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Retford Annual Arts Festival is an annual event started in 2016, running for three days over the second Bank Holiday in May.

There are venues around town and in surrounding villages.

The event is organised through Retford Hub.

All are welcome, it is free to attend and free to take part.


2017 Festival Pictures

Thank you to all those who took part and to the venues. We had work on display from around 350 artists and artisans with lots of activities for all ages. Everyone I spoke to enjoyed the day.

 These photos are just a few of the events and activities that took place.

If you have any photos of the events please email them to Chris@retfordhub.org.

Children were again the stars of the show with so many activities to enjoy. This little girl painted a self portrait that was then hung with many others around the railings of St Swithuns.

The picture opposite shows activities being enjoyed at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve where there was a big display of the children's art.

Painting the view at Idle Valley

Another artwork of which to be proud!

The craft market was fabulous with some interesting and exciting crafts from outside the area as well as some from within our local area.

Some 'iconography' artwork was on display. The art form is believed to date back to biblical times

Sutton Art Club and   were resident in the Methodist Church where there was plenty of space to exhibit some fabulous work.

Arthur Begg, a well known artist who featured in last months Leisure Painter  national magazine, is talking to visitors in the newly modernised St Swithun's Lady Chapel.

The Worksop Art Society held their exhibition in the Scout Hut. A lesser known venue, this proved to be an excellent location for some great art.

A stall of wooden craft in Cannon Square.


 Children enjoy the paper craft and card making workshop run by the Retford Hubs resident crafter Issy.


Cherryl Scholes fascinated children with the hand spinning of wool from her own sheep. Jumpers are available from the Retford Hub.

Print ink again opened their doors to allow people to see the state of the art printing equipment and take part in printing their own tea towel design




Chair of Bassetlaw Council Madeline Richardson opened the Arts Festival and is pictured with Chris Daniels, Director of the Retford Hub. Also in attendance were John Handley, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council together with Councillors and staff and members of the organising committee.


The North Notts Creative Textile Group together with Village Art from Treswell were resident in The Bay Tree. As well as some fabulous work from their artists, they had a range of activities for both adults and children.

David Mowthorpe is in full flow in his fascinating lecture on art in the Balkans.

There were 8 talks and lectures on a wide range of different topics.

The Retford Art Society Swan Studios were host to their members work and had activities for children including painting with crystals and bubbles.

Val Moore, Life President and founder member of Retford Art Society, which is celebrating 50 years, is turning her hand to paper flower making.


Shaun Clark held a medieval clay workshop that was very popular. Shaun is a regular contributor to the Hub and specialises in historic techniques. Some of his fabulous pottery is available to purchase in the Hub.

Shaun surveys the aftermarth of the class!

The Retford Writers group held an event where people were invited to read out short stories or parts of stories they had written. Some of the work was incredibly moving, set against the backdrop of the fabulous St Swithun's Church.

The Bassetlaw Short Story Competition closed to entries over the weekend

Polly Warren held a workshop about Lino Printing, a demonstration showing how it was done before visitors were invited to try their hand at the techniques.

One lady brought along a lino she had cut many years previously but never printed and so was so pleased to be able to print it up.


Andy Massey was again resident in Spencers' on the Square. His artwork which is predominantly of local views always creates a lot of interest - it could be your house he painted!

Elda Bowie received a constant stream of visitors to discuss art when she was in Harry's Coffee Shop. People love talking to Elda.


The Idle Valley Nature Reserve was busy through the weekend and the art was appreciated by many visitors.


Wombles were evident at the craft fair in St Swithuns Church on the Monday

The book fair in St Swithuns' was a success.


The artist studios at the Hub

The Retford Hub Art Group were exhibiting on the top floor of the Hub.

The Retford Hub has an art group 1-3pm on Thursday together with many other classes.

If you would like to be part of the Retford Hub art community then studios are available to rent on a variety of terms

Cath Ray demonstrating bookbinding in her studio in the Retford Hub.








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