New Team for Lyme Regis ArtsFest 2015

A well-attended Lyme Regis ArtsFest AGM and Artists’ Meeting on 22 January began with a minute’s silence and lighted candles in memory of Edna Dorrington, a treasured artist and friend to everyone who’s taken part in the Lyme art scene in recent years. The AGM then focused on the successful 2014 edition of ArtsFest and made a start on plans for ArtsFest 2015, which will run from 19-27 September.

Remembering Edna
After many fulfilling years of energetic input into ArtsFest, including having devised and organised the Arts Council-funded ‘re:collection’ event two years ago, Christine Allison and Karol Kulik announced their retirement as co-directors. Two members of the existing committee and three new artist-members were unanimously elected to head up the 2015 Steering Group.

The re-elected members are Phil Clayton, a professional artist who works in response to environments and is an Arts Manager and Lecturer as well as Curator and Trustee at the Town Mill, and Wendy Davies, representing the Lyme Regis Development Trust, who generously agreed to continue doing the essential administration and fundraising that have allowed ArtsFest artists to flourish. They are now joined by John Calder, a project manager before retirement who manages his woodlands, makes charcoal and produces land art (often on view in public spaces around Lyme) and Terry Jeavons, a graphic designer and art director who has worked with professional creative communities before and is a photographer who also draws and paints. The third new member, Sarah Thomas, is an experienced Art and Design Lecturer in Further and Higher Education, has run a variety of Community Arts projects, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Lyme locals and visitors are likely to remember her installations for the re:collection initiative, a full-sized Victorian bathing machine and six decorated deck chairs which graced the Lyme seafront in the summer of 2013.

With such an experienced team, ArtsFest 2015 will be an exciting evolution of this popular town event, now in its 13th year. The team is currently canvassing opinions and ideas from those interested in participating this year, so if you work in the arts and crafts field and would like to take part, please send your email address to

Karol Kulik, Lyme Regis ArtsFest

Published on 03/02/2015.

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