The award-winning Great Create Festival of the Arts (May 20 to June 28), now in its third year, showcases contemporary art in all formats from South West artists. This exhibition, founded and directed by artist Emma Carter, is hosted by the National Trust at Greenway – the woodland estate on the river Dart that was once the holiday home of Agatha Christie. The house has now opened for the first time following a major restoration project.
The Great Create 2009 portfolio will reflect each artist’s current practice and the show provides a platform for emerging and established artists to try out new and exciting work, while being exhibited in formal galleries and gardens and attracting a wide audience.
There will also be an opportunity for the public to meet the artists and makers directly at the exclusive outdoor arts fair on May 23, 24, 25.
Bank Holiday Monday May 25 is a ‘free entry day’ courtesy of the National Trust in support of this event. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the festival, the exhibits and grounds (except house) free of charge. In return all visitors must travel by green ways to Greenway – by boat, bike, or foot or use the Brixham park and ride service running that day.
A Poets Picnic and Open mic on June 4 at 7pm will see three established poets, William Oxley, Filth and Miriam Darlington read on the lawn at Greenway.
Guests are invited to read their own works, for both beginners and established poets. Bring your own picnic and if the weather is inclement the event will be indoors. This is a great chance to experience poetry at its best. Free, accessible and enjoyable!
There will be other cultural events such as raku firing, musical recitals by Maggie Duffy and demonstrations and workshops at the festival. All artwork will be for sale.
Open 10.30am – 5pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
NT admission applies at all other times except for NT members. Please travel by green ways to Greenway. 01803 842382 Essential to book car in advance.
(image: Pete Moorhouse sculpture)