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Ford and Etal Art Trail and launch of the Louisa Waterford Prize

An exciting new art trail and art prize is being launched at Ford and Etal Estates in Northumberland. They take place over three days, April 30 – May 2, linking venues and businesses at Ford, Etal and Heatherslaw Mill.

The events are being organised by Ford parish resident Lesley McNish, who runs The Tin Shed arts and events. Lesley, who is a retired journalist, now stages small pop-up arts’ fairs and exhibitions for local artists and makers. Amongst newevents for 2022 are the Ford and Etal Art Trail and monthly arts’ fairs at Etal Village Hall.  The first event at Etal is on Easter Sunday, April 17.

The events are open to any artist or maker, who’d like to exhibit and/or sell their creations. They can get in touch with Lesley for more information at or call her on 01890 820445

The Louisa Waterford Prize is being launched as part of the Art Trail. The theme of this year’s Prize is “New Beginnings, A Dialogue with Nature”.  Around 20 artists and crafters will exhibit their creations at Lady Waterford Hall over the three-day trail.

 There is an overall prize of £350 for the winner, which is being supported by The Guild of St George (a charity set up by John Ruskin to support arts and craft in rural communities) and also Lady Joicey, who is chair of the Lady Waterford Hall Trust.

This year’s judges are: Lady Joicey; Dr Peter Burnam from The Guild of St George; Kate Mason, CEO of The Big Draw and Victoria Smith-Lacey, heritage curator at Lady Waterford Hall.

As well as the exhibition the art trail also includes, a small arts fair at Lady Waterford Hall and another larger one at Etal Village Hall. A unique natural labyrinth installation in the garden behind Lady Waterford Hall created by Jacqueline Kurio and an exhibition and art book-making demos at St Michael’s church Ford by Northumberland artist and print-maker Mo Healy. There’ll also be specially-themed mini workshops at Ravnsclay Pottery and paper-cutting demonstrations by artist John Speight at Heatherslaw. Not forgetting artists Julie and Peter Blood at Etal’s Madcap Gallery who’ll also be exhibiting their fabulous work throughout the event.

Admission to all the venues is free.

They’ll be open 10.30am-4pm,  Sat April 30 – Mon May 2.

For further information please contact or call 01890 820445/07973108608