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Month-long Powys arts festival gets go-ahead
Creative Live Landscape Performance by Nicola Drew and Blue MacAskill: Walking with Artist, 2010
The festival will feature a rolling programme of arts events

A month-long arts festival in Powys is set to be revived after a four year hiatus.

Powys Arts Forum has won a £25,000 Arts Council Wales grant to run Powys Arts Month during the autumn of 2011.

It will feature a rolling programme of arts events starting in the north of the county in the first weekend in October.

The movable arts feast will then move south across the county throughout the month.

It will also allow us to liaise with businesses such as B and Bs who could put artwork of local artists in their rooms
Blue MacAskill

A similar event was held in 2007 but was discontinued due to lack of funding.

Blue MacAskill of Powys Arts Forum said this was an opportunity for Powys-based artists to work together to promote their work.

She added: "Arts Month will cover the whole spectrum of arts practice in the county and will showcase and celebrate the range and quality of the Powys artists.

"Performances, exhibitions, open studios, workshops, street events will all have a part."


The event is open to Powys Arts Forum members and will take place in Montgomeryshire in the first week of October before moving south to Radnorshire and Brecknock for the rest of the month.

Ms MacAskill said: "It will be crucial that the event is owned by the artists and that there is a clear agreement on the roles of the Forum with a commitment to common goals.

Carad gallery in Rhayader
The festival hopes to promote the work of Powys-based artists

"We want this to be about innovation and development as well as a marketing opportunity.

"But the festival will open the way for galleries in Powys to hold exhibitions to support our local artists and put the county on the arts map.

"It will also allow us to liaise with businesses such as B and Bs who could put artwork of local artists in their rooms."

Plans are under way to recruit a Project Co-ordinator and offer training and support to participants.

The delivery and promotion of the festival will be supported by Powys Council's Arts Service.

Lucy Bevan, the council's arts development officer, said: "This is a challenging year for the arts but an exciting one too.

"Powys Arts Month offers an opportunity to demonstrate how some of the difficulties of current economic pressures may be counteracted by the imaginative and innovative thinking inherent in the creative industry sector."

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