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All aboard for the Branch Line – a free-of-charge art event for everyone


Pick up a pencil and be inspired by Stratford Park’s arboretum for a relaxed afternoon of art this Sunday.

Branch Line is a collaboration between Stroud District Council’s Museum in the Park, and Prema arts centre in Uley.

This community drop-in event will allow participants to try out a variety of drawing techniques and styles with no fixed expectations about how it `ought to be.’

All ages and abilities are welcome. Resources and workstations will be provided where budding artists can experiment with materials and new ways of looking and seeing, guided by artists.

SDC Community Services & Licensing Committee Chair Cllr Beki Aldam said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to have a go at creating art in the magnificent Stratford Park.”

Cllr Trevor Hall, vice chair added: “Providing residents with exciting opportunities to engage with the Museum in the Park and extend community reach to new audiences is one of the key projects in our Council Plan.”

Gordon Scott, Director of Prema said: “We started thinking about a tree-drawing event some while ago as people often assume they’ll be easy things to draw. Trees are magnificently complicated, and Stratford Park and its arboretum houses a truly splendid variety of species.

“We’ve also been really keen to make Prema a bit more peripatetic, creating partnerships and cooking up new project ideas with colleague organisations across the Stroud district. We’ve always been massive fans of the Museum in the Park and so this collaborative project feels really exciting.

“The focus of the day is all about having fun, giving it a go and trying out a range of drawing, mark-making, printing techniques and discovering a new passion. We have a truly brilliant gang of artists waiting to help you look at trees in a creative way. Hope we’ll see you there”.

The Museum in the Park is situated within Stratford Park, a beautiful park encompassing an arboretum, woodland, parkland, and water features. The arboretum contains one of the finest collections of mature trees in the district, some of which are almost 200 years old.

The event will be held outdoors, so please wear warm clothes and suitable footwear.

Branch Line is free-of-charge to attend but donations on the day would be very welcome.

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