NEW for 2017 : This year we welcome 4 resident festival artists / crafts people

they will be in residence over the 4 days of the festival

A great opportunity to meet and buy from them as they demonstrate over the festival.


Angus McFadyen – Silversmith

Angus is a silversmith and engraver. He has work in the Goldsmiths’ company collection and the V&A. He is currently chair of the Hand Engravers Association and a member of Contemporary British Silversmiths.

My approach to teaching is to demonstrate and explain the technique before working one to one to ensure that the best results can be achieved in the time available.

There are many things that influence my work including drawings, carvings, plants, fossils, fabric and of course, other metal work.


Laura Boswell – Print Maker

Artist’s Statement

I am primarily interested by shape and colour. My personal work focuses on rural landscape as I am fascinated by its pattern, light, weather and seasonality. It’s the perfect raw material for me: local, familiar and in a constant state of change.

My printmaking and my public art techniques of enamelling and cut metal work are demanding processes and I thrive on the tension between what I want to say and how I can say it within the boundaries of process. I’m at my happiest when I’m exploring and I try never to get too comfortable either with my images or my technical skills. Teaching and sharing skills are an important part of my work and development; I reap huge benefits from working with all levels of learners as well as collaborating with experts.

I’m not so much interested in an accurate depiction of a particular place, more I want to evoke a feel for the familiar and loved, perhaps a type of day or season. Mostly I am looking for ways of saying space and distance, though I’m still working on language for the simpler things too. I want to jog memories in my viewer of places they’ve been, walks they’ve taken or weather they’ve experienced. When I see recognition dawn, I know I’m getting it right.

(Lauras Website)

Southern Stone – Stonemasons

Southern Stone

Southern Stone run stone carving courses, supplies stone carving tools and Maltese limestone for carving. Our limestone is soft so it is ideal for beginners, but it is also very good for professionals too. We have a vast range of stone carving tools to choose from and sell stone carving starter kits too.

Stephen Ashurst – Portrait Painter

Stephen has had a long career in painting and is best known for his modern naturalistic portraits. Now 60 he works from his

Derbyshire home studio and travels widely to demonstrate portraiture and to tutor painting, drawing and printing workshops

covering a wide range of contemporary subject matter.