The visual arts have always played an important part in the annual festivals with exhibitions held in various locations across the town. The visual arts programme has been curated by a succession of Visual Arts directors, the first of whom was Margaret Layton.
Margaret also designed the first Bewdley Festival logo which was used with minor modifications until 2017 when local graphic artist Cat Carlyle won a competition to design the replacement.
Margaret was followed in 1995 as Visual Arts Director by Bryan Erasmus who handed over to Cynthia Pearson, who held the role for 14 years, from 1998 to 2012.
Since then the organisation of the visual arts and innovations, such as the Duck House Trail community arts project, have been in the care of Colin Hill.
Colin has pursued the existing policy of inviting unique and talented artists to exhibit during October. 2020 is no exception as Bewdley Festival invited Andrea Hannon to exhibit her works. You can learn more by clicking here.
We are in the process of creating a comprehensive overview of Bewdley Festival art exhibitions across the years for you to enjoy.
Colin was also responsible for establishing the popular River Severn inspired community art project – The Duck House Trail. Please click here to learn more.