in Action is a 3-day arts & crafts festival where top
artists and craftspeople from many different disciplines are invited
to set up studio and demonstrate their work and skills live.
Visitors come to see how it’s done and are inspired; they
are welcome to meet the artists informally and ask questions about
their work and techniques.
Most of the art and craftwork on show is available for sale direct
from the artists.
A wide range of practical classes is available each day, with adults
and children catered for separately. Classes are designed to encourage
the novice and each participant learns how to make a finished piece
of art or craft for taking home.
The liberal arts are represented through a programme of music, drama,
dance, story telling and lectures.
The event is renowned among visitors and artists alike not only
for the breadth and quality of the art on show, but also for its
wonderful organisation, relaxed family atmosphere and beautiful
Art in Action has grown greatly in scale, quality and variety
from its small beginnings in 1994. In that time over 85,000 visitors
have spent a magical day watching hundreds of leading artists and
craftspeople actively creating their work. More than 8,000 visitors are expected this year.
Art in Action is a not-for-profit event which honours
the role of the artist in society. It is organised and staffed entirely
on a voluntary basis and is held this year over the 3 days of the
May Holiday Weekend.