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Festival at Bowes Museum to celebrate Teesdale stone work
5:59pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A FESTIVAL celebrating Teesdale's history of stonework will see sculptors carving creations in the grounds of Bowes Museum.
The eight-day Stone Festival will see three women sculptors at work in the Barnard Castle museum. Visitors will also be invited to have a go.
The festival, which runs from tomorrow (Saturday, September 21) until Sunday, September 29, features sculpting, talks, walks and sessions for visitors to try their hand at stonework.
Louise Plant, an Elected Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, will be creating artwork and speaking of her time at a residency in Italy.
She will be joined by fellow sculptors Beatrice Searle, a fine art graduate who enjoyed a placement with mason Mark Atkins at Teesdale Achitectural Stone, and emerging artist Rebecca Tappin.
Rosie Bradford, events co-ordinator for the Bowes Museum, said: “We hope to showcase the skills and the talents associated with stonework in the area.
“They approached the museum about holding the festival here for a second year and we were very keen to host it.
“This year’s event is bigger and better than last year’s. We believe that last year’s event was the first of its kind for Teesdale and we hope to build on it.”
It is possible that the museum will keep some of the pieces carved during the festival.
There will be two free guided walks being held as part of the festival.
Archaeologist Percival Turnbull will lead a walk pointing out the ancient sculptures of Teesdale on Sunday (September 22).
And on Saturday, September 28 the guided walk visits a group of artists who have created pieces based on Teesdale’s geographical features.
Stonewalling experts from the Stone Age Sculptors will also be on hand to give a demonstration of their skills to festival visitors.
Sarah Comerford, festival press officer, said: “Last year the festival proved to be a success and this year’s will be a success too hopefully.
“It’s a showcase of Teesdale stone work and the skills and techniques which go into it.”
Details on the Stone Festival and a full list of the events and their start times can be found on-line at stonefestival.wordpress.com.
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