An opportunity to Love Sheppey X

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Now in its second year, Love Sheppey X is an event day aimed at bringing together professional quality artists, crafts people and local community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surrounding area.

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It will give an opportunity to creatives in the area to meet others and build their networks, as well as showcase their work to both a local and visiting audience. It also gives the natural and cultural heritage organisations relating to Sheppey a platform for promotion.

Visitors will have the chance to see and buy work that is not normally seen here and meet the artists and makers, as well as engaging with the other organisations in a natural environment that is free to use by all.

The event will take place at Barton’s Point Coastal Park on Saturday 23rd August from 11am until 5 pm. And no matter what the August weather throws at exhibitors, it will all still go ahead, thanks to a weather proof marquee! Other facilities include a cafe on site, as well as a free pirate ship climbing area for children and a lake where kayaks and paddle boards are available to hire. A miniature railway will offer rides around the park.

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Visitors can also make a poppy themed floating lantern, which they can take along to The Promenade concert evening in September to light and float on the lake, in commemoration of the start of The First World War.

By August, the coastal park will also have completed their chainsaw sculpture project, so there will be the added interest of finding those around the park.

The event day and the coastal park are free to enter.

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Laurie Harpum, artist and organiser of the event day says: “The first Love Sheppey X event day in 2013 brought together over thirty artists, crafts people and organisations and despite the terrible weather was really well attended. It was only possible with the good will of the community on Sheppey and a Small Experiments grant from Ideas Test, the Creative People and Places project for Swale and Medway. This year there will be a bigger marquee and many more exhibitors, thanks to a Community Catalyst grant from Ideas Test. As an artist and resident of Sheppey, I am really excited by the prospect of having a unique collection of professional quality art and craft showing on my doorstep.”

To keep up to date with Laurie, please visit the Love Sheppey X website: www.lovesheppeyx.com Like it on Facebook: Love Sheppey X and follow on Twitter @LoveSheppeyX

Laurie can also be contacted at info@lovesheppeyx.com