Melbourne Festival theme is Wild Wood

The winner of the 2016 Melbourne Festival Open Art Award was Derbyshire printmaker Jacqueline Currell.

This was the first time the open exhibition has been separated from the main Melbourne Festival Art and Architecture Trail which is on September 17 and 18 but many of those exhibiting will also be at the trail.

The weekend’s main exhibition in the Assembly Rooms will have the theme of Wild Wood and will be featuring artists linked to the landscape of the National Forest and Derbyshire or creating work featuring woodland creatures.

Artists include the wildlife sculptures of Lynn Hazel Smith, the furniture of Peter Woods, Jane Bevan’s woodland vessels, Victoria Brown’s blossom and lace paintings and Paul Johnstone’s pointillist paintings of trees.

There will also be a Wind in the Willows theme for children.

For details of the full festival go to There will be more in artsbeat’s September issue out at the end of August.