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WW1 and local victories will be at the heart of projects for Kidderminster Arts Festival (KAF) this year. The popular festival is organised by Wyre Forest District Council and will run from 9 - 24 August 2014.KAF is now in its 11th year and attracting increasing attention from organisations and audiences alike. This year the festival has been given its biggest ever grant from Arts Council England.

Wyre Forest District Council was awarded more than £23,000 towards the organisation of on KAF. The authority has also secured funding from Worcestershire County Council for a small scale commission project and money from West Midlands Arts Connect to look at how KAF can develop its work with partners and young people.

To kick off the festival, artist Tracey Shough from Pica Pica will be building a temporary chapel in Kidderminster Town Hall Corn Exchange. Tracey is originally from Birmingham, but now lives mainly in France. She will be using objects she has found to build the chapel, which will also include many small shrines. These will pay homage to local people’s victories. To do it she needs stories from locals.

Tracey said:

“It doesn’t matter how small your victory is, if it’s important to you, I’d like to hear from you so I can include it in this installation. Please drop me an email tracey.wildatart@gmail.com or message me on Facebook. Just search for ‘The Chapel of Victories’. I’m really enjoying being involved with KAF and being reconnected to the West Midlands again.”

Tracey will be running workshops on 26 and 27 July at the Boars Head Gallery in Kidderminster for anyone who would like to help make an alterpiece for the temporary chapel. Places are limited, so people should email loz.samuels@wyreforestdc.gov.uk for more details and to reserve a place.

Six new works of art will be shown during KAF 2014 thanks to the Small Scale Commissions Scheme. This is open to artists from Worcestershire to create a temporary piece of artwork. The chosen artists will be given a grant of £250 on completion of the work. The priority will be visual art or mixed art form work, which can appear at the festival for at least a day. Interested artists need to contact loz.samuels@wyreforestdc.gov.uk.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said:

“We are getting really excited about the fabulous programme which is on offer for this year’s KAF. There will be so much to do and see. The other great news is that we now have a new website dedicated to KAF, where you can find out everything which is happening and book tickets for the events, though most are free to attend. Visit http://www.kidderminsterartsfestival.org.uk/

Loz Samuels, Arts and Play Development Officer at Wyre Forest District Council said:

“We are really grateful to all our supporters and appreciate the generous grants we’ve been promised this year. We will only receive the funds if we raise some money ourselves so we would like people to help us make KAF happen again, so we’ve set up a fundraising page. Anyone wanting to donate should visit http://www.gofundme.com/ and search for KAF. Every donation, no matter how small, will be gratefully received and help secure the future of this great event.”




Wyre Forest District Council