Village Green Festival 2016

The Village Green Festival, organised by Metal Southend, took place this year on Saturday 16th July. I’ve been attending a sketchbook group for a couple of years now, run by local artist Heidi Wigmore. Once again the group were given the fabulous opportunity to exhibit our sketchbooks in the Metal Art School.


With a core group of about 10 regular ‘sketchbookers’ we have built up an impressive collection of sketchbooks. When the books are all displayed together they make an impressive spectacle.


The people in the group took it in turns to invigilate the exhibition during the day. My slot was 12-2pm and by then the park was starting to fill up with festival-goers and the exhibition began to draw people in.



Here is a selection of the sketchbooks I included.


Village Green Festival 2015


Following on from the Creative Journal course I’ve been attending, at Metal Southend, our group was given the opportunity to display our journals and ‘altered books’ at the Village Green Festival on 11 July 2015 in Chalkwell Park. We jumped at the chance.

Metal, with the help of funding, has recently renovated an old stable block into an art school. Located in the centre of the park, with views of the gardens and the sea beyond is where our exhibition was to be held. We visited the venue a few days earlier to drop off our sketchbooks and to check out the space and we were also allocated 1 1/2 hour slots in which we would be invigilating the exhibition and explaining the project to the visitors.


On the day of the festival, I arrived in time for my 12pm start.


We set out the sketchbooks on tables to encourage visitors to handle them. The work is very tactile and we wanted this to be a fundamental part of the user experience.

The festival only opened at 11am, so the exhibition was quiet to begin with, but people were soon wandering in to have a look.


We had visitors of all ages dropping by…


We all thought the exhibition was a huge success and everyone who took part really enjoyed the experience.

village-greenThe rest of the day was spent enjoying the sights and sounds of the festival, including this Indian acrobatic act which was breathtaking!