M13 – FILA Fine Art Marquee

FILA Fine Art Marquee

The FILA Fine Art Marquee is a new addition to the festival this year. A number of well known international companies now operate under the FILA Group as listed below. Within this area you will be able to meet the makers alongside professional artists who use their products and an opportunity for you to test and try for yourself. With such a wealth of technical knowledge and expertise this is a real chance to discover the advantages of using such a wide range of products.

Festival Marquee Demonstrators

Two of the artists demonstrating on behalf of St Cuthberts Mill also have exhibitor stands within the marquee.

Ann Blockley is at the festival on Thursday and Friday, when she will be demonstrating her watercolour techniques using St Cuthberts’ paper. There will be a demonstration each day at 15.00 Thursday and 11.30 on Friday. At other times Ann can be found on her exhibitor stand in the FILA marquee, pleased to meet visitors who can view her demonstration pieces alongside other paintings, prints, cards and books.
Ann’s new book is due for publishing before the festival. Ann Blockley’s Watercolour

Workshop – ‘Projects and Interpretations’ will be launched at Patchings when signed copies will be available.

Another new book complied by Ann, launched at the festival, is John Blockley, A Retrospective. Many will know the popular work by Ann’s father. This beautifully written  retrospective of his work includes drawings, watercolours, pastels and acrylics. It brings together the best of his work. Ann provides an illuminating commentary on an influential figure of the art world.
Signed copies of both books are available from Ann’s stand.




We are grateful to Hazel Soan who has been able to join us for this year’s celebration festival. Hazel is always a popular guest with her demonstrations on behalf of St Cuthberts drawing large crowds. She will be with us on Saturday for a demonstration in the Festival Marquee at 11.15. Hazel has an exhibitor stand in the marquee allowing visitors to meet her informally, see and purchase other work along with cards and books.


Rooted in 18th century London, the Rowney Company was established in 1783 when Richard and Thomas Rowney opened premises selling perfumes and wig powder, before focussing their business on the development of artists’ colours.The company built its reputation by providing art materials of the finest quality, and is proud to continue to do so today across all channels and product categories pertaining to fine art, with offerings tailored to professional and amateur artists as well as students and beginners.



Legendary Italian brand created in 1923, designed by Gianni Maimeri, artist and founder of the company, based on a concept of absolute perfection. The Maimeri mark depicts a tetrahedron, a perfect prism in terms of its proportions, and unique because it always appears identical and points one corner upwards regardless of the viewpoint from which it is observed. The perfection incorporated in the symbol extends to all the Maimeri products, today representative of Italian excellence in the production of material for painting and drawing all over the world, and an example of the great passion and constant synergy between Art, Industry and Innovation.


The origins of the Lyra brand date back to 1806 when Johann Froescheis began producing pencils in a factory in Nuremberg. In 1868, the symbol of LYRA was registered as a brand. The lyre is a musical instrument that accompanied the singers of that period. The reason why the Lyre was chosen remains a mystery but it was presumably because of the high quality of the pencils. This was symbolically associated with the perfection and purity of the sounds that this instrument allowed its player to achieve. Lyra has been synonymous with innovation and excellence “made in Germany” for over 200 years and consists of a range of extremely high-quality pencils and crayons with an innovative design. A varied, complete line with products for use in drawing and within artistic, technical and scholastic contexts.

Since 1557, Canson offers high quality papers adapted to the needs of every target segment; from artists and design professionals to students and photographers.  Whatever their experience, whatever their age, Canson’s wide range of products will satisfy their needs. Canson is the world-wide leader in Fine Art papers: Art is its core, its roots, its soul. It stimulates inspiration and become a source of enjoyment and memories that last forever.

Situated in the ancient Cathedral City of Wells in the southwest of England, St Cuthberts Mill has been making paper since the 1700’s, taking advantage of the pure waters of the River Axe. St Cuthberts Mill based in Somerset, England specialises in the paper manufacturing of high quality artists papers. Our experienced papermakers carefully make professional mould made papers, using one of the few remaining cylinder mould machines left in the world.