Sunday, 12 March 2017

Original Artwork Lottery at Swindon Festival of Literature

Last year we were fortunate enough to be able to advertise Swindon Open Studios at the Swindon Festival of Literature by holding an Original Artwork Lottery.
Last year we raised £600 for The Prospect Hospice and this year we are raising money for Twigs.
To find out more about the event we're holding this year, and how to take part, please visit the SOS .
We asked artists to submit artwork on card or paper measuring 5''x7'', including Eileen Cooper, Keeper at the RA who submitted a painting of an exuberant woman giving a high kick.
We framed the postcards, and they were mounted on large structures and hung on the landing at the Arts Centre where many of the events took place during the Swindon Festival of Literature.
There were some fabulous postcards submitted as you can see in the photos below:

 The postcards were unveiled by Matt Holland, organiser of the Festival:
Lottery tickets will be available during the Festival, as they were last year, costing £2 per ticket, or 3 tickets for £5.
The Launch of this year's festival is next Thursday 16 March, and from midday, we'll all be able to buy tickets for the SFL events, I've copied this information about this, the 24th Swindon Festival of Literature, it looks fabulous:

Authors due to appear in May are varied and many. They include author-politician David Owen; prize-winning novelists Lionel Shriver, Mark Lawson and Xiaolu Guo; columnist Polly Toynbee; psychiatrist-author Oliver James; philosophers Roman Krznaric and Stephen Law; courageous funny woman Francesca Martinez; science guru Marcus du Sautoy; kidnap-survivor Terry Waite; Archers’ linchpin Graham Harvey; royal writer Ingrid Seward; solo explorer Benedict Allen, and radio’s Charlotte ‘the voice’ Green.

As well as these, there are also numerous other talks, discussions, readings, and storytelling at theatres, arts venues, libraries, parks, museums, and even an ex-cowshed, in Swindon! 

Festival standing dishes also include the early-morning Dawn Chorus; the eighth and unique Swindon Think Slam; a Children & Families Day; the twenty-first Swindon Slam; and the fabulous Poems, Pints, and Music Finale! 

In lovely Lydiard Park, on the very first day of the Festival, there will be a freedom run, a health walk, and a fascinating talk!                                                          

The Festival is now firmly established on Wiltshire’s cultural calendar. It is loved locally and held in high regard nationally.

Jon Snow hailed it ‘remarkable, and a real surprise: the Tate Modern of the M4 corridor’; John Major, ‘perfect and punctual’; Joan Bakewell, 'delightful'; John Carey ‘terrific’; Melvyn Bragg ‘down to earth’; Will Self ‘sans spelling mistakes’; Chris Redmond ‘lots of heart and zero pretence’; Shaun B ‘comparable to love’; and John & Mary D ‘one of the main reasons we moved to Swindon!’

The Festival of Literature continues to thrive thanks to funding from Arts Council England, whose support represents recognition of the growth, value, and popularity of Literature-related activities in Swindon.

Other main partners and loyal sponsors of the Festival are Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Artswords, Swindon Libraries Service, Adult Community Learning, and Lower Shaw Farm. Further assistance comes from Wyvern Theatre, Swindon Arts Centre, Richard Jefferies Museum, Poetry Swindon, Waterstones Bookshop, The Tuppenny, Switch on to Swindon, Acorn Press, Pink Handbag, Swindon Viewpoint, Swindon Open Studios, Swindon Advertiser, Link Magazine, The Swindonian, BBC Wiltshire, Total Swindon, Swindonweb, Swindon Community Radio 105.5, plus a host of other local organisations and individuals.

Lastly here's a photo of last years winner of the Eileen Cooper postcard:

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