1. Raise the profile of TVAF
2. Connect artists to local communities
"I found managing the TVAF 25 events incredibly enjoyable from the first meeting with Mottifsont in January right up to Thursday’s closing event" says John Baxter.
"We can do this when we get home" said people who participated in the Land Art events - fulfilling TVAF’s mission to inspire
We know of at least three instances where artists are now planning other activities as a result of their successful events; for example Amanda Kane Smith wants to take the TVAF Art Bus to a range of communities and engage children in crafts as part of a storytelling project.
The big successful events were where we were making appearances at other events such as Romsey Show, Andover Festival of Motoring, Hillier Gardens and Mottisfont Abbey. Kite Making at Danebury Ring was the exception where some 50 people came on a beautiful Sunday to make and fly kites. Some of the smaller scale events were absolutely beautiful and feedback showed people and the artists valued and were moved by them.
Back in the planning stages it was noticed that many people hadn't heard of TVAF but this has now been partially rectified by working with so many artists to deliver community events in such a short space of time at such a broad range of organisations. We expanded our activity into Romsey and it is important to continue to include the whole of Test Valley rather than perpetuating a division between north and south.
Organisations who partnered with TVAF such as Hilliers, Mottisfont and Hawk Conservancy have said they would like to work with us again and are now willing to pay their own costs as an investment in future art collaborations.
Altogether we estimate that we engaged directly with over 1000 people and had visibility to more than 8000 people.