Jude Freeman, the founder of Fairstream Arts said “It is a real privilege to show our work in such beautiful surroundings. Thanks to everyone who voted for us. We’re absolutely thrilled to have been chosen. We hope that this will inspire others and if you would like to join us email email@example.com.”
Set up in response to the needs of both established artists and those new to art practice, Fairstream Arts has in the last year alone involved over 250 participants. With an age range spanning five decades, these artist/makers hail from all walks of life, including a farmer, a meteorologist and hospital staff.
Fairstream Arts is based at Hope Hall, a Victorian former chapel near the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Their studio is a welcoming and inspiring space, described by locals as ‘one of Exeter’s hidden gems.’ Activities include beginners drawing classes; studio days where individuals can paint, print-make, draw etc; special workshops e.g. in bookbinding and keeping a travel journal; and regular costume life/portraiture days.
Open to all arts groups and societies that draw their members from the Exeter area, seven groups entered the Express & Echo competition. Four reached the shortlist: Art Haven, Magic Carpet, Farringdon Society of Arts and the winner, Fairstream Arts.
Greg Sheldon, Lead Councillor for Environment and Leisure said “There is a wealth of artistic talent in the Exeter area and Exeter City Council is pleased to be working with the Express and Echo to give local groups this wonderful opportunity.”
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