A record year for the Exhibition… and here is how it happened
A record 180 exhibitors entered over 900 pieces this year (in 2016 we had had 142 exhibitors who entered 798 pieces). The organisers were thrilled to welcome several new artists to add to their loyal regular exhibitors. Remember, all our artists come from within a 30 mile radius of Church Stretton (we stretch the boundary on the odd occasion!) but it shows that we have an amazing amount of talented people around.
The number of visitors also increased. We had over 1,100 visitors during the 2 weeks of the exhibition, which doesn’t include those people who get in free… students, exhibiting artists, visitors after 6pm when there is an evening performance… or those who made use of their unlimited entry ticket and came back several times to view and choose what to buy!
Our sales this year made another record – just under 25% of the exhibits with our selling artists receiving over £10,000 from their sold items.
A second craft room was added this year, along with an invitation to craftspeople to submit additional pieces. This proved popular with artists and visitors alike: the number of craft pieces rose from 96 last year to 200 this year.
The organising team wishes to extend a massive thank you to all those who contributed to the success of Exhibition 2017. The unfailing energy of artists and volunteers never ceases to amaze and impress.
And now we look forward to Exhibition 2018!
We are already busy planning next years event, more details will be sent out in our January Newsletter or you can pop back here to the website, where we will be putting on all the info for next year soon!
Important dates for 2018
Entries open: Monday 9 April 2018
Entries close: Friday 29 June 2018
Set up day: Saturday 28 July 2018 at Church Stretton School, Shrewsbury Road, Church Stretton SY6 6EX, from 10am to 12 noon
Opening night: Monday 30 July 2018, 7.30pm at Church Stretton School
Exhibition: Tuesday 31 July 2018 to Saturday 11 August 2018, 11am to 6pm at Church Stretton School. The opening time is extended to 7.15pm when there is an evening event at the school
Collection day: Sunday 12 August 2018 at Church Stretton School from 10am to 12 noon