Arts Festival Month in the Stroud District

The Stroud Valleys bursts into life this May by celebrating the arts and creative industries. The SELECT 17 textiles exhibition and the SITE 17 contemporary arts festival both take place.

Select Festival 2017

The Select Festival is an annual festival celebrating the applied arts and crafts presented by Stroud International Textiles. It opens 29 April to 28 May in venues in Stroud Centre and around the Five Valleys, and out to Cirencester and Miserden. The festival offers exhibitions, workshops, talks and events from leading designer makers, artists and speakers. 

New for 2017 is a contemporary sculpture exhibition at Miserden Nurseries with linked talks; work in shop windows in Stroud Centre; a Collectives Fair with inspiring stands selling designer craft and vintage textiles and work from Hereford College; A one-day Symposium and innovative exhibitions.

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Open Studios 2017

You will also have the chance to look behind the scenes in studios and artists' homes. Stroud's SITE 17 Festival and Select Festival Open Studios will be held 6th-7th and 13th-14th May and will feature over 102 artists in 48 locations across the district. This year’s Open Studios event will be even more enticing and exciting to hundreds of new and regular visitors.

Look out for a great selection of bakes, both sweet and savoury in some of the Open Studios this year. Take pictures of the Art and Food and post them up online to vote for your favourites in Open Studios Bake Off Instagram special feed. Follow on Instagram: sva__ #openstudiosbakeoff

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