About the Art Show
After the disappointment of having to cancel the 2020 Art Show due to the Covid19 pandemic, we are delighted that the 2021 Art Show is planning to proceed in September 2021 (this year only – future years will revert to June). Now in its 46th year, the 2021 Art Show will be held from Saturday 18th to Monday 20th September, provided no lockdown restrictions are still in place. Although in order to help social distancing there won’t be a preview evening on Friday 17th September due to its popularity!
Over the years the Show has gained a reputation for attracting an impressive and eclectic range of artists. We are always thrilled to welcome back a number of popular artists whose loyal fans come year after year to buy their work, as well as introducing new artists to the Show.
The Art Show takes place in the beautiful Ayot St Lawrence “New Church,” a Grade I listed, Greek-style Church, (locally known as the Palladian Church), which is a work of art in itself.
The Show is open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday and 11am to 2pm on Monday. There will be a tea stall selling an excellent selection of home-made cakes, scones and hot and cold drinks. Entrance is just £2.00 for an adult and free for children.
In addition to framed art in the Church, there will be two marquees: one housing a much sought-after selection of unframed art and greeting cards, designed by the artists, and the other is where you will find the delicious refreshments being served.
The Art Show began life in 1974 as a means of raising money for conservation projects to maintain and protect the fabric of St Lawrence Church. This continues today. The recently installed water supply, kitchen and lavatory are just some of the enhancements that money raised by the Art Show has provided.
Commissioned by Sir Lionel Lyde around 1776, St Lawrence Church was designed by Nicholas Revett, a gentleman architect and member of the Dilettanti Club. The Church is loosely modelled on the temple to Apollo on the island of Delos in the Cyclades and so is, in fact, an early example of the ‘Greek Revival’ style, for which it gained its Grade 1 Listing, and not ‘Palladian’, as it is generally called.
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