The Midlands Meander forms exciting new partnership with The Witness Hilton Arts Festival
The Midlands Meander has formed an exciting partnership with the Witness Hilton Arts Festival to bring a part of the Midlands Meander to KwaZulu-Natal’s premier arts festival. Creative workshops and exhibitions of the unique hand-crafted work of Midlands Meander artists and crafters in the Hilton College Art Block will add to the Festival’s abundant feast of theatre, music, dance, craft and visual art.
In a new initiative, the Midlands Meander Association will be launching the Midlands Meander Emerging Artist/Crafter Project, which provides opportunities for previously disadvantaged artists and crafters to join the Meander family.
Midlands Meander General Manager, Ingrid Andersen, says that the Midlands Meander and The Witness Hilton Arts Festival both have a long history and share similar goals and aims. The Hilton Arts Festival is in its 23rd year, and the Midlands Meander celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2015. Andersen says that both parties look forward to a long-term partnership. “The Midlands Meander Experience allows thousands of Festival-goers to enjoy the high quality, unique work of some of the Midlands Meander’s esteemed artists and crafters,” Andersen adds, “it’s an ‘experience’ because not only will there be beautiful work on sale, but workshops and demonstrations will also be held.”
Visually spectacular, Ardmore Ceramic’s iconic, internationally-renowned ceramic pieces will be available, as well as Astrid Dahl’s organic clay pieces inspired by leaf, flower and seed capsule shapes. The legendary leatherwork of Groundcover Leather Company, handmade on the farm in Curry’s Post, comprises a variety of leather products, including a range of Nguni skins and products. Visitors can enjoy the scents of all-natural products such as creams, essential oils, soaps, organic pickles and jams from Peter’s Gate Herbal Centre.
A celebration of two decades of quality workmanship from The Goodwin Foundry will be on exhibit, with collection of beautiful bronze sculptures from a variety of artists, including Sarah Richards, who is also a Midlands Meander member. More metalwork can be found at Sterling’s Wrought Iron, where traditional blacksmithing is combined with modern metalwork techniques to produce a diverse range of wrought iron pieces.
For hands-on creativity, the stained glass and pottery specialists from Aladdin’s-De-Light Studio will be sharing their wealth of experience with various practical workshops. New glass works and a range of ceramic vessels from the well-known studio will also be on show. You can learn to make your own colourful glass beads at Dragonfire Beads’ workshops. Barbara McGrath’s exquisite glass bead creations will also be on. You can watch her at work at lives demonstrations throughout the day.
And when it’s time for the perfect pick-me up, the award-winning Terbodore Coffee Roasters stand serves up the tastiest roasted coffee in the Midlands.
The work of two participants of the new Midlands Meander Emerging Artist/Crafter Project will be showcased at the festival. Siyabonga Duma and the Impumelelo Bead Artists were nominated by members of the Midlands Meander and were chosen by a selection committee of established Midlands Meander artists and crafters. Andersen comments that this project aims to use the resources of the Midlands Meander brand to provide talented, previously disadvantaged artists with marketing to which they otherwise would not have had access. In addition, they will participate in a three-year business skills training programme.
The official launch of the Midlands Meander Emerging Artist/Crafter Project will take place on Friday 19th Sept at 6:00pm.
For more information or to download the festival programme with craft workshop times/dates, visit www.hiltonfestival.co.za.