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Makers Festival

Over 400 works by Artists and Makers in Venues Throughout the Welsh Border Marches Town of Kington.

The Marches Makers Festival will be held in Kington on the Early Spring Bank Holiday weekend of 4 to 6 May. it will showcase artworks by local artists and craftspeople in venues throughout the town.

St Mary’s Church will exhibit up to 50 artists and makers including painting, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, furniture, jewellery, handmade prints, iron and metal work, stained glass, handmade books, accessories and medieval crafts; Hergest Croft Gardens and Penrhos Court will host outdoor sculpture, the Old Police Station shows a variety of work including unusual lamps made from reclaimed materials, Made in the Marches Gallery offers festival artists alongside its own eclectic collection, Leg of Mutton Gallery shows unique ceramics, Border Bean Café exhibits work by pupils from Lady Hawkins’ School, the Oxford Arms hosts an exhibition of crafts and weaving by ECHO, an organisation which works with disabled people; the Market Hall holds the Art & Craft Market with a variety of high quality artisanal stalls and live demonstrations throughout the weekend, Kington Art Society hold their annual exhibition to showcase their members’ work in painting, mixed media and 3D in Kingswood Village Hall.

The Christine Forrester Award

This new Award offers a prize of £200 and the winning artist/maker will be selected from the Festival exhibitors. We are grateful to our patron Christine Forrester for funding this prize.

The Peoples’ Choice Prize

You are invited to vote for your favourite artwork in any of the Festival venues. The winner will receive a prize of £50. We are grateful to our patron Christine Forrester for funding this prize.

High Street Shops

10 local businesses in the High Street and Bridge Street will be displaying artworks by Festival artists and makers. Look out for the distinctive bunting design as you walk along the street.

LOVE Kington project: all along the High Street there will be cheerful, professionally hand-painted signs with positive words showing how we feel about our town. These words were chosen by schoolchildren and care home residents working with local artists.

We are grateful to Kington Town Council, Kington Chamber of Trade, Kington United Charities, the Arts Council, the Golsoncott Foundation, Herefordshire Community Foundation, Herefordshire Great Place, the Elmeley Foundation and the William A Cadbury Charitable Trust for providing funding.


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.