Quartz Festival 2012

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.

Banner image for the 2012 Quartz Festival

The 2012 Quartz Festival

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.

Sculpture by Melanie Deegan

Sculpture by Melanie Deegan

Photograph by Ingrid Hesling

Photograph by Ingrid Hesling

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

The crowds at the Private View

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.

My jewellery on display

My jewellery on display

More of my jewellery on display

More of my jewellery at the exhibition

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.

Queens College, Taunton

Queens College, Taunton

Wisteria over the main entrance to Queens College

Wisteria over the main entrance to Queens College

The exhibition runs from Wednesday 26th September to Saturday 6th October. For further details see the Quartz Festival website.

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