Art + Weather = ArtsFest 2014

The wild winter may be a distant memory, but Lyme Regis’s mighty battering from nature’s fury at the start of the year has led the town’s premiere cultural event, ArtsFest, to chose ‘Weather Beaten’ as the theme for its 12th edition from 20-28 September. At the Town Mill Galleries, visitors will enjoy paintings, photographs, sculptures, textiles, glassware and installations, all inspired by the weather at its most powerful.

Moreover, this year’s theme has turned ArtsFest’s Art Trail into an Art & Word Trail for the first time. Alongside 2D and 3D artwork displayed in the town’s shops will be stories and poems about the British weather written (and often decorated) by local school children and adults. Lyme’s well-known photojournalist Richard Austin will make a welcome return to ArtsFest with one of his illustrated talks on his career including his iconic images of storm-battered Lyme at a special evening event at the Marine Theatre on 24 September.

Storm - Richard Austin














Several other cornerstones of the ArtsFest experience will be at this year’s event. For art lovers, the ever-popular ArtsFest Group Exhibition at the Baptist Church Hall returns for its 7th year, showcasing the original work of talented local artists across a wide variety of media. For walkers and history buffs, Natalie Manifold will again lead a series of walks themed around various aspects of Lyme’s past and literary connections. And for those content to watch and learn, Ronnie Creswell will be demonstrating monoprinting at the Jubilee Pavilion (20 Sept), and John Hoar will lead a watercolour demonstration at Woodmead Hall (23 Sept).

Finally, for those who follow specific artists, Maisie Hill, Brian Matravers, Gail Sagman and Peter Wiles will be running Open Studios during the festival giving visitors the opportunity to meet them and chat about their work. The final weekend also sees the return of the ArtsFest Arts and Crafts Market at the Marine Parade Shelters where affordable, original and fun souvenirs of Lyme Regis will be on offer.

So, whatever the weather, come rain, hail or shine, there will be plenty for visitors to do, see and buy during the nine days of ArtsFest 2014. For more details and booking information, pick up a brochure at libraries, TICs and art venues in the area or visit the website (

Karol Kulik, Lyme Regis ArtsFest

Published on 09/09/2014.

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