Little Festival Edition 2015
We will probably do a further edition for October / November, but as so many people have been asking us about the planned arts festival, we thought it would be worth briefly giving over the front page to this story.
little arts festival on Rushlake Green
At the preview of this year's Art on the Green show, in the Dunn Village Hall, Chris Liddiard introduced the idea of a 'Little Arts Festival on Rushlake Green'. The plan is to create a little festival, created by and for local people, to take place at the end of August 2016. Those already eager to get involved include the Village Players, the Art on the Green show, Warbleton Brass Band, the White Horse Folk Club and many other local arts groups and individuals active in every facet of the arts. Although based in and around Rushlake Green, the festival will seek to involve those from surrounding areas including Bodle Street Green, Dallington, Three Cups, Turners Green, Punnetts Town, Chapel Cross, Cade Street, Old Heathfield, Vines Cross, Horam and Cowbeech. You can follow the festival's progress on the facebook page the little arts festival
Chris Liddiard has put together a small team to coordinate the project and work with all the local arts groups and individuals who are keen to be a part of the project. The Little Arts Festival Team members are: Chris Liddiard, Sophie Douglas, Louise Philps, Ian Collett and Nigel McKeeman. Sophie is a local artist with experience of organising art festival activities. Louise Philps organised the highly successful 'Big Lunch' on Rushlake Green this summer. And Ian Collett was a lead member of the village 'Save the Shop' campaign a while back.
For more background, read our MAIN ARTICLE on this. Click: Little Arts Festival - the original idea
Calling all musicians, artists, writers, poets, actors, singers, dancers, performers, comedians, composers, crafts people, creatives, photographers, film-makers, designers - in fact anyone actively involved in the arts.
On Thursday 1st October, the Little Arts Festival group is holding an open forum meeting to develop ideas, across all disciplines and genres, for events and activities that could be part of the project. This is the second meeting so far, and dozens of creative suggestions are already taking shape - as are some inspiring ideas for collaborations between local groups involved in different disciplines. If you'd like to attend Thursday's Forum meeting please contact nigel mckeeman via
And if you can't make this meeting, the Little Arts Festival Team would still love to hear from you, so that you can be a part of the thinking from the start.
Have your say
The festival team are inviting anyone who is interested - either as a potential contributor, volunteer or attendee - to say what they'd like to see in a festival on (and around) the green. Pick up a leaflet at the village Stores, or contact Nigel McKeeman. Completed responses can be returned to the Stores or handed in to Nigel or any other member of the Little Arts Festival Team.
Become a friend of the little arts festival
Anyone interested can now become a 'Friend of the Little Arts Festival'. Friends will be offered regular newsletters, notice of events and special previews and advance booking. If you'd like to be a part of this little project from the very start, contact Louise Philps via
Art on the Green attracts record numbers
This year's Art on the Green show proved another great success for organiser Chris Liddiard. The show attracted an amazing diversity of artworks and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended the exhibition. The 'peoples vote' for the best piece in the show went to Mary Groves for her intricately embroidered 'Jelly Roll Sample Quilt'. We have also included here our own 'picks of the show' - although this proved quite difficult because, when it came to it, we felt everything was brilliant.
Works below by Mary Groves
Heather Young, Julie Snowball,
Tony Spencer, Zach Muchamore
Nicky Stoner, Leila Godden
Graham Binks, Jean Holmwood