Foxhill

This was a development from last year’s micro exhibition in Foxhill Point. A portion of a small grant from B&NES Arts Development Team was used to finance this year’s large scale exhibition (along with a contribution from the CURO grant for the festival).
It was held in the Exhibition Room of Bath Central Library. This was a partnership initiative with Arty Buddies and B&NES Library Service and was an opportunity to showcase art works produced in Foxhill in the centre of the city.
Arty Buddies is an organisation that runs art groups established in Bath &NES communities and is supported by Time Bank Plus. The Foxhill group meets on Tuesday mornings at the small community building ‘Foxhill Point’ which is the former laundry for Dunster House (a block of flats in the centre of the Foxhill estate).
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• The art exhibition itself was held for seven days from Monday 1st June to Sunday 7th June
• The art exhibition opening event was held between 5pm and 6.15pm on Monday 1st June. The exhibition was opened by Cherry Beath, the Mayor of Bath.
The most senior contributor to the exhibition was Margery Crocker who is in her hundredth year and had never drawn before joining the art group at Foxhill.
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The exhibition opening went with a buzz and was enjoyed by all. During the week the exhibition had a steady flow of visitors with some lovely comments in the visitor’s book. The most frequently appearing word was ‘inspiring’.
A small selection of comments are shown below:
‘Very inspiring exhibition’
‘Inspiring and wonderful. Hopefully community art will flourish again’
‘Amazing and inspiring’
‘Wonderful and such a friendly group. Well done!’
‘Excellent exhibition. Really effective and affecting. Thanks for sharing your art.’
‘Beautiful work – colourful and inspiring.’
‘Excellent, some of the paintings were very moving.’
‘Most vibrant, adventurous, colourful and inspiring’
‘Brilliant exhibition. Well done everyone.’
‘Love the colours – what a high standard!’
‘Fantastic work! Beautifully presented too.’
‘Wow, so much work and detail makes this a very special set of pictures to view. Thank you.’
We also amassed quite a collection of visitor’s contributions both sketches and ‘word images’.
Tis exhibition will be going 'on tour' so watch out for it if you missed it during the Foxhill Festival.

Sun, kites, music and art!
This was the second Foxhill Festival and built on the successes and learning of last year’s. It was organised at short notice by a very small team taking advantage of a CURO grant. Our partners were Arty Buddies and the Bath and NE Somerset Library Service.

It included arts and crafts and music events as well as a guided local walk. Kite making was provided as this year’s crafts element and a picnic and kite flying event replaced last year’s ‘Party in the Park’.

Last year’s mini art exhibition was succeeded this festival by a much larger exhibition in Bath Central Library Exhibition Room (the library has a footfall in excess of 40,000 per month). This exhibition has a planned continuing life in other exhibition venues.

The music element ran to the same format as last year’s successful day.

This year’s local walk was particularly useful in following a route which linked Foxhill, the MOD site/ Mulberry Park area and Combe Down.

Kite Flying
Kite flying is an activity that spans cultures and historical eras. As a non-flying species we’re fascinated by flight and delight in making something that we can launch into the sky, watch and learn to have some control over.
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There were five separate sessions of kite making all of which involved an element of kite flying on completion. These were made up of:

• two sessions at Combe Down Primary School with the first two years of the Juniors involving in total 60 children. The children test flew their kites at the end of the session in the playground. These workshops were held during the first two weeks of May.
• two family workshops during the May half term holiday. The venue for these workshops was the Foxhill Community Centre. These were very popular and attended by over 40 people. These were mainly groups of children with parents and grandparents but also some unaccompanied teenagers.
• a further kite making workshop was held during the festival weekend at St Andrew’s Church in between music events on Saturday 6th June. This was again attended by family groupings.
In addition:
• a picnic and kite flying event was held on the afternoon of Sunday 7th June in Entry Hill Playing Field. This was a family event and families taking part included those from the primary school sessions, some from the half term workshops and some from the workshop held the previous day. There was a real mix of age ranges from babes in arms to grandparents.

Music Day!
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This year the music strand included (all at the St Andrew’s Community Church on Saturday 6th June):

• a morning drumming workshop led by Justin Fellowes of Rhythm Instinct.
• a morning guitar workshop
• an evening of music performances starting with an open mic. led by Suzanna Lea (country and western artist)
• followed by performances provided by: petesavin and co. (music and self -penned songs), Untapped (blues and popular covers) Serendipity (young, cool and contemporary sounds and lyrics from Emily and Katie Seaborne) and After Lark ( playing jazz standards and original lyrics from Kait Lee (vocals) and Becky White (bass guitar))

See the separate post with news of the Art Exhibition 'Ekphrastic'

Foxhill Festival was a week-long programme of creative events taking place in the Foxhill area in May 2014.

Co-ordinated by Time Bank Plus in conjunction with the local Foxhill community and funded by the Big Lottery, Foxhill Festival was a celebration of all things Foxhill and a week to be remembered.

The programme kicked off with a Party in the Park, attended by over 300 people, and also included art exhibitions, a treasure hunt, local history talks, a family filmshow, music workshops, a pub quiz, local walks, an evening of performance by local musicians and more.

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The final music event attracted an audience of over 80 people and was a fitting close to a truly magnificent week. Congratulations and thanks to all who worked so hard to make this happen.

It looks as if the Festival is already stimulating a number of ongoing activities in Foxhill. Watch this space for further details.