Open to the public 3rd to 4th November 2018 at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall
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September Blog

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Sometimes I need to think about the wider picture with #Cafdgg, I get so wrapped up with excitement of being able to exhibit the work of such a diverse and inspirational group of artists that I loose sight of whatRead More

Why choose #Cafdgg?

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I have been researching other Art Fairs, Shows and nearly every event that I have seen on Facebook and Instagram – it was a long job but worth it as it made me realise that #Cafdgg is rather special.  Read More

The secret of service

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I went to a Michelin Starred restaurant last weekend and the whole experience was extraordinarily enjoyable. The food tasted incredible, by turns playful, exotic, rich, new to me taste pairings, tantalising and downright delicious – I just loved it! On reflectionRead More

The Contemporary Arts Fair Discover:Gather:Give had another cracking event with hundreds of visitors over the weekend to see the eclectic mix of regional and local artists, enthralling both visitors and locals in the historic Town Hall, enjoying cakes by KneadRead More

I curate Contemporary Arts Fair Discover:Gather:Give and I will admit to being biased – I am passionate about the Fair and think it is a fabulous event, with a seriously good selection of local, regional and national artists. The GoldenRead More

The closing date for applications for #Cafdgg June 2018 is coming up fast on April 2nd and I have been blown away by the quality, range and variety of craftspeople applying and further the number of applicants so far forRead More

How do you show your love?

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I am a mother of two sons, and like many mothers kept all of their early paintings, drawings, hand drawn family birthday cards and notes.   For me they are priceless and in moments of reflection I take out theirRead More

It is the time of year for reflection, contemplation and acknowledgement of where I am now with #Cafdgg and from where I started.   The Contemporary Arts Fair Discover:Gather:Give (#Cafdgg) is now firmly established in the Arts Calendar after fourRead More

So where do I start with my thanks?   I want to say thank you to everyone one of our exhibitors, visitors, helpers, supporters, cake makers, gin distillers, coffee roasters, newspaper journalists and Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall for making Contemporary ArtsRead More

Changes

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I went to a forty year reunion of my jewellery colleagues last weekend and it brought into sharp focus how our lives had diverged from the path we expected to take as fearless frothy youngsters.   We had plans toRead More

The commissioned Wedding Hat

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Well it has happened, my son and daughter-in-law’s Wedding took place this month and it was fabulous!   The weather was kind to us with only a sprinkle of rain as we ate our Wedding Breakfast and the rest ofRead More

I need your help please. I have read umpteen articles on Eventbrite, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google on getting more likes for the Webpage for Contemporary Arts Fair Discover:Gather:Give leaving me with a spinning head full of what feels likeRead More

Son + Wedding = Hat

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There is an equation many women know, it is the Son+Wedding=Hat. One of my son’s is getting married in August and I realised that I needed a hat that fitted so well I wouldn’t know I’m wearing it, that wouldRead More

My mother suffers from dementia and as I have been recovering from ill health – nothing serious – these last ten days my mind has gone to my maternally inspired childhood and celebrating the vibrant woman she once was. HerRead More

Light in our eyes

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Yesterday I returned from Northern Cyprus distilling orange blossom, and the same day travelled up to the Ardnamurchan Peninsular in the Scottish highlands and I was struck by the change in light.   In Cyprus the light was so brightRead More

I thought it would be a simple process to find beautiful backing boards for the painters and illustrators to hang their pictures on, however it took over a year to finally get what I held in my imagination.   IRead More

Why set up an Arts Fair?

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I was asked why I set up Discover:Gather:Give Contemporary Arts Fair and my answer is simple – art and good design makes the world a better place in which to live, although only if you have access to it. IRead More