Highlights Miniature Worlds tour comes to St Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale
A touring exhibition of work by twelve very different artists around a common theme of miniature worlds is coming to St Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale in June. This is part of the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme’s ninth annual tour of the best of contemporary craft.
From fabulous jewellery and tiny ceramic sculptures to the smallest shoes and intricate historic costumes – all on a scale that makes them especially intriguing and that encourages visitors to look more closely for the unexpected – Miniature Worlds will include more than 300 different pieces, some of them for sale to visitors.
This year’s tour receives funding from the Arts Council England, Queen’s Hall Arts (Hexham), ONE North East, Eden District Council Community Fund, South Lakes District and Cumbria and Durham County Councils as well as the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Hadrian Trust, the Holehird Trust and a Cumbrian winery, High Cup Wines from near Appleby-in-Westmorland.
Miniature Worlds will be on display around the north of England during May and June and will be at St Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale from Thursday 20th June to Sunday 23rd June and open from 11am to 5pm each day. The St Mary’s Church exhibition will also include work by children from Queen Elizabeth School who have been working with Serena Partridge in recent weeks.
Helen Baines is the promoter for the tour’s visit to Kirkby Lonsdale. “We had such a success with last year’s tour that we were keen to provide a venue again in 2013. Serena Partridge has been working with local children and the work that they’ve created is amazing. We’re expecting the Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour to be one of our own summer highlights.”
Other venues for the tour include:
Friday 3 May - Mon 6 June Newbiggin Maritime Centre
11am to 5pm Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland NE64 6DB
Friday 17 May - Sun 19 May Askham and Helton Village Hall
11am to 5pm Askham, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2PG
Friday 24 May - Mon 27 May St Thomas’s Church Hall
11am to 5pm Stanhope, Weardale DL13 2UE
Friday 31 May - Mon 3 June BURC (formerly St Paul’s Church)
11am to 5pm Spittal, Northumberland TD15 1QY
Friday 14 June - Sun 16 June Hamsterley Village Hall
11am to 5pm Teesdale, County Durham DL13 3QF
Friday 28 June – Sun 30 June The Kirkgate Centre, Kirkgate,
11am – to 5 pm Cockermouth CA13 9PJ
A brochure with full details of the Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour venues and dates is now available from libraries, Tourist Information Centres or from the Highlights offices: 14 King’s Head Court, Appleby, Cumbria CA16 6QH. 017683 53954 or via www.highlightsnorth.co.uk. Further information is also on the Queen Elizabeth School website at www.queenelizabeth.cumbria.sch.uk