Arts & Crafts
September 8th - 18th
"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of a man go together.”
Welcome to our 6th Arts & Crafts Festival, 2022. CraftLife is this year’s theme and goes to the very heart of our cultural legacy. It is eight wonderful days when we celebrate all that is great by and with artisans and craftspeople from around the UK. The festival straddles two Open House Weekends planned for this year, enabling us to share the glory of Holy Trinity ‘the cathedral of the Arts & Crafts’ (John Betjeman), with visitors and friends alike.
Contemporary Netherlands artist, Tony Krikhaar hosts a reception to open his vibrant exhibition, alongside outstanding work from the Christ Church and Holy Trinity Schools Federation – artists at the beginning of their journey. Our first weekend also brings together the first of many new generation artists and musicians, an exciting feature of our 2022 festival with its emphasis on new emerging talents and apprentices. So, expect demonstrations of creative techniques and glorious recitals. However, amidst all the new talent we also go back to our roots with Michael Robertson’s (University of Princeton) research for a new biography of Arts & Crafts founding father, William Morris (Saturday 10th). A ‘come and sing’ evensong created by our new Director of Music, Max Barley, is an opportunity for joyous and shared voices to close our first festival weekend (11th).
Midweek events include a gala concert combining choirs from all our local schools, capturing again the spirit of last year’s hugely successful sold-out music show (Thursday 15th). Later in the week a special dance workshop and performance for all ages with choreographer, Mary Pat Robertson brings the art of dance to vivid life, (Friday 16th).
Our final weekend sees heraldic and calligraphy expert, Tim Noad, join us in an illustrated lecture on these ancient and traditional crafts. We also look forward to welcoming Mary Gregory, Canon for Arts & Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral, celebrating with us the 60th anniversary, 1962-2022, of the consecration of the then newly created ecclesiastical ‘phoenix’ that rose in mid-century artistic glory from the charred remains of the original medieval building, fire-bombed in 1940.
With all this, plus a host of other activities, our CraftLife festival will offer a vibrantly mixed programme of discussion, film, lectures, music, workshops and of course communal worship, through a diverse and jubilant range of skills, talents and passions.