiting coloured metal and copper objects made by young people from the Unit and Salisbury Foyer, created as part of a community arts outreach project she ran recently. The youth project is funded by the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral.
Melanie is also running a special Magna Carta inspired workshop on Saturday 5 September at which visitors can create their own metalwork flowers, which will be planted in the ‘Magna Meadow’ when finished. Five other contemporary makers are also launching Magna Carta inspired craft pieces to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter.
For younger visitors there is a Magna Carta Treasure Trail around the Cathedral Green, which available on both days. Adults and older children can join two half-day workshops on Sunday: make a fun pincushion at the Vintage Lorry Pincushions Workshop run by sallydove, co-founder of Makers in Bristol or join internationally known artist Philip Hardaker for a Ceramic Art workshop, where you can create a mosaic tile. All workshops are bookable in advance and are first come first served.
New marquees in the Festival Village include a new makers’ Talk Tent, which will allows you to hear what inspires and drives our contemporary makers to create what they do and where you can view a series of Maker’s Films by R&A Collaborations, featuring national craft makers.
A ‘Human Library’ offers visitors the opportunity to explore Salisbury’s Heritage by taking out a ‘Human Book’. The ‘books’ on ‘loan’ cover a range of fascinating subjects including stone tools, what to look for when buying old rugs, and spitfires – not forgetting, of course, Magna Carta. They can be hired at the Information/Booking Point.
The Plain Arts marquee is showcasing the work of seven local makers, creating new works and demonstrating over weekend. On the Green popular heritage games like ‘Shove-Groat’ and ‘Fox and Geese’ make a welcome return and the SEIKOU Parkour group will be performing and leading Freerunning workshops.
For more information, to book up a workshop place or to book your tickets on-line and guarantee yourself fast-track entry, please visit the website.
Opening times: Saturday 5 September 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 6 September 10.30 – 16.00
Weekend Ticket costs (including all workshops, tours, talks & trails):
13-18 years/Students: £2
Under 13s: FREE