The Fringe programme was published as planned on Monday, June 1st. Many thanks to Armelle Perrin for doing such a good job with the design and to Peak Press for producing such a high quality programme.
The public launch took place at the Buxton Museum on Saturday, June 7th in what was a double celebration. Artists working on the Vers@Tile community arts project were present to unveil and talk about the finished triptych - and the picture above shows just one of the ceramic tiles that make up this celebration of the Fringe. Later that day a friend saw me in my Fringe t-shirt and said - almost offering sympathy - "Oh, you've been working today?"
Work - far from it, it was the greatest pleasure not only to meet Caroline, Jill, Adele and Sandra but especially thrilling to see so many of the young artists looking for their work on the panels, anxious to point them out to friends and family.Vers@Tile was supported financially by Lottery Funding through Awards for All, by Derbyshire County Council, the Bingham Trust and the Satterthwaite Trust. The artwork will be exhibited in the main upstairs gallery at the Museum until then end of the Fringe when a permanent home will be found for it.
The other guests present to celebrate the launch included Cllr Tony Bingham - recently appointed as Mayor for the High Peak - and Deb Hill, headteacher of Buxton Community School (which is more and more involved in working with the Fringe and is playing its part in bringing young people into contact with the arts locally). Watch out for other pictures and a full report in the Buxton Advertiser.
On a quite separate note I'm told that the programme for the Buxton Film weekend (17-19th July) is nearing completion. Entries for the short film competition - Open Shorts - have closed and 10 films have been chosen for showing. Jess Savage told us that "There is a good range of styles in the competiton with a strong local flavour. There are documentaries, moving personal reflections alongside ambitious and technically very assured work. All the films show energy and imagination on the part of the film makers who range from around 15 to 88 years of age. The films deal with some difficult issues - attitudes towards disability and coping with bereavement, for example. The quality of the films has more than justifed the competition and we have around 100 minutes of film that will intrigue and entertain." Full details of the Buxton Film programme will be published in the next fortnight - check out the websitewww.buxtonfilm.org.uk for news and updates.