Last night (25thSeptember), Alex and I went with a friend to attend the Private View of the art exhibition at the 2012 Quartz Festival. The Festival is an annual event held by Queens College, Taunton, in Somerset.
The exhibition runs alongside a programme of performing arts events which this year includes performances by singers Lesley Garret and Elkie Brooks, along with sessions featuring comedy, poetry, magic and performance art. Space is always made for more serious cultural topics too and this year there will be a talk by Chris Larner, who in 2010 accompanied his chronically ill wife to the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland.
The exhibition was an interesting and eclectic mix of painting, sculpture, photography and crafts from artists in the South-West of England. I thought that some of the sculpture by Melanie Deegan and photography by Ingrid Hesling was particularly strong.
The Private View was very well attended right from the opening and a good number of sixth-form students were on hand to assist with greeting visitors and supplying the canapés and drinks.
Queens College was founded as a Wesleyan Methodist School in 1843. Today it provides co-educational facilities for pupils from 3 to 18 years as both a day-school and boarding-school. The fine main building was built in 1874.
The exhibition runs from Wednesday 26th September to Saturday 6th October. For further details see the Quartz Festival website.