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ISFIELD FESTIVAL OF TALENT - ARTWAVE 2018

We are delighted and excited to announce that Isfield Village Hall is hosting an ISFIELD FESTIVAL OF TALENT exhibition on August 24th to 26th inclusive, as part of ARTWAVE 2018, in order to showcase and celebrate the many artists we have in our local community and surrounding area. Artwave is an open, inclusive and very popular annual festival of artists and makers from Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and surrounding villages. Over 140 artists exhibit in studios, homes, community halls, pubs, galleries and workshops around our beautiful county of East Sussex. Last year the Artwave festival attracted over 42,822 visitors across the 143 venues. In 2017, 50% of those visitors also visited local restaurants, pubs, shops and hotels. The estimated economic benefit to the area, over three weekends, was £1.3m.

 

Although very successful art exhibitions have been held before in Isfield Village Hall, in 2018 Isfield's Festival of Talent will be the first time an event has been organised at the village hall as part of Artwave. The exhibition is designed to highlight the vibrant talents of our diverse range of local artists and makers and includes paintings, jewellery, prints, woodcuts, woven willow baskets, sculpture, drawings, botanical art and calligraphy from over 30 artists and makers. Works will be for sale as well as exhibition. Isfield Art Group are mounting a display of their work too in the refreshments area.

 

We are very grateful to our exhibiting artists, to our sponsors and to our many volunteers who have organised and will run this event, in particular Peter Rigby (Hanging Chairman), Adele Scantlebury, Peter Holmes and Katherine Meakin (Hanging Committee, Promotion, Sponsorship and Project Management), Brenda Reynolds and her team of Isfield Art Group Members and Friends of Isfield Village Hall who will provide teas and home made cakes throughout the event.

 

An invitation only Private View will be held on Thursday 23rd August, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, to which all Friends of Isfield Village Hall will be invited. Opening hours for the exhibition will be 11am to 6pm on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August and 11am to 4pm on Sunday 26th August (exhibition closing at 4pm on the Sunday 26th for collection of artworks).

 

New Yoga Class starting in September 2018

Looking for a way to feel better in your body and mind? Got general aches and pains and feeling a bit less flexible that you used to? Find that you can't switch off your mind or struggle with anxiety? Come and join Jane O'Donnell for yoga. It's a common myth that you need to be flexible to do yoga, which is just not true. Yoga is good for all bodies, and brilliant for the mind too. This relaxed and friendly new Isfield class is suitable for beginners and those with experience too. Jane has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for some years now, and she has a background in nursing and hypnotherapy, so she is very interested in the mind/body connection. Classes are informal, with some music, full guidance given and a long relaxation at the end. Jane has never found anyone who didn't feel better afterwards. Mats and blocks provided, just bring an open mind. Give Jane a call on 07812 578181 to learn more and register your interest, and take a look at her website. Tuesday morning classes (9.30am to 10.30am) are running on 10th and 17th of July then restart on September 11th, £9 drop in or £8 if booked per half term block.

 

New Art Class starting in September 2018

Ringmer based Artist and Art tutor, Louise Gorst of MINDFULLY CREATIVE, is starting up a new Art course on Monday mornings from September, called EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING & PAINTING. There will be a different theme each term and participants will be invited to explore a range of experimental approaches to art through drawing, painting, collage, mixed media and mono-printing. Working from both observation and the imagination there will be guided exercises, an opportunity for individual projects and occasional collaborative work. This course is suitable for beginners as well more experienced artists and offers the opportunity to widen creative expression, address creative 'blocks' and encourage more spontaneity, enjoyment and mindfulness in making art.

 

Dates: September 10 - November 26 (no class 15 & 22 October)

Cost: 10 weeks £150 includes most materials

 

Louise has many years' experience teaching a range of Art classes and leading groups in creative exploration. For more information and to book a place contact Louise on louise.gorst@gmail.com or 01273 814683 or 07717 240307

 

Note: For avoidance of any confusion, the above class is an entirely separate activity to the well established and attended Isfield Art Group which continues to meet Thursday afternoons 2pm to 4pm in the village hall. Our next term starts on September 6th. We also have occasional master classes and painting days outside. For more details please email Katherine on .

 

 

'The Friends of Isfield Village Hall'

The closure of Isfield Preschool after 40 years in the village was a sad loss to the community which impacted Isfield Village Hall severely; Preschool's subsidised hiring fees amounted to approximately 40% of our income in recent years. This was a huge blow, but we are financially stable and expect to be able to meet our day-to-day running costs with the ongoing support of our users, by continuing to run our own events, and by monitoring our expenditure even more closely, because we have:

 

- Renovated the hall completely in August 2017; this was badly needed, is a great success and should last a good few years, keeping maintenance costs down. We were extremely fortunate to receive generous donations from KPS Composting, Millwoods Designer Homes and Isfield Parish Council towards the costs of renovations.

- Increased our revenue by diversifying over the past three years; by running surveys to ascertain which activities would be successful and to promote them (as far as budgets allow), by finding and nurturing providers (e.g. Wine Club, Art Group, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Vintage dance classes, Floral workshops etc.) and also by holding our own fundraising events (e.g. Frost Fair, Open Day, Race Nights, Film shows).

 

The 'Friends of Isfield Village Hall' is an important part of our efforts to combat the loss of Preschool's subsidised hire fees as this initiative enables us to build up reserves for regular maintenance costs (e.g. floor, internal and external decoration) and to make more improvements in the future (e.g. to the toilets, including a disabled toilet).

 

When 'The Friends of Isfield Village Hall' was launched in September 2017 we are proud and delighted to report that we received very strong support from the whole community with many Friends joining and donating to our long term maintenance reserves for which we are very grateful. Friends continue to join, and we very much welcome all new Friends. We will hold Friends' events (e.g. Private View at Artwave in August, Christmas party in December) and to set up a Friends' Advisory Group to help us involve the wider community in setting Village Hall priorities. To join the Friends please email Katherine on to obtain a form.

 

 

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