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2019 Festival Art Exhibition

Saturday 5th October to Sunday 13th October - Admission Free - Marden House

The exhibition presents hundreds of pieces from beginners to internationally exhibiting artists from in and around Calne. Displayed in Marden House, the exhibition is a must for artists and art lovers alike. For artists, it’s an opportunity to sell your work, exhibit in great company and perhaps even win a prize. And for art lovers and collectors, it’s a chance to snap up the work of an emerging artist or add to your existing collection. This is one of very few truly open exhibitions, where (within reason) no work is rejected and everyone has the chance to win one of the various prizes. A truly inclusive exhibition committed to putting on a great show.

The exhibition is also available to view just before and immediately after concerts. Please consult the Festival calendar for opening times.:

Saturday 5th: 10:00am - 12:00pm & 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday 6th: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Monday to Thursday: 10:00am - 12:00pm & 1:30pm - 6:00pm
Friday 11th: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday 12th: 12:00pm - 2:00pm & 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sunday 13th: 11:00am - 6:00pm

Exhibition Tours

Want to learn more about the artists and inspiration behind the pieces at this year’s Open Exhibition?

Then come along to one of the free exhibition tours on Friday 11th October: 12:00pm & 5:00pm.

Submiting Artwork

Submission date for artworks at Marden House is: Saturday 28th September - 10:00am & 2:00pm only.

Enquiries by phone: 01249 812551 / 07855 967 958 or email: art@cmaf.org.uk

Sponsored by Bevirs Law


Artist’s Talk

Saturday 12th October: 10.00am - Marden House - Admission £4 (Friends & Artists £0; £1 U18s)

Join us for an artist talk with two local and internationally renowned sculptors Patricia Volk and Sarah Purvey, who will be in conversation with Genevieve Sioka, Art Director for the festival and Craft Buyer for the National Trust. There will be opportunities to ask questions and learn from these award winning artists. A must attend for art students and sculpture, ceramics or design enthusiasts. Free entry to students and artists exhibiting in this year's open exhibition.

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances Patricia Volk will no longer be able to join us for our Artist's Talk. However, we are thrilled to announce that two brilliant Calne artists will join Sarah Purvey instead. Join us to hear from Richard Cowdy, famous as the sculptor of the pigs in Phelps parade, and Helen Simmonds, contemporary still life and portrait painter. A must for art enthusiasts and students seeking inspiration.

Sponsored by Calne Lions Club       


Children’s Art Workshop

Saturday 5th October: 2:00pm - Marden House - £4 U18s (accompanied adults free)

Get creative with Konstantina aka Lemoni Arts, who will be running a children’s workshop making clay birds. All materials will be provided and colouring will be available for younger siblings not participating in the workshop. Best suited to ages 6 and older. Limited numbers so book early to avoid disappointment!

Sponsored by Chilvester Financial


Calne Camera Club Exhibition

Open daily during the festival. - Heritage Centre - Free Admission

Calne Camera Club presents its major annual Members Exhibition. Featuring nearly 100 images by local photographers. New members are always welcome. www.calnecameraclub.co.uk




Calne Schools Present

Schools Arts

The Springfields Academy will present a showcase of Art – Saturday 5th October 9:30am - 11:30am

Kingsbury Green Academy (previously known as John Bentley) present an afternoon of Fine Art and Performing Arts – Saturday 5th October 1:30pm - 4:00pm

St Mary’s Calne will hold an Art & Poetry showcase – Monday 7th October 6:00pm - 8:00pm
All welcome in support and celebration of the next generation of creatives in our community.
Booking required - RSVP art@stmaryscalne.org


Calne Churches

Friends of St Mary’s Quilt & Flower Festival - St Mary's Church

Come along to St Mary’s Church to see a display of skilfully executed quilts and arranged flowers for the Friends of St Mary’s Quilt & Flower Festival. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th October. Open from 10:00am - 4:00pm


Stations of the Cross - St Edmund's Church

The Stations of the Cross in St Edmund’s Church were sculpted by Seán Crampton and installed in the church at intervals, one station at a time, from 1983 to 1986. Seán Crampton was an award-winning sculptor and war veteran resident of Calne. They were paid for entirely by individual parishioners or parish groups and are described as a ‘major contribution to modern church art in these islands’. The Royal Society of British Sculptors awarded them the “Otto Beit Medal” for ‘The sculpture of outstanding merit of the year 1986 exhibited outside London’.

Saturday 5th October and Saturday 12th October – 10:00m - 4:00pm

#shetoo - Women Silenced In The Bible” - An exhibition by Jen Ford at the Baptist Church.

Jen Ford is a Trowbridge-based artist passionate about social justice. Ford’s #shetoo exhibition depicts a series of haunting images on the subject of women silenced in the Bible. Ford is a painter with a provocative, alternative and surreal style, not for the feint hearted. Private view and meet the artist event – Thursday 10th October 7pm

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October.

Open from 10:30am - 4:00pm


Stained Glass Talk - St Peter's Church

Mac McHugh from Great Panes will be talking about the work of Victorian designer Charles Kempe and his stained glass window at St Peter’s Church. Mac is a craftsman with glass for over 40 years and runs Great Panes in Chippenham, who deal with restoration and installation of period windows and listed buildings. They recently installed the Queen’s Jubilee stained glass window in the Great Hall at Westminster.

Saturday 12th October at 3:00pm