Uplyme Church arts festival raises £2,500 for charity

UPLYME Church recently opened its doors for the first community event since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, by staging the 2021 Uplyme Arts Festival.

Supported by an ever-growing group team of enthusiastic volunteers from the local area, an art exhibition, talk and concert was organised to raise funds for charity.

The festival opened with a talk by Dorset art historian Pamela Simpson, entitled ‘Charles Rennie MacIntosh and the Glasgow Four’.

A group of talented art students based in Glasgow, ‘The Four’ were inspired to break away from the replication of Victorian ideas about art and design, resulting in the new aesthetic of Art Nouveau.

This very popular subject raised more than £600 for the church’s chosen charity, Ugandan Water Projects.

Thirty local artists, from amateurs to professionals, entered a total of 108 exhibits for the three-day exhibition.

Several years ago, the pews were removed from the church allowing the space to provide different kinds of services and local events for the Uplyme community and its visitors to enjoy.

The building’s flexible layout displayed the huge variety of paintings and 3D work to perfection, with new visitors new to the church commenting on the colour and beauty of its interior. The exhibition raised more than £1,500.

A music recital by local singer Freya Morgan ended the arts week. Selecting songs ranging from opera to musical theatre, Freya delighted her audience with the freshness of her young voice.

Organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed to staging this event – from cake bakers to artists, screen lifters to stewards. The final total raised by these events was £2,556.39.

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