Artists work together for funding turnaround

By Richard Wright

Thursday, April 24, 2014

 

Artists work together for funding turnaround

Foal Arts exhibition at The Depozitory, Ryde. Chris Jenkins running a workshop, with (from left) Stella Stratton, 12, Will Riley, 12, and Issy Dixon, 12. Picture by Laura Holme.

CONTEMPORARY craft, free family workshops, artists’ demonstrations and storytelling for children helped launch a new Isle of Wight arts organisation.

Foal Arts, a new Community Interest Company, held a contemporary craft fair at the Depozitory in Nelson Street, Ryde, on Good Friday and Saturday.

Since converting the Depozitory into studios in 2012, artists Jo Hummel-Newell and Chris Jenkins have been busy forming the new arts organisation to provide opportunities for Island artists and professional support for creative businesses.

Jo said: "There are already organisations on the Island doing great things, but, even with their hard work, the Island is still severely unrepresented by national funding bodies and we want to turn that around."

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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