Fifteen Days in June!
The Third Biennial Broadway Arts Festival will educate, entrance and amuse all those with an interest in the Arts – not just graphic art, but also music, literature and drama.
The Festival will be formally opened by Brian Sewell, the notable, some may say notorious, London Evening Standard art critic. We look forward to hearing his acerbic and illuminating views.
The main feature exhibition will be a collection of work by our inspiration, John Singer Sargent – had he never come to Broadway we would have no Festival. It will be presented by the Ashmolean Museum Broadway and will continue until 27th July 2014. In addition, at least five long established galleries in the village will be mounting exhibitions of both traditional and contemporary painting.
Winners and accepted work in the Open Art Competition, now open nationally and with a £1000 first prize, will be on view throughout the Festival at Little Buckland Gallery.
Artists, both amateur and professional, will have the opportunity to join a series of Masterclasses, Workshops and Demonstrations, many of them to be held in some of our most beautiful local gardens. Tutors include the very highly regarded David Curtis ROI, RSMA, Mike Bernard RI, John Hammond SWAc and Edward Noott RBSA. Some of these gardens will also host separate tours guided by Marion Mako, a leading garden designer.
There will be five music events, ranging from Bach to Jazz. Maestros will include Michael Bochmann, violin, and Marcel Zidani, piano, performing both standard and lesser known works, while local favourite Debbie Arthurs and her group will be performing their distinctive brand of jazz.
The theme of the Festival is ‘Changing Times’. As 2014 is the centenary of the start of The Great War, we have a group of distinguished speakers - including Professor Sir Hew Strachan - who will explain how Edwardian Britain, at the head of the worlds’ greatest Empire, became involved in a devastating war which changed everything for ever.