2020 Festival Planning

Last night we had a Zoom meeting of the Creative Royston Management Committee at which we decided that it was not feasible to proceed with Royston Arts Festival in its usual format this year.

Our decision is based on several reasons including the continuing uncertainty over the nature of social distancing that will be operating when the festival takes place in September and how this will affect the venues that we were planning to use for Creative Royston events. We are also aware that we will not have a Royston Fringe this year as they feel that their venues are not easily adaptable to social distancing in the festival context and, quite understandably, they are concerned about the risk to their helpers some of whom are quite elderly. In addition, one of the major contributing arts groups for the festival has decided that it will work towards staging an online alternative this year.

The festival also faces some uncertainty over funding in the present climate so we will now plan to stage an online festival that may also be able to accommodate a live event or two if circumstances allow. At the same time, we will be seeking to reduce our costs to allow us to stage a different festival this year and still leave us with enough funds to stage a festival next year more in line with the usual format.

We hope you understand our reasoning behind this decision and we do already have lots of ideas for events that could work online or live. We will publicise our plans in due course and whilst the closing date for entry to the festival has already passed, in the revised circumstances, we will consider further applications for the next few weeks. Please email either chair@creativeroyston.org or community@creativeroyston.org but please also be aware that, for the reasons stated above, we are unlikely to be able to support your proposal financially, except perhaps in exceptional circumstances and then only to a minimum extent.

Stay safe everyone!

Cover Art Competition & Art Exhibition Updates

At the request of one of our schools we are extending the deadline for the Cover Art Competition to Friday 5th June. The competition aims to provide our artist Stacey Leigh-Ross with the material to create a collage drawn from the artwork of the competition entries and the final artwork will form the cover for the 2020 Royston Arts Festival programme.

See previous posts for more details or just click on the Cover Art Competition poster on the left to view entry details. For inspiration you can perhaps look at last year’s completed Cover Art on the left.

For further inspiration have a look at the Royston Arts Society’s (RAS) online Members Exhibition which has just been relaunched with the addition of the works of a further 3 artists.

ART COMPETITION & EXHIBITION

If you are interested in art, or know the work of some of our talented local artists, you may want to have a look at Royston Arts Society’s (RAS) online Members Exhibition. Just click on the poster on the left  or HERE (to open a new window) to take you to the RAS website where the exhibition runs until the end of June. At least one of the artists will be donating all money from sales to the NHS for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Now the deadline for submissions has passed we can focus on our  Cover Art Competition which we are able to run with the help of Royston Schools and our artist Stacey-Leigh Ross (By Leigh) who has kindly agreed to work from digital images of artwork created by schoolchildren based on our festival theme.

This year’s theme is A Question of Balance’ which was chosen partly as a play on the year 2020 and to highlight the importance  of ‘well-being’ which can be achieved by correctly balancing  the different priorities in our lives. We hope that it will provide some inspiration for the children’s artwork and allow a wide range of artistic interpretations.

Click on the Cover Art Competition poster on the left to view entry details and click HERE for a free online tool which can reduce image sizes if required for email purposes. For inspiration you can perhaps look at last year’s completed Cover Art on the left which was created by Stacey from  the selected entries and used on the front cover of the 2019 festival programme.

 

Schools Cover Art Competition & Event Submissions 2020

Just a quick reminder that Friday 1st May is the deadline day for  accepting accepting submissions for the 2020 festival and for applications for seed-funding.

Details of how to submit an event for entry into the festival and also how to apply for seed-funding can be found on the Organise an Event page. In the event that you miss the deadline please email chair@creativeroyston.org with details of your event and a late entry will be considered.

We are also announcing that we are going to try and run another Cover Art Competition in conjunction with Royston Schools. In the present circumstances our artist Stacey-Leigh Ross (By Leigh) has kindly agreed to work from digital images of artwork created by schoolchildren based on our festival theme.

This year’s theme is A Question of Balance’ which was chosen partly as a play on the year 2020 and to highlight the importance  of ‘well-being’ which can be achieved by correctly balancing  the different priorities in our lives. We hope that it will provide some inspiration for the children’s artwork and allow a wide range of artistic interpretations.

Click on the Cover Art Competition poster on the left to view entry details and click HERE for a free online tool which can reduce image sizes to below 500kb. You can also see last year’s completed Cover Art on the left created by Stacey from  the selected entries which was used on the front cover of the 2019 festival programme.