Gunning plans for arts festival in 2020

Several Gunning groups have set in motion plans for an arts festival to be held in 2020.

Celebrating Nature will be held on April 17-18, 2020 as a celebration of the rich diversity of creative talent, organisers said.

Art fans rejoice: The Gunning Arts Festival committee planning for the 2020 event. Photo: Clare McCabe.

Art fans rejoice: The Gunning Arts Festival committee planning for the 2020 event. Photo: Clare McCabe.

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It is a chance to celebrate the natural environment and build on the region's resilience and pride.

In a written statement, organisers said Gunning had "a proud agricultural history and rural tradition and a very active Landcare community.

"Many have been hit hard by the current drought and yet continue to work hard to ensure that the land is nurtured for future generations."

The committee hope the festival will raise the profile of regional artists and creatives, as well as to promote the art experience.

The two-day event will feature performers, arts and craft practitioners, as well as craft-based workshops.

Already, Creative Gunning plan to hold innovative mathematics craft workshops for students and a fashion parade of fibre arts and a participatory art installation. The Gunning Hookers, a crochet group of Creative Gunning, will yarn-bomb Yass Street.

As well as, performances of three one act plays written by Millicent Armstrong, playwright and farmer will be performed. They will introduce the significant playwright to a wider audience Dianna Nixon said. Armstrong has a connection to the region which dates back to 1919.

The Picture House Gallery and Bookshop, trading out of the 1937 Coronation Theatre, will host an art exhibition, as well as an art competition and stage performances by vocalists and musicians.