Souvenirs of our 25th celebrations
Holes, Cracks, Gaps and Loopholes; a Micro-Residency at The Observatory(SPUD) , Mottisfont Abbey
How the ‘French Artist’ fits in the local cultural and social landscape at Mottisfont.
Read Laurence Dube-Rushby's blog:
Photography Competition with Andover Trees
On Sunday 4 September, TVAF sponsored a day at Harmony Woods, with professional photographer Andy Brooks, on hand to lend advice. This is part of the Andover Trees photographic competition. For details of their competition please go to: www.andovertrees.org.uk
25 Events to Celebrate 25 Years
This year, Test Valley Arts Foundation (TVAF) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Arts Bus will tour the borough providing 25 days of art activities acting as a hub for any number of different events: workshops, masterclasses, music performances, poetry, drama, arts and crafts and more. Events will run from 1st September until 17 November.
The three main aims for the festival are:
- To celebrate TVAF by raising its and that of the Arts Bus' profile
- To Raise the profile of arts activities in Test valley and the practitioners themselves
- To raise the level of arts participation in Test Valley
TVAF 25th Anniversary
A SHORT HISTORY
Test Valley Arts Foundation (TVAF) was established 25 years ago by Michael Colvin, former MP for Romsey, to promote and encourage the arts and culture which in turn, contributes to the quality of life in the borough. It was initially established with a grant from the Tesco development in Andover, via Test Valley Borough Council. Over the years TVAF has continued to be supported by extensive grants from Hampshire County Council and Test Valley Borough Council as well as the Arts Council. TVAF’s achievements have been many and varied: nearly 100 awards totalling £38,000 have been made to individual artists and community groups and they have also initiated many projects across the borough. These range from the Summer Celebration of Arts, Music and Young People at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in 2006, the Staples2Naples banger rally in the same year through to more recent events including And Now We Tell Our Tale, a professional play, based upon the experiences of Andover residents. This started as a multi school project in 2015 and was then developed so that this year it was performed in 6 schools in Andover as well as a sell-out performance at The Lights.
Perhaps its biggest achievement has been to raise the funding and refurbish the then redundant St Mary’s Chapel in Andover to create a unique art space, Chapel Arts Studios, for 3 artists. The lead artist, David Dixon, was appointed in 2009 and he works on a variety of artistic projects throughout the community as well as assisting a range of community artists using the studio space and founding the Educational Projects Residency, placing arts students into local schools.
In 2014, TVAF acquired a former library bus and converted this into the Arts Bus, which has toured the borough and appeared at several community events including the Winchester Hat Fair. Throughout the years, TVAF has sponsored prizes for the ‘Best of Test Valley Artist’, Rum’s Eg Gallery Open Exhibition and the Andover Young Musicians awards.
The latest project to be funded is the Live, Laugh, Love Test Valley, a website which will feature a photographic record from members of the public, of life in the borough over the last 100 years. This will be launched in April 2016.