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ArtScilly2010 – The Isles of Scilly Arts Festival

The Isles of Scilly launch a new Arts Festival, highlighting a diverse and talented range of artists active across this unique Island community, 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall.

ArtScilly 2010, May 8th to 15th 2010, is a new festival to celebrate the unique environment of the Isles of Scilly that vitally contributes to making some of the highest quality and most distinctive art in Cornwall and the South.   The festival is designed to engage and educate the senses, stimulate the imagination, fuse culture and interpretation … all within the incomparable context of the islands.  In its inaugural year, the Festival is a partnership between the Council of the Isles of Scilly and the local community of artists, galleries, community organisations and craftspeople … presenting the best, exciting and most intriguing elements that local Arts have to offer.

The glorious landscapes and seascapes of the Isles of Scilly offer incredible settings for artists and visitors alike to respond to and be inspired by.  The Isles of Scilly are the smallest AONB designation in the UK and possess a diversity of scenery that belies their small scale. Panoramas of sea and sky are punctuated by lenses of low-lying land. The archipelago combines rugged granite cliffs and headlands, sparkling sandy bays, hidden coves, shifting dunes and saline lagoons. The sea surrounding Scilly is remarkably clear with translucent azure and turquoise shallows and darker blue and green hues in deep offshore waters.  The quality of air in Scilly is exceptionally high and the resulting quality of light enhances colour and clarity, providing an artistic backdrop like no other location in the UK.  The local Arts community has drawn on the details and history of this environment for many years.    There is an abundance of local artisans, authors, historians, photographers and performers who have captured, and continue to portray, the many moods and aspects of the Isles.  Each Island boasts its own arts community, with their own unique passions and experiences.

The timetable of events and exhibitions is tailored around a wide range of demonstrations, displays, exhibitions, events, talks, walks and workshops bringing a greater understanding and appreciation of the talent on the islands.   The event will be a tool for making art not only consumable but most importantly accessible: leading to the expression of ideas, creativity, fostering new talent, personal development, and greater understanding of the Islands, Island history, and the unique environment of the Isles of Scilly.   

 ArtScilly 2010 draws on the strengths of the Islands’ Arts sector, its quality and originality, to offer a high quality, unique experience to new and existing visitors as well as the local population.

The festival will encompass exhibitions, events, and workshops across all of the Islands.  Activities will cover a wide ranging spectrum across the arts, including:  fine arts, arts and crafts, literature and creative writing, performing arts such as drama and music, photography, film and more.

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