April 11-18th, 2013

The Festival

Newquay Art8 Festival …the story so far

The first Newquay Art8 Festival was held from 14th – 21st April 2012. It has been welcomed as a great contribution to the town a huge success by the artists and performers that took part; businesses and organisations that showed active support and by the local community and visitors who experienced the Festival activities.

The Art8 Festival is intended to celebrate and showcase the cultural and artistic activity already taking place in Newquay and surrounding villages, as well as bringing in artists and performers from further afield.

It provides opportunities for a broad range of local artists and performers to contribute towards improving the image of Newquay.

The success in 2012 has laid the basis for an annual Art8 Festival which will balance community participation with professional excellence by offering accessible opportunities to participate whilst supporting artistic contributions of significant calibre.


Art8 2012

The Art8 Festival involved over 100 artists from different disciplines in over 50 events and over 20 exhibitions in 40+ venues across Newquay across 8 days. Peoples experience of the Festival ranged from chancing across one of the many activities on Newquay's Streets to consciously making a choice to take part in a Workshop, visit an exhibition or attend one of the events.

The programme included: -

  • Why Don’t You - a series of Workshops/activities that sought to encourage people to try and develop creative activities from glass fusing through life drawing to drumming
  • The Newquay Art Prize sought to engage the people of Newquay and visitors with contemporary art – commissioning 3 artists for work during the festival – this will be an annual prize
  • The Arts Trail involved over 100 artists in exhibitions and demonstrations across the town
  • Events held during the festival included a Vintage Fair and Fashion Show, The Last Blast of dance and music  as well as a daily performance poet
  • Evenings included live music at different venues, a Poetry Slam, Pub quiz and  Opening and Thank You evenings including dance, music and exhibitions
  •  The premiere of the latest film of the work of Kurt Jackson included a Q & A with the artist
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Art8Newquay: Newquay Art8 Festival is looking for a whole team of volunteers to help out during 11th and 18th April 2013. http://t.co/bviivfgbzw
3 days ago
Art8Newquay: The programme is going to print tomorrow, the online guide will be launched very soon! Watch this space for all the exciting events!!!
4 days ago
Art8Newquay: Art8 committee currently in @watershedshop putting the final touches to the programme! Exciting times!
1 week ago