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With just over a week to go, the countdown has begun for the start of Isles of Scilly’s annual celebration of local artists and creative talent, Art Scilly, which takes place across the archipelago from 12th - 19th May.

This year, Art Scilly is supported by Creative Islands, one of 16 national Cultural Destinations projects funded by Arts Council England which aim to encourage partnerships between the cultural and visitor economies, thereby enabling culture to become a prominent part of the visitor offer.

The programme, which extends across all five of the inhabited islands, includes a wealth of intimate workshops in all media, expert tuition from local artists, open studios and gallery soirees. Headlining the festival and new for 2018 is an imaginative competition and exhibition curated by the Creative Islands team, “Paint the Day”, featuring local established art-ists, students, and budding, visiting artists.

Professionals, amateur enthusiasts, visitors and young people are all invited to sign up and produce an original artwork in any medium that records any aspect of Scilly on just one day - Saturday 12th May. All artworks must be completed within an eight-hour time slot, between 9am and 5pm, and will then be exhibited for free in a pop-up gallery on St. Mary's. Prizes will be awarded in three categories and all the work will be offered for sale, providing a unique souvenir of this amazing week.

Art Scilly also welcomes back to the islands Paul Dodgson, an eminent creative writer and TV producer who will host a fun, informal day-long Creative Writing Workshop to encourage all those wannabe writers to explore their inner author. He will also adjudicate the fringe St. Mary's One Act Play festival which returns for another often hilarious evening with local writers performing rehearsed readings from original scripts.

Throughout the week, there'll also be the usual masterclasses and workshops hosted by a variety of artists across the islands all using their preferred mediums - from watercolour with Stephen Morris and fused glass with Oriel Hicks, to acrylics with Liz Bray, linocut printmaking with Vickie Heaney, making of mandalas (Gail Payne) and silk scarves (Liz Askins), plus sketching with Sue Lewington and oil painting with Steve Sherris.

The island of St. Agnes will be hosting an arts afternoon at Pot Buoys Gallery, in the Island Hall and at the Church, Tresco Gallery will be showcasing the paintings and sculptures from various artists' winter residency on the island, whilst on St. Martin's there'll be a satellite Paint the Day featuring the school children.

David Jackson, Executive Director of the Islands' Partnership, says: “We’re really looking forward to this year’s Art Scilly festival and we’re delighted that our Creative Islands team, thanks to Arts Council England, has been able to support our local artists to offer even more on the programme this year. There is so much creative talent across the archipelago with artists attracted to Scilly for its sheer beauty, incredible colour contrasts, island heritage and stunning light. We hope that visitors coming to the islands for Art Scilly will be drawn to get involved and be inspired to take home some wonderful creations of their own.”

The full Art Scilly Programme can be viewed online at visitislesofscilly.com/artscilly. Printed programmes will also be available on island throughout the festival. For booking enquiries, particularly about Paint the Day, please contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01720 620600 or the Creative Islands team on 01720 620601.

Upcoming Events

  • Tue
    12
    Jan
    2016
    All dayIP office

    There will be no formal training for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter this year; instead if you want some top tips and ideas on how to get started or progress with social media, come and see Amy, Sam or Carolyn at the Islands' Partnership office. We don't know everything, but we'll do our best to answer your questions (and if we can't we'll endeavour to find out the answers for you!)

  • Tue
    26
    Jan
    2016
    10.15am - 12.15pmSteamship House
  • Tue
    26
    Jan
    2016
    Wed
    27
    Jan
    2016
    All dayLife Long Learning (next to Sports Hall)

    Design and build your own Wordpress website, with maximised SEO capability and essential plug ins. This training is being delivered by an external supplier and, depending on numbers, will cost in the region of £120 and £150 per person. A non-refundable £30 deposit will be required at the time of booking. We also recommend those attending to also turn up to the "writing for websites" training session on Thursday 3rd December. This is complimentary for IP members and complementary to J January's course (!).

  • Wed
    24
    Feb
    2016
    Thu
    25
    Feb
    2016
    Town Hall, St. Mary's

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  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2016
    Sun
    06
    Mar
    2016
    All dayAcross Scilly

    A pre-season clean and tidy up and beach cleans across the islands

    The date has been been changed this year to coincide with "Clean for the Queen" campaign, being coordinated by Keep Britain Tidy in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday. (It was originally arranged for the weekend before Easter)

  • Mon
    07
    Mar
    2016
    Fri
    11
    Mar
    2016
    Porthmellon Enterprise Centre

  • Sat
    09
    Apr
    2016
    Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016
    All dayAcross the Islands

    A feast of walks across Scilly, and evening entertainment, to kick start the season. Now in its 11th year.

  • Thu
    14
    Apr
    2016
    10.15am - 12.15pmSteamship House
  • Sun
    01
    May
    2016
    Tue
    31
    May
    2016
    Across Scilly

    A month-long celebration of arts and culture on the Isles of Scilly

  • Mon
    09
    May
    2016
  • Wed
    11
    May
    2016
    10am - 4pmEden Project, Cornwall

    David, Carolyn and Amy will be there representing the IP and building relationships with potential suppliers and partners to businesses on Scilly

  • Thu
    12
    May
    2016
    7:00 pmSt Mellion
  • Mon
    16
    May
    2016
    7:30 pmPorthmellon Enterprise Centre, St Mary's
  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016
    11am-6pmWeslyan Chapel - TBC
  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016
    Thu
    19
    May
    2016
    From 5.30pmAll islands

    BRYHER Community Centre 5.30pm Tues 17th
    ST AGNES Island Hall 8pm Tues 17th
    TRESCO Community Centre 5.30pm Thurs 19th
    ST MARTIN'S Reading Room, Community Centre Thurs 19th

  • Wed
    18
    May
    2016
    6pm - 8pmSt Mary's - Steamship House
  • Tue
    24
    May
    2016
    10am - 4pmIP Office

    Come by and have a chat about how you can improve your business listing / advertising on the Visit Isles of Scilly website and make good use of the new live search by availability.

  • Thu
    26
    May
    2016
    10am - 4pmIP office

    Come by and have a chat about how you can improve your business listing / advertising on the Visit Isles of Scilly website and make good use of the new live search by availability.

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016

    100 teams of two swim and run across all the islands in one day.... a world cup qualifier!

  • Thu
    28
    Jul
    2016
    10am-12noonIP office - Steamship boardroom
  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2016
    Mon
    29
    Aug
    2016
    St Mary's

    Scilly's inaugural maritime jamboree - tall ships, sailing regatta, music and laughter and more!

  • Thu
    01
    Sep
    2016
    Fri
    30
    Sep
    2016
  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2016
    10am - 12 noonMincarlo Guesthouse
  • Wed
    12
    Oct
    2016
    10am - 3pmLifelong Learning Centre, St Mary's

    A day's event hosted by Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub. For all businesses - start-ups, young businesses looking to grow and large businesses seeking to expand.  Meet the professionals who can give you expert advice and help source financial aid. Not to be missed - it's free and lunch is included.

  • Wed
    12
    Oct
    2016
    6pm - 8pmSteamship House
  • Thu
    13
    Oct
    2016
    Mon
    17
    Oct
    2016
    Across the islands
  • Thu
    13
    Oct
    2016
    11.00am - 1.00pmChurch Hall, St. Mary's TBC
  • Thu
    08
    Dec
    2016
    10am - 12 noonLifelong Learning Centre, St Mary's
  • Fri
    23
    Dec
    2016
    5pm - 7pm TBCHugh Town
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