Sketch BoxMonday 1 May to Friday 23 June

For the past five years the art exhibition, featuring work by local artists, has been an important part of Simonsbath Festival. This year the festival puts everyone in the frame by hosting Sketch Boxes to encourage old and young alike to draw, read or write inside.

The Sketch Boxes have been created especially for the festival out of the highly successful Exmoor Poetry Boxes which have confounded expectations by collecting more than 5,500 poems from passers-by over the last three years.

‘How such a simple idea has been so generously embraced is quite extraordinary,’ says Mr Jelley. ‘It illustrates just how keen people are to add their mark.’

The Poetry Boxes captured words from travellers from around the world, and in a myriad of languages too, so this year’s Sketch Boxes will put the universal language of drawing centre stage, though there is still plenty of space for poetry.

The boxes will make their first appearance at Simonsbath Festival’s May Day celebrations on Exford Village Green on Bank Holiday Monday May 1, and will then be located around Simonsbath from May 2 until June 21, maintaining a constant presence throughout the festival for people to pen as little or as much as they like.

Towards the end of the festival they will be displayed at St Luke’s Church, for Matthew Fort’s talk on June 21, and then at the Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross, for the Midsummer Family and Community Concert which closes the festival on June 23.

So hunt out the Sketch Boxes and make your mark for Simonsbath Festival.

For more information please contact Sandy Schott.

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