St Cuthberts Mill – Festival Marquee
Always popular at the Patchings ARTfest  are the St Cuthberts Mill demonstrations. Learn from the best as we follow distinguished artists demonstrating in watercolour and mixed media. Artists include David Bellamy, Peter Cronin, Soraya French and Billy Showell – Buy your tickets today! Tickets are £5 each and are available from the website and on the day. Demonstration last about 1 hour. All demonstrations can be found in the St Cuthberts Mill Festival Marquee, all are accessible along with an audio and visual equipment to make sure you capture every moment. 

NEW for 2023 Art Profile – Festival Marquee for oil and acrylic demonstrations

New to Patchings this year we present the Art Profile demonstrations. Gain an insight into the artists and their practice as we join them for both oil and acrylic painting demonstrations. Artists included are Sue Gray, Peter Keegan, Robin Perko, Hazel Money, David Wilcox, Anne Blankson-Hemans, and Richard Kitson – Buy your tickets today! Tickets are £5 each and are available from the website as well as on the day. Demonstration time about 1 hour. This programme of demonstrations can be found in the Art Profile Festival Marquee. All are accessible with audio & visual equipment ensuring every moment is captured.

DALER-ROWNEY – Demonstration Marquee

FREE Demonstrations by Charles Evans, a unique insight into using Daler-Rowney products and tips to produce your very own masterpieces. From paint, brushes and surfaces to accessories, luggage and easels, Daler-Rowney produces & sells products for artists of all experience levels. Those who know Charles will know of his entertaining and worthwhile demonstrations. 

WINSOR & NEWTON – Demonstration Marquee

FREE demonstrations, promoting the use of Winsor & Newton products.
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PEBEO – Demonstration Marquee

FREE Demonstrations, promoting the use of Pebeo products.
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POSCA Pens – Demonstration Marquee

FREE Demonstrations, promoting the use of POSCA Pens.
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PREMIUM ART BRANDS – Demonstrations

Premium Art Brands offers professional quality, premium and niche art material products and this year will be showing demonstrations of Daniel Smith watercolours, PanPastel, Ampersand and Panart materials – Find out how the professionals use these brands and become a pro yourself!
Includes the opportunity to buy your favourites after the demonstration.

UK Coloured Pencil Society Marquee

The UK Coloured Pencil Society [UKCPS] is a registered charity, founded in 2001 with two main aims in mind – to promote coloured pencils as a fine art medium, and to support UK based artists who use coloured pencils, by providing grant aid to art groups and societies.
Be inspired by this unique medium, as society artists show off the magical world of colour pencil art.


Artist Demo Days this year will be offering Bookable workshops at £10 per session available from the Artist Demo Days (ADD) website.

Artist Demo Days (ADD) consists of five artists ~ Denise Allen, Jeremy Ford, Ali Hargreaves, Sharon Hurst and Matthew Palmer. All five are experienced tutors offering 45 minute workshops in a range of subjects and media.
You are guaranteed to be entertained and taught new skills.

We will also have materials available to buy and an exhibition of work in our marqueeJoin them this year for live workshops throughout the festival. [more..]

Painters Online with Leisure Painter and The Artist – Marquee

Painters Online with The Artist and Leisure Painter Magazines combines a friendly online art community with two of the most-loved art magazines, helping artists of all levels to improve their skills and benefit from expert advice, projects, inspiration, live painting webinars and much more. This year we welcome Tim fisher back to the marquee who will be demonstrating throughout the festival.

Art Materials Marquee

A 300ft marquee jam packed full of Art Materials from your favourite suppliers.
A chance to Test and Try products before you buy. Meet those who use and make the products, a rare chance to meet those behind the materials you use.
Take advantage of Show Offers, Early Bird giveaways and much more…


Premium Art Brands  – A chance to BUY Daniel Smith  watercolours, PanPastel, ampersand and Panart direct from the distributer. Show Offers and Much more….


We are pleased to announce  – new for our 30th year – a marquee dedicated to artists from the Royal Societies. Renowned artists have been invited to join us, show their work, and meet visitors. The ten selected artists will each have their own exhibition and demonstration space, with original work for sale.

Welcoming Andrew Farmer ROI, Chris Slater, David Curtis VPRSMA ROI, David Howell PPRSMA, Graham Webber ROI RSMA, Haidee-Jo Summers, Jenny Aitken ARSMA, John Walsom ROI RSMA, Roger Dellar ROI PS RI, and Ruth Fitton AROI to ARTfest 2023.
These amazing artists from the ROI and RSMA will be joining us each day to give an insight into their work in this informal setting.
An opportunity to buy directly from these talented artists and maybe pick up a few hints and tips to get you on the right track with your own work. [more…..]

A new look for 2023 to our Artists Marquee.

A chance to see and buy from selected artists from around the UK demonstrating in their medium of choice. A huge range of artistic expertice and experience in this one marquee.
Buy direct from the artist in this marquee bursting with talent. 

Artisans Marquee

Be inspired by the talent and creativity on show in this freshly presented marquee showcasing artisans from around the UK. Makers in this marquee have been selected to provide a wide range of products created in a variety materials. All on show has been designed and made by the artist, making an ideal opportunity to select for yourself or has gift.
Many of the exhibitors will also work to commission.