As a dutiful parent, I’ve done more than my fair share of school fundraisers – fetes, coffee mornings, fashion shows, fun days and all sorts of things. None were quite as impressive as Colyton Grammar School’s offerings; in the summer I visited their fantastic Garden and Food Festival which was incredibly professional, with some excellent stalls, and their other big event is happening now.
The Big Colyton Art Show is live online now, with an exhibition and sale on the weekend of 12th-14th Friday at Colyton Grammar School in East Devon. Featuring painters, jewellers, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers and printers, the range of media and styles is vast, and pieces range from small pieces of jewellery to huge garden bronzes.
Naturally the local area is an inspiration for many, and iconic images like Colmer’s Hill and the Jurassic Coast feature often, but the number and variety of artists means there is a huge scope in the subject matter. Bob Bradshaw’s local pieces are bound to catch the eye, and his view of Seaton from Harepath Hill will resonate with many visitors.
Well-known local artists like Hilary Buckley and Jools Woodhouse have entered pieces, alongside artists with links to the school, such as Devon’s Marina Morris.
The pieces are all available to view and buy already on the event’s website, or to see them in person visit on 12th-14th October. As well as the art exhibition, there will be refreshments on offer, and art-related activities to keep children happy while you browse.
With generous sponsorship from many local companies, the event organisers hope that the funds raised will help provide facilities and opportunities for the school, which is increasingly important in these cash-strapped times.
This seems like the perfect opportunity to buy something truly unique, support a local artist and raise money for childrens education all in one fell swoop. It’s a very clever idea – but then, what would you expect from a grammar school?