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www.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW / SUMMER 2010 CELEBRATING SURREYSurrey celebrationsCelebrating Surrey 2010is Surrey's first ever open-air arts festival - part of Surrey's response to the 2012Games and Cultural Olympiad programme. The event will bring together over 4,000 musicians, artists and performers, including a NADFAS stand showcasing the diversity of local arts and craftsThis summer will see a celebrationof Surrey, its landscapes, heritageand cultures. Celebrating Surrey2010 will be held in the grounds ofLoseley Park on 26-27 June andpromises to be a fantastic weekend.The East Surrey and West SurreyAreas of NADFAS will have a presencethere, in partnership with independentcharity Surrey Hills Society, to showcasethe diverse range of local arts and craftsthat has influenced the character andhistory of the Surrey Hills. This willcover one of the Surrey Hills Society'scharitable aims of "promoting awarenessof local crafts which have an influenceon the character and history of thearea". There will be promotional standsin the marquee for both NADFAS andthe Surrey Hills Society, manned bymembers throughout the weekend.The weekend will feature many art-based opportunities for young people,including free workshops and activitiesfor families with children. Activities anddisplays within the NADFAS/Surrey Hillsmarquee include the Watts Gallery -aswell as workshops, the artist on theHope Wall Projectwill be givingdemonstrations of her work as aceramicist. Fire and Iron Gallery'smetalwork display celebrates oneironworking family's journey 'home' toSurrey; from iron founder Peter Quinnell(1603-66) of Compton, near Loseley, viainternational adventure, full-circle backto Loseley 2010 and his descendantLucy Quinnell of Fire and Iron. Alsopresent will be Creative Fibres, the EastSurrey Guild of Weavers Spinners andDyers. It is affiliated to the Association ofGuilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers,whose objectives are the preservationand improvement of the craftsmanshipin hand weaving, spinning and dyeingfor the benefit of the public. It will beusing a spinning wheel and spindle todemonstrate traditional crafts and showgrass, and giantbubbles are among the innovative worksof art on display. And for those feelingpeckish, there will be the opportunity tosample some of Surrey's finest foodsfrom local caterers, real ale producers,fine food purveyors and regulars at thefarmers markets. The festival takes place from 26-27June 2010 at Loseley Park, Guildfordwww.surreycc.gov.uk/celebratingsurreyor call 01483 444334 for ticketsmethods old and new of weaving anddyeing. There will be a display of itscrafts, including braiding and beading,and an opportunity to have a go. TheNorth Downs Lacemakers will be addingto their Pass the Pillow project. Startedin 2009, the aim is to get as manypeople as possible to participate inmaking this continuous piece of lace bythe start of the 2012 Games.Textile artist Karen Lucas, workingwith Surrey Heritage and localcommunities, will make a felted TimeLine Scarf inspired by Loseley andstories of Surrey. Students from TheAbbey School, Farnham, will start thework in the spring and members ofthe public are invited to make theirown contribution over the weekend.Add to all this storytellers and SurreyArts Wardrobe's collection ofcostumes from past times of folk fromthe Surrey countryside, and there'ssomething to appeal to everyone.Leading up to the Festival, EastSurrey Area and the Surrey HillsSociety invited young people agedfive to 16 to submit a photographicimage celebrating the specialnature of the Surrey Hills, withprizes donated by NADFAS.Winners of each category willreceive a computerisedphotoframe, a year's familymembership of the Surrey HillsSociety and a copy of Jane Garrett'sbeautifully illustrated book A Portrait ofthe Surrey Hills; these photos will be ondisplay in the marquee. Other attractions include a widevariety of music and dance acts - fromhip-hop and urban to contemporary,Bollywood and ballet. More than 50ensembles will be performing at thefestival, including orchestras, windbands, jazz bands, choirs, percussiongroups and many others. There will beplenty to see too -labyrinths made of

SOCIETIES NEWSDiscovering art, nature. and bugs Thanks to a £300 donation fromRibble and Craven DFAS, localschoolchildren had the excitingopportunity to learn about art andnature through the 'Bug Project'. Artist Pat Ellacott used herpaintings of insects as acentrepiece for the project atSpring Hill Community School.The Year 6 students learnedabout Pat's work, took part in abug hunt and met Roger Swalesand his impressive collection ofinsects. The children were thenasked to create pictures based on a bug of their own imagination.NADFAS funded the art materialsalong with mounting of the work,including the professional framingof four selected pieces bystudents.The resulting 'Bug Project'paintings were displayed togetherwith Pat's own work at theHowarth art Gallery in Accrington.Societies NewsA snapshot of Society and Area activities across the country58NADFAS REVIEW / SUMMER 2010www.nadfas.org.ukThe exhibition was opened by theMayor of Hyndburn, Cllr PaulBarton on 20 February.Pictured clockwise from left:Joining the 'Bug Hunt'; the 'BugBox'; just one of theinvertebratescollected by thepupils; the Mayor of Hyndeburn,Cllr Paul Barton, pictured herewith Pat Ellacott (far left), pupilMatthieu Aaron and Spring HillHeadteacher Miss SE Grimshaw