The Art and Craft Exhibition

The Whitchurch Society held their annual

Art & Craft Exhibition 2018

at Whitchurch Village Hall, Manor Road

Saturday 24th November - Sunday 25th November

This popular annual event was staged by The Whitchurch Society in Whitchurch Village Hall over the weekend of 24th / 25th November. There were 195 entries which is close to the record number of 218 entries in 2013. It was a very successful and sociable occasion which provided the opportunity for everyone to see and share the results of creative talent in our community. There was a wonderful variety of artwork, craftwork and photographs from young and old, showing a very high standard. It was also lovely to welcome new exhibitors to the show, and we hope they will continue to enter in the years ahead.

This year's theme for the Joyce Voysey Prize was 'Dogs' which was very popular with both the junior and adult exhibitors. The biggest surprise was that a dog actually was awarded first prize in the Under 6 age group - the judges were completely unaware that Harold Brazil was a dog! Colourful displays of work by children at the Pre-School, the Primary School and the Oratory Prep School were very eye-catching, especially the Remembrance poppies hanging which was produced by the Primary School.

This was the inaugural year for the Brazil Award. This category is for film or documentary or animation videos, no longer than 5 minutes in length. There were two qualifying entries by Scarlett and Tess Higley and the judges decided that they should be joint winners of this new Award.

Visitors enjoyed refreshments all weekend and meeting up with friends and neighbours before the prize-giving ceremony at 4-30pm on Sunday.

Congratulations to all the prize winners; a full list of these can be found here.

Very many thanks to all exhibitors and also to everyone who helped with the setting up, dismantling and running of the show, including serving the refreshments and making delicious cakes. Finally, my special thanks to Sarah Dixon, Wendy Ferguson, Jean-Marc Grosfort and Peter Smith who helped me in the planning stages and to the Whitchurch Society members who supported us.

 Sally Woolhouse (sally@wotarts.co.uk)